Around one third of the population of the European Union is below 29 years old. That is why involving young people in the decision-making and implementation of regional development is crucial to create sustainable perspcetives. Against this background, the EU Danube Strategy identified the strong involvement of civil society and youth as a strategic objective. The Guidance Paper for Youth Participation addresses this strategic objective by discussing benefits, necessary conditions and good practice examples of youth involvement.
Guidance Paper for Youth Participation – Why, How & What
The Guidance Paper for Youth Participation aims at serving two purposes:
- Providing guidance to youth initiatives and young people to pro-actively shape development in the Danube Region and
- Starting a discussion in the EU Danube Strategy Governance and beyond on a long-term, sustainable perspective for the EU Danube Strategy.
Hence, the Guidance Paper provides a basis to discuss reasons why young people should engage and should be engaged, hoe we can provide an enabling environment, and what we can learn from initiatives that have been realised so far.
The Guidance Paper for Youth Participation is drafted by EUSDR Priority Area 10 “Institutional Capacity and Cooperation” in cooperation with an editors’ group representing the Danube Civil Society Forum, the Danube Youth Network, Agapedia Foundation, and the States Ministry of baden-Württemberg. The paper is based on consultations and inputs from the Danube Youth Network, representatives from the EUSDR Governance, the Danube Local Actors Platform, and participants of the 6th and 7th Danube Participation Day.
Work in progress
The draft of the Guidance Paper for Youth Participation was launched at the 6th Danube Participation Day in Bucharest (that was held back-to-back with the 8th EUSDR Annual Forum). The results of the 6th Danube Participation Day provided the basis for the draft of the Guidance Paper for Youth Participation. Representatives from youth networks, civil society organisations, public authorities, research, and the EUSDR Governance contributed to the draft Guidance Paper through a multistage consultation process. The current state of play of the Guidance Paper will be presented and discussed at the 7th Danube Participation Day. The results of the 7th Danube Participation Day will be integrated in the subsequent finalisation of the Guidance Paper for Youth Participation.
The Guidance Paper for Youth Participation is still in the drafting stage and will be finalised by the end of 2020.
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