Commissioner Gabriel at the EU Youth Conference

Daily News 30 / 09 / 2021


Economy - published on 01 October 2021


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Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, is today closing the EU
Youth Conference
organised by the Slovenian Presidency in Maribor, Slovenia. Commissioner Gabriel said: – Our message to young people is simple. We want you to have your
say on the EU issues that matter to you. And we are ready to invest in your right to shape your future – your right to participate on your own terms. We will keep working to ensure full
participation of young people in society and the Year of European Youth 2022 will be key in this regard.

The aim of this EU Youth Conference is to look back at the 8th cycle of the Youth Dialogue focussed
on ‘Space for Democracy and Participation’, and deliver final recommendations from EU youth and Member States to promote an increased participation of young people at all levels
(local,
regional, national and European). Around 200 young people from the EU, youth delegates, NGOs, researchers and policymakers have participated in this conference, which started on 26 September and
ends today, on 30 September.

Conference recommendations will be presented by ministers and representatives of Member States covering youth issues at the Council of
Ministers
in November 2021. The Commission runs several programmes targeting and involving
young people, from Erasmus+ to the European Solidarity Corps.

President von der Leyen, in her 2021 State
of the Union
address, has proposed to make 2022 the Year of European Youth to raise awareness on EU actions for young people and to further empower young Europeans.

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