The future and issues for the Youth : a European Week to discuss

From the 2nd to the 9th November will take place the European Week fro Youth. The programme includes: political debates, cultural demonstrations and various activities in different european towns, such as Brussels.

Literally hundreds of events and activities will be organised in all countries participating in the EU’s Youth in Action programme. These range from political debates at local, regional and national level, where young Europeans will be discussing the future challenges facing young people, to cultural events and activities linked to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008.

The event in Brussels is organised in close co-operation with the European Youth Forum (EYF). The young people selected by National Youth Councils and the EYF will have exchanges with the EU institutions on the future challenges for youth, which will culminate in a political discussion (on 6 November) with Commissioner Ján Figel’ and other representatives of the European Commission, as well as European Parliamentarians. These debates represent an important part of the Commission’s consultations with young people prior to the forthcoming review of the political framework for co-operation in the field of youth that is due in the spring of 2009.

Activities organised by the agencies of the Youth in Action programme and their local partners in the different countries will contribute to the overall objective of the European Youth Weeks: providing youth with a platform and an opportunity to participate and make their voice heard.

European Youth Weeks have been organised by the European Commission in 2003, 2005 and 2007, and now a regular interval of 18 months has been established.

The activities in Brussels will feature the “European Youth Celebrations” (on 5 November), which is a youth contribution to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. 33 projects, each representing a country participating in the Youth in Action Programme, will participate in the ceremony and will be showed during a special exhibition. Out of this number the best 7 projects from different actions of the Programme will receive trophies in the presence of Commissioner Ján Figel’. The “European Youth Celebrations” also mark the successful implementation of EU programmes in favour of youth over two decades.

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