This report presents an overview of the second conference of the 8th Cycle of the European Union (EU) Youth Dialogue, under the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Within the framework of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which ran from January 1 to June 30, 2021, the Portuguese Ministry of Education and the National Youth Council hosted the European Union Youth Conference from March 12 to 15, 2021. Three young people from Ireland joined the Irish delegation to the EU Youth Conference. These young people took part in a consultation prior to the conference through the Young Voices – EU Youth Dialogue programme with 175 young people and youth workers in Ireland.
The Portuguese EU Youth Conference is part of the 8th Cycle of the EU Youth Dialogue, which focuses on Youth Goal #9 “Space and Participation for All”, under the motto “Europe for YOUth – YOUth for Europe: Space for Democracy and Participation”. By gathering 150 participants from youth and ministerial representatives to organisations and European institutions working in the field of Youth, this event aimed to promote debates around several aspects of Youth Goal #9. It also provided a roadmap for decision-makers, youth organisations and young people to work on democracy promotion among youngsters at local, regional, national, and European levels during this Dialogue cycle’s Implementation Phase.
These proposals— debated, shaped, and decided by the participants — culminated in a toolbox of actions, measures and political recommendations to help achieve European Youth Goal #9 and its seven targets. The final purpose of this report is to provide the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Representatives of Member States’ Governments, and other relevant stakeholders — such as policymakers, decision-makers, youth organisations and young people— with enough material to start forging youth policies and projects that reflect the views of European young people on Youth Goal #9: Space and Participation for All