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We’re Here, Hear Us Now! Young people tell EU what they think .

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 08:30

2 young people to represent Ireland in Cyprus EU visit.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) will bring young people from diverse backgrounds together today (Thursday, June 28th) at an event in Wood Quay, Dublin, to ensure their voices are heard in the EU.

NYCI’s We’re Here, Hear Us Now! is the national consultation on integration and inclusion in Ireland, which brings together young people and youth workers to tackle the issues and draft recommendations which will be brought to the next EU Youth Conference in Cyprus.

“We’re delighted with the high turn out today, with such a diverse group of young people from all backgrounds eager to make sure that the voices of the people they represent are heard,” said Anne Walsh, of the NYCI Intercultural and Equality Programme.

Europe consulting with young people:

This consultation We’re Here, Hear Us Now! is part of a Europe-wide consultation with young people on issues that affect them. The recommendations that young people and youth leaders make at this consultation will join the recommendations from consultations in all the European member states and set the agenda for the EU Youth Conference in Cyprus in September, which will be attended by policy makers and young people from all over Europe. This process is ongoing and is called the ‘structured dialogue process’– it is a way that European policy makers consult with young people and youth work organisations.
Two participants from NYCI’s "We're Here, Hear us now" event will represent Ireland at the EU Youth Conference in Cyprus in September and bring the recommendations from the group with them. This will feed into EU policy through the ‘structured dialogue process’.

Press contact: Daniel Meister, Communications Officer, NYCI Tel: 01-425 5955/ 087 781 4903/ 087 672 6619
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National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.