The EU Youth Conference took place between the 2nd and 5th of October under the auspices of the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in collaboration with the European Youth Forum, the European Commission and coordinated by the European Steering Group. Adrian Barbaroș, Board member of OBESSU, represented the organisation at the first-ever online youth conference.

The conference gathered together in an unique space 150 young people from all over Europe, with different backgrounds and expertise in youth work. The conference revolved around the topic of participation, allowing young people to be in dialogue with different European politicians and reflect on the situation of young people in Europe. The results of the interactive discussions will be included in the Council recommendations, which the Federal Republic of Germany will put forward in the context of the Council presidency. 

The participants were greeted by the EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth,  Franziska Giffey, all of them stressing the active role of young people in nowadays’ society and which actions are undertaken to ensure that young people benefit from the rights granted to them. 

The conference proposed several workshops and thematic discussion that involved European policy-makers as well. Our Board Member Adrian, facilitated one of the workshops, which aimed to explore different realities from Europe and to measure the young people’s level of civic engagement. 

A new cicle of EU structured Dialogue was kicked-off: as OBESSU we will engage with the European Steering Group and we will a launch consultations with our members for a better understanding of the participation processes from EU member states, that will then will serve to European Steering Group and hand it over to different decision makers. Our aim is to diversify participative tools and to promote  a more active role of school students in decision-making processes. Through Council recommendations we hope that school students will be recognized as active participants of their learning processes.

More info on the conferencehere>>