The conference was part of the Structured Dialogue between the Council of the EU and the European Youth Form, a formal process which allows young people all over Europe to feed into EU youth policy.
The Commission, the Council and the European Parliament were all represented at the conference. Commissioner Vassiliou, the outgoing Youth Commissioner, underlined the importance of structured dialogue is for policy making on youth issues. Alongside the Italian Minister for Labour Giuliano Poletti and Silvia Costa MEP, Vassiliou was happy to see many young people in Rome standing up for youth rights.
During the conference participants drafted a guiding framework that sets a common understanding on “youth empowerment of political participation”. The conference also adopted joint recommendations on Young people’s access to rights.
Contributing to the conclusions of the conference, CESI was represented by Matthäus Fandrejewski who actively participated on the workshop on “Youth Access to employment, social protection and welfare systems”. In this workshop, the conference recommends a focus on developing soft skills to prepare young people practically for entry into the labour market, for example communication, teamwork and critical thinking. The workshop also urged the EU and Member States to properly compensate young people in apprenticeships and internships to ensure youth autonomy.