Youth and the World: young people from EU and neighbouring countries meet in Warsaw


Greater cooperation between young people from the EU and Eastern Europe was the focus of the EU Youth Conference on 5-7 September in Warsaw, which gathered around 230 participants from all over Europe.
A press release from the Polish EU Presidency said “a free Schengen visa category for youth workers and a strong independent youth programme” were among the main expectations the participants of the conference put forward to the EU and the Member States.
The Conference addressed the topic “Youth and the World”, one of the priorities of European cooperation in the youth field, the press release said, adding that the Polish Presidency was keen to foster “Structured Dialogue, allowing young people from the 27 Member States to express their views and expectations on cooperation between the EU and Neighbouring Countries.”

Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, as well as Katarzyna Hall, Polish Minister of Education, and Peter Matjasic, president of the European Youth Forum (an independent youth-led platform representing 98 National Youth Councils and International Youth Organisations from across Europe)also took part in the event. 
The Polish Education Minister said that, “Poland, implementing the priority in the field of establishing positive relationship with the East, is trying to make people realize the needs and advantages of cooperation with the neighbours beyond the eastern border of the EU.” She emphasized that cooperation in the field of youth should constitute a starting point for further integration with this region.

“I am glad to see youth participation in democratic life in practice, and, indeed flourishing,” said Commissioner
Vassiliou, adding the European Commission would soon put forward a single youth programme aimed at developing “non-formal learning trough the participation and the mobility of all young people.”
Having addressed Participation and “Youth and the World”, the second cycle of Structured Dialogue will further explore Youth Participation during the consultations and EU Youth Conferences to be organised in 2012 by the Danish and Cypriot Presidencies of the Council of the EU, the press release said. (ENPI Info Centre)
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