The Structured Dialogue
The Structured Dialogue on Youth is a process enabling young people to be involved in the shaping of policies that affect them, through continuous cooperation among youth representatives and decision-makers.
The theme of the current cycle is
“Youth in Europe: What’s Next?”
Interested to get involved?
• For organisations: all National Youth Councils of EU Member States are part of the National Working Groups. If your INGYO is interested in participating actively into the Structured Dialogue process, please contact email@example.com
• For individuals: As an individual, you can take part in the Structured Dialogue process either at National level, by taking part in the activities and consultations which are led by the National Working Group of your country (to know more, you can contact the NYC of your country). At European level, through your INGYO involved in the Structured Dialogue process.
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Learn more about Structured Dialogue below!
Gain an overview by exploring the useful guide created by YEU in partnership with OBESSU, EFIL, AEGEE, EMSA, ACTIVE, WOSM, ESN and EEE-YFU
The process is the result of the White Paper: A New Impetus for European Youth (2001), which outlines already the importance to consult young people on policy fields that affect them directly.
In 2005, a European Union Council Resolution invited the European Commission and the Member States to develop a Structured Dialogue with young people and youth organisations, experts on youth issues and public decision makers. The biggest boost for its implementation happened with the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018) adopted in 2009 through the Council Resolution that recognises young people as key actors in society. The framework mentions the importance to defend young people’s right to be involved and to participate in the elaboration of policies that affect them through a permanent structured dialogue between decision makers, young people and youth organisations.
The Structured Dialogue is a means of making young people’s voice heard in the European policy-shaping process. It is a consultative process, implemented by the European Commission, in order to increase cooperation with the civil society and to get first-hand input coming from young people.
It is called “Structured Dialogue’ because it happens in a very concrete frame which has been set by the European Commission together with the European Youth Forum. The Structured Dialogue process was reviewed after the 3rd cycle, in order to increase its efficiency, inclusiveness and coherency. The new updated process, results in the following:
- 1 Cycle lasts 18 months
- Each cycle has a thematic priority on which the dialogue will take place
- Each cycle involves a Trio presidency
- Each cycle has one political outcome: A council Resolution that is based on the outcome of the 18-month Dialogue process.
The European Youth Forum is part of the Steering Committee of the Structured Dialogue, which means that we are co-coordinating the implementation of the process, together with representatives from the European Commission and of the Trio presidency.
The role of the Steering Committee is to make sure that the Structured Dialogue is implemented correctly, to ensure the follow-up. More specifically, the Youth Forum coordinates the National Working Groups and INGYOs involved in the process, ensuring that they receive the information they need, supporting them to exchange good practices, as well as bringing their concerns and requests to the Steering Committee.
For each cycle of the Structured Dialogue, young people and decision-makers have met to reflect on the result of the online consultation and develop joint recommendations on the given topic.