EU Youth Dialogue

Do you want to get involved and improve your community? Would you like to discuss a topic that is particularly important to you and make sure it is taken into consideration by the highest authorities in the European Union? Perfect! You have the opportunity to propose your ideas to the Council of the European Union in Brussels!

If you want to find out how to do it, read this article!


What is the EU Youth Dialogue?

EU Youth Dialogue, is the possibility given to the youth  to have a dialogue with the European institutions by proposing needs, ideas, and solutions about the challenges that are part of their life.

These issues and proposals will be taken into account and included in the Youth Policies, documents concerning the strategies for the involvement of young men and women and their commitment as European citizens.

The EU Youth Dialogue is an activity supporting the European Youth Strategies 2019-2027. The strategy relate to three main themes: connect, engage, empower; i.e. they encourage cooperation between European countries in considering youth-related issues.

How does the EU Youth Dialogue work?

The national working groups meet the policymakers of the European Union and discuss various issues concerning young people and European youth organisations, such as mental health and wellbeing. Dialogue activities take place at each working cycle, during which participants discuss a topic chosen by the Council of Youth Ministers. The national working groups are responsible for carrying out consultations and activities on behalf of their country. 

Once the discussions have been concluded, the results are then discussed during the EU Youth Conferences by youth representatives and policymakers to the European Union. These conferences are held twice a year in the country which is in charge of the EU Presidency at that time.

The results of the discussions will be shown directly to the Council of the European Union, which may decide to include their ideas in its policies. 

For example, in 2018 the following Youth Goals were added to the European strategies:

  • Connecting the European Union with young people
  • Equality among all genders
  • Inclusive societies
  • European Green Sustainability
  • And many more…

How to Participate to the EU Youth Dialogue?

First of all, you have to participate in the activities of your national working group, and then you can take part in the debates and express your own ideas. The group responsible for Italian young people is the National Youth Council, which you can find here.

The various national working groups also bring together youth organisations, representatives of the National Agency for Erasmus+ programmes and Youth Councils. In addition, you can also participate through European youth organizations that are selected during the debates. Click on this link to find all the current and past events organized by the different associations. 

If you find this opportunity interesting, do not hesitate to contact the National Council and join their activities!

In a nutshell…

Young EU citizens have the opportunity to directly participate in the political life of the European Union through the EU Youth Dialogue. 

This activity allows participants to discuss different issues and to present ideas, problems and solutions to be proposed to the Council of the European Union. Through the national working groups representing each of the EU countries, participants can explain their proposals to the EU Youth Conferences. 

During these conferences, they agree upon which results to transmit to the Council at the end of the consultations. Then, the Council could decide to create new Youth Goals based on the proposed ideas. If you want to join this project, you should contact the national working group – Italy is represented by the National Youth Council.

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