On Monday, September 20, another meeting of the Permanent Expert Team on EU Youth Dialogue was held. The meeting was dedicated to preparation for participation in EU Youth Conference.
The meeting was attended by members of the Permanent Expert Team on EU Youth Dialogue, youth representatives in EU Youth Conference – Nevena Nikolić, member of the Governing Board of NAPOR (National association of youth workers) and Milica Borjanić, Program Coordinator at KOMS (National Youth Council of Serbia), as well as representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the representative of the Foundation Tempus.
The EU Youth Conference is the third and final conference in the frame of the 8th Cycle of the EU Youth Dialogue, following the theme of the European Youth Goal #9 “Space and participation for all” under the title “Europe for Youth – Youth for Europe: Space for Democracy and Participation”.
The EU Youth Conference was held in a hybrid way, from September 26 to September 30: partly online, partly in Maribor, Slovenia. Participation in the conference is especially important because the Republic of Serbia is the only country that is not a member of the European Union, and which has formed a Permanent Expert Team on EU Youth Dialogue.
The topic of the EU Youth Conference was following the European Youth Goal #9 “Space and participation for all“, which aims to strengthen democratic participation and autonomy of young people and to provide dedicated space for young people in all areas of society.
The conference was held as part of the final phase of the eighth cycle of the EU Youth Dialogue, and one of the goals of this conference was to evaluate the entire 8th cycle. The 8th cycle started on July 1, 2020 and it lasts for 18 months – until December 31, 2021. It is held under the chairmanship of a trio consisting of Germany – Portugal – Slovenia.
The aim of the conference is for participants to create recommendations for the implementation of the ninth goal of the EU Youth Strategy (Space and Participation for All), content for the European Council Resolution (adopted after each completed cycle of EU dialogue with young people) and recommendations for EU dialogue with young people.
The work of the National Youth Council of Serbia is supported by Sweden within the program Belgrade Open School “Civil Society as a Force for a Change in the Serbia’s EU Accession Process– CS4EU”. The views and opinions expressed during the meeting and conference do not necessarily represent the views of partners and donors.