National Consultations with Young People on Social Inclusion, NEETs and Youth Entrepreneurship
The Trio Presidency – Ireland, Lithuania and Greece – together with the European Commission, the European Youth Forum and the National Youth Councils agreed Social Inclusion as the overarching theme for the 18 months from January 2013 to end June 2014. This theme emphasises the concept of social inclusion involving all young people, in addition to those with fewer opportunities.
During the first phase of consultation, Ireland focused on what the social inclusion of young people means, the challenges it poses for young people, the groups of young people most at risk of social exclusion and the stages in young people’s lives where they are most vulnerable to social exclusion. Ireland’s specific priority explored the contribution of quality youth work to the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people.
Building on the compilation of results of the 1st phase consultation and Joint Conclusions of the EU Youth Conference in Dublin, Ireland, 11-13 March, 2013, Lithuania is therefore focusing on the possible solutions for the social inclusion of young people, with a special emphasis on those who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
Greece concluded the 18-month cycle with the third phase of structured dialogue by focusing on concrete recommendations for policy actions for the social inclusion of all young people. This third phase aimed to collect many specific suggestions and innovative ideas for enhancing the social inclusion of young people. Greece emphasized youth entrepreneurship, including in the area of culture, as a means to achieving young people’s autonomy and contribute to their social inclusion.
The guiding questions aim to find solutions, good practices, preventative measures, and innovative ideas on better social inclusion of young people across EU.