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The Belgian EU-Presidency Youth(presentation in Rotterdam)

19 maart 2010

Future Belgian EU-Presidency of Youth and the Council of Youth(1st of July – 31st of December 2010)

The setting

  • Treaty of Lisbon (Art. 165.2)

  • November 2009: Council Resolution on the Renewed Rramework for Cooperation in the Field of Youth (2010-2018)

  • Teampresidency ES-BE-HU

    • Common goals

    • Common project: structured dialogue

Cooperation between the 3 Communities

  • Flemish Community: leading role and presiding the Council of the ministers of Youth

  • Germanspeaking Communitiy: spokesperson and formulating the official position during the meetings of the Council

  • In close and permanent cooperation amongst the key role players of the 3 communities: ministries, national agencies, youth councils, youth researchers

Priorities: 3 threads throughout the future Belgian EU Presidency Youth

  • Youth Work

  • Youth Employment

  • Coordination of the agenda concerning children, young people and children’s rights

    All threads come together on

    the Council of the Ministers of Youth

    (19th of November)

Youth Work

  • A “natural” theme for the 3 Communities

  • A new role for youth work in the renewed framework of cooperation

  • 2 events in Ghent

    • 1st European Conference on the History of Youth Work and Youth Policy. Relevance for youth work policy today (Ghent, 5-7th of July 2010)

    • 1st European Youth Work Convention (Ghent, 7-10th of July 2010)

Youth Work

  • Council: Resolution/recommendation on youth work (including special attention for access of the poorest children and young people)

  • Council: Conclusions answering a study of the EC about access of culture for young people

  • European seminar about the mobility of the poorest children and young people (French Community, Namur, 9-11th of December)

1st European Youth Work Convention(Ghent, 7-10 July 2010)


  • Renewed framework for Cooperation in the Field of Youth (Council Resolution, 27.11.2009): ‘supporting and developing youth work’

    • Description of youth work

    • Start of an agenda until 2018

    • Commitment of Belgium

  • Workplan for the Youth in Action Programme: intention of EC to organise a conference of youth workers (cfr. 2007, 2008)

  • Future Council of Europe Youth Policy: Agenda 2020: Declaration of Ministers of Youth + Resolution of the Committee of Youth (2008)

Aims of the Convention

  • To show the diversity of youth work and its impact on young people and society (pan-European)

  • To take up from existing European discussions and policy processes on strategic themes and bring these further to give impetus to new processes

  • To boost European cooperation and networking amongst youth workers to reinforce youth work

  • To address messages to states, EU/EC, CoE, YFJ, … some of which can and will be taken on board in the political follow-up under the Belgian presidency

What is the Convention about

  • Youth work: diversity and common ground

  • Discussion/reflection/suggestions on general youth work related themes

    • Professionalism of youth work

    • Training and mobility of youth workers

    • Recognition of youth work

    • Youth work and policy making

    • Position of youth work

    • Impact and effect of youth work

    • Sustainable support for youth work

    • Youth work for all and in diversity

What is the Convention about

  • Inspiring speakers on general youth work related themes

  • Showing (inter-)national good practices

  • Conclusions

  • Past – present - future

Who is involved in the preparation

  • Future Belgian EU Presidency

  • European Commission

  • Council of Europe

  • European Youth Forum

  • Advisory Council

  • European youth(work) researchers

Who will be invited

  • 50 countries that signed the cultural convention of the CoE + institutions and invitees

  • Delegations:

    • Ministry

    • Youth council

    • National agency

    • Youth (work) researcher

    • Youth workers

Inspirational events

  • In Belgium

  • In Rotterdam

  • In Lithuania

  • In Leicester

Rotterdam (17-19.03.2010)

  • NJI and future Belgian EU Presidency Youth: in line

  • Article in an extra edition of Coyote magazine

  • Inspiring for:

    • Programme of the Convention

      • Position of youth work

      • Influencing policy makers

      • Good practices

    • Organisation of the Conventionbased on our presence and feedback from particpants



  • Beginning of April 2010


  • European Steering Committee of Youth of the CoE (CDEJ)

  • Youth Working Party

  • Permanent Representatives

  • Login