EYW 2013 provided an opportunity to assess the Structured Dialogue and for young people to become engaged in a review of the process, a measure announced by Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the EU Youth Conference in Dublin on 11 March 2013. Representatives of all National Working Groups and some International Non-governmental Youth Organisations (INGYO) met in Brussels on 27-29 May 2013 to draw conclusions for the future directions of the Structured Dialogue.
The young people participating in the Structured Dialogue at EYW2013 were nominated from National Working Groups and INGYOs and so already had experience of the process.
The results of the Week’s discussions in Brussels were presented as “conclusions” and were then transmitted for a full dialogue with policy-makers. Based on that dialogue, “Joint Recommendations for consideration and implementation by Youth Ministers from all of the EU’s 27 Member States” were then addressed to the Council of Youth Ministers.
In the very spirit of Structured Dialogue, this process ensures that the voices of European youth are heard – and listened to!
To find out more about how the Structured Dialogue works in practice, see the SD page of this website.