The EU Social Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden
Grace our Young Ambassador for Northern Ireland talks about her experience travelling to Luxembourg for the last European Youth Conference of the current cycle of Structured Dialogue.
The final European Youth Conference for this cycle took place in Luxembourg during September of this year and it once again brought together young people and policy makers from across Europe.
I attended the workshops focusing upon developing youth friendly tools for political participation: essentially this means that I was part of a team of young people and decision makers who were looking at ways that young people can be involved politically through online and offline methods.
Throughout the conference we participated in plenary sessions where we heard from speakers such as the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, the EU Commissioner for Education, Youth and Sport, and the European Youth Forum President.
We worked hard throughout the week on the “Implementation Toolbox” which is the practical guide we have created to aid the implementation of the recommendations from Riga. My workshop focused upon the different ways and methods that could be used to engage young people politically from youth surgeries and meetings with politicians to online forums and videos as well as social media and YouTube. It was great to hear examples from across the EU of what methods work for them and why, as well as having the chance to get feedback and suggestions from the policy makers. The overall aim of this conference was to create the methods to ensure that the joint conclusions from Riga can be implemented across the EU.
Click here to see a report from the Conference in Luxembourg, the recommendations and the toolbox