THINK TANK "FALCOGROUP"
Scientific Advisory Center "Consciousness"
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The Conclusions of the Youth Event
(a) youth policies should ensure the inclusion of young people in society ;
(b) the current economic and social crisis in the Council of Europe’s member states is having a crucial effect on the lives of young people;
(c) in order to avoid exclusion and alienation the issue of youth participation has become even more important;
(d) rights are not always known and easily accessed by young people;
(e) youth policies need to be adapted to changes in society;
(f) mobility is one of the core freedoms and learning opportunities for young people;
(g) embracing diversity can ensure peaceful cohabitation in today’s diverse societies,
Social Inclusion of Young People
1. We strongly encourage Member States to invest in quality and inclusive education that can promote retention and reengagement in learning, support personal development, appreciation of diversity and facilitate a quality transition from education to the labour market. In this framework a better interaction between formal and non-formal education/learning is fundamental
as well as the promotion of tools such as entrepreneurial education and quality internships.
2. The inclusion of young people with migrant background should be further promoted. Member States should set up free programmes aimed at introducing these young people to the new culture, language, law and services in line with the CoE recommendations and guidelines.
3. Access to social rights should be facilitated by strengthening the implementation of the Social Rights Charter provisions. It is crucial to make people more aware about the mechanisms available to protect social rights. Projects such as ENTER 2 represent a valuable platform to link policymaking and work at local level and to increase capacity building in this regard.
4. Continued participation of young people is needed in setting up strategies and action plans regarding the promotion of equality of opportunities and inclusion in relation to for example gender, disability and rurality highlighting the significant role of youth workers in supporting pathways to social inclusion.
5. A “youth guarantee” should be established within all social protection systems to ensure employment, further education or training for all young people after a certain period of being unemployed or out of education and training. Democracy and participation
6. To ensure meaningful participation of young people in the creation of youth policy, co-management mechanisms should be introduced at local, regional, national, European levels. All parties of the mechanism should be defined through a democratic transparent process and have equal power and responsibilities. Society should have the opportunity to contribute to the work of co-management structures as well as visibility of the process and the outcomes should be ensured.
7. We recognize youth organisations and National Youth Councils as a channel of participation and involvement of all young people. In this view Member States are asked to set new and improve existing schemes for information and awareness raising in this regard. Therefore, we demand sustainable and accessible financial support mechanisms.
8. The Council of Europe in cooperation with Member States and NGOs, should improve existing tools or establish new tools in order to systematically assess the implementation of adopted policy documents.
9. We call on the Member States to further the recognition of non-formal education and youth work through the implementation and recognition of common mechanisms ensuring NFE quality standards.
10. We call for lowering the voting age and the age needed to stand as a candidate in elections to the age of 16.
Living together in diverse societies
11. The Council of Europe should develop and implement a specific action plan in order to prevent and combat hate motivated violence and incitement of such violence affecting young people, by issuing policy suggestions and supporting the work of the Member States, raising awareness through cooperation with youth organizations and using monitoring mechanisms to assist Member States’ efforts in developing effective legislation and policies.
12. The Council of Europe and the Member States should ensure cooperation between the governmental structures and youth organizations and remove bureaucratic and political barriers in the implementation of the Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education.
13. There is a need to actively involve the PEYR in order to provide not only data on concepts of diversity, but also approaches to working with it and models of successful practices to provide evidence for the development of youth policy.
14. (Post) conflict trauma should be acknowledged and peace building and dialogue should be promoted and prioritized by the Member States of the Council of Europe, the international community and youth organisations in (post) conflict regions by using programmes and instruments, including massmedia, in order to facilitate the re-establishment of a peaceful environment.
15. The Council of Europe and the Member States should ensure that Protocol no.12 to the European Convention on Human Rights against discrimination is effectively implemented. We also demand that the Council of Europe urges Member States that are not yet party to this protocol to ratify it.
16. The process of obtaining visas is expensive, complex and timeconsuming, resulting in lost opportunities for young people. Thus we call for the member states of the Council of Europe:
a) to grant free, multiple entry and long term visas for study and youth programmes through a simplified application system which requires neither logistical costs nor personal presence to embassies (e.g. online application system).
b) to encourage greater cooperation between Member States regarding visa issues thus reducing bureaucracy.We ask for the implementation of the proposed actions before the next Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth.
17. We further call the Member States to increase their efforts in implementing the Bologna process and establish frameworks in terms of qualifications and competences recognition in all formal and non-formal education levels, increasing mobility and youth employment opportunities.
18. We call on the Member States to continue promoting a common and cross-cutting action plan for European mobility in order to provide equal access to mobility for young people regardless of their country of origin and background, including through wider recognition of the youth card system.
Access to rights and youth information
19. In order to promote awareness of rights of young people, we recommend the establishment of an International Day of Youth Rights and a public campaign.
20. Human rights education tools such as “Compass” and “Compasito” should be made compulsory in formal education curricula of the Member States.
21. Member states should provide qualitative and professional information on the rights of young people and make it accessible to all, with a special focus to the needs of young people with fewer opportunities.
22. We urge the Member States to provide free legal advice and representation to all young people who cannot afford it.
23. We ask the Council of Europe for a compilation of rights related to young people which are already provided by existing international legal documents such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, European Convention on Human Rights and European Social Charter. Identified gaps shall be addressed by the Council of Europe and the Member States.
24. Ombudspersons should be appointed at national and European levels to ensure that the rights of young people are respected and protected.
25. A specific chapter on young people’s rights should be introduced in the country reports of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.
26. We urge the Member States to fully ratify the revised European Social Charter and the optional protocol with regard to the collective complaint procedure.
27. The European Court of Human Rights at European level and Member States at national level shall promote regular case-law compilations to better know the status of violations of young people’s rights and to what extent they are protected by the existing legal tools.
28. The Council of Europe shall promote specific research and studies on young people’s access to rights in Europe with the objective of designing better evidence-based policies. This should involve Member States and include a comparative analysis of the gap between duties and rights.
29. In order to ensure the full protection of young people’s rights we ask for the promotion of a legal framework at European level.
Implementation and follow-up
30. We wish to emphasise that promoting effective youth policy is a collaborative effort of society. Public authorities, the private sector and the civil society should facilitate enhanced cooperation with regard to the development and implementation of innovative youth policies, including the funding of youth programmes in areas such as mobility, employment and youth information.
31. We call upon the Council of Europe Joint Council on Youth and the Youth Department to follow up on the results of this Youth Event and to report on the progress to the next Ministerial Conference and related Youth Event.
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