The Irish consultation process (2013) on social inclusion and quality youth work was named: ‘Young Voices, Have Your Say’ in order to encourage as many young people as possible in the country to take part and have their voices heard. ‘Young voices’ was part of the European Structured Dialogue.
Structured Dialogue is a tool to ensure that the opinion of young people is taken into account when defining youth-related policies within the European Union. To achieve this, the structured dialogue brings together young people, youth organisations, youth representatives and policy-makers across the EU to jointly discuss issues affecting young people and feed into youth policy at national and European level.
Each cycle of structured dialogue focuses on an overall thematic priority agreed by the Youth Council of Ministers. Each National Working Group submits a National Report. A compilation of these National Reports forms the main background document for discussions at the EU Youth Conference.
What happens to the results?
The Presidency country (Currently Austria) will usually promote the recommendations of its EU Youth Conference and present them to the Council of the European Union to ensure they are reflected in Council Resolutions or Conclusions adopted by EU Youth Ministers.
The conference recommendations are also used by the European Commission to inform its future policy development.
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