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EU Youth Conference 'Social inclusion of young people in the EU'

11.03.2013 - 13.03.2013

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Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs join 150 young people and 100 policy-makers from 27 EU Member States. The EU Youth Conference will be hosted by Minister Fitzgerald and is the flagship event of the Irish EU Presidency Youth Programme.

The Conference is a core element of the European Commission's structured dialogue process with young people and brings together 150 young people and 100 policy-makers from 27 Member States EU to jointly discuss and input into youth policy on social inclusion at national and European level.

From the end of November 2012 to mid-February 2013, over 11,000 young people from all 27 Member States took part in consultations on social inclusion, in preparation for the EU Youth Conference in Dublin. The Conference is the culmination of this EU-wide consultation process and the forum where findings from these consultations will be discussed.

The agreed discussion themes, based on the EU-wide consultation findings are:

  • Employment - Employment leads to inclusion
  • Education – Inclusive education for all young people 
  • Participation – Equal rights and equal opportunities to participate in civic life 
  • Welfare - Access to welfare 
  • Support – Social and youth services for young people 
  • Youth Organisations – Youth organisations and social inclusion 
  • Quality – Assuring quality in youth work to enhance social inclusion.

Outcomes from the EU Youth Conference in Dublin will inform Conclusions on the contribution of quality youth work to the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people. These EU Conclusions will be proposed for adoption by Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to the Council of Youth Ministers in May 2013. They will also inform the development of an EU Council Resolution on Social Inclusion of young people to be proposed to the Council for adoption at the end of the 18 month Structured Dialogue cycle, under the current trio Presidency (Ireland, Lithuania and Greece).

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Doreen Burke, Assistant Principal, Youth Affairs Unit




Peter Hanrahan, Assistant Principal, Coordination Unit