On Tuesday 25 September, Luis Alvarado, President of the European Youth Forum met with Karl-Heinz Lambertz, President of the Committee of the Regions, the EU institution representing regional and local authorities.
A simple answer: yes, but also with room for improvements.
Today, UN Secretary-General António Guterres, presented the UN Youth Strategy in an event chaired by Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. It has been a document which the European Youth Forum and other youth organisations have been waiting for with anticipation.
In May 2018 the European Commission launched a Communication on a new EU Youth Strategy for time period 2019-2027. For the first time it proposed to establish EU Youth Coordinator. This paper proposes concrete measures to shape the EU Coordinator's position, so it can serve for youth policy coordination within the European Commission.
With the new EU Youth Strategy being currently negotiated in the Council of the EU, the momentum is here to build an impactful and open EU Youth Dialogue - a youth participation instrument that will succeed the Structured Dialogue with young people as of 2019.