Charter on Youth and Democracy  

Let's join forces to give a fresh impetus to the European democracy and build together a Europe closer to its young people!  

​​​​​For a renewed democracy in the 21st century we need innovative tools and means to achieve a more inclusive and democratic society, where every young person, of whatever  social background, race, gender, sexual orientation, belief or aspiration, feels  empowered and represented.

In the context of the European Year of Youth and the Conference on the Future of Europe, the European Committee of the Regions, EU's voice of regions and cities, joined forces with the European Youth Forum, the voice of young people in Europe, for a participatory co-creation process of a Charter on Youth and democracy. The Charter strives to build and consolidate a more youth-friendly democratic space to ensure the voices of young people are formally, continuously and permanently represented in the EU.  

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The final Charter​ includes 49 recommendations relating to the democratic participation of young people at three levels of governance: the local and regional; the national; and the European level, focusing on education, cooperation, and information; youth empowerment, leadership, and democratic participation; the role of new technologies and digitalisation; and youth mainstreaming of policies and political representation.  

​The Charter was endorsed  by the Presidents of the European Committee of the Regions and the European Youth Forum at the CoR plenary on 1 December 2022 in presence of  representatives of European Institutions and other key stakeholders. Read the related press release here​.

 

Background

The co-creation process of the Charter on Youth and Democracy was launched at the 9th Summit of Regions and Cities in Marseille, 3-4 March 2022, and engaged youth through various innovative means.

To fulfil its goal of empowering and involving young people across the EU and its regions in the drafting process, the proposals for the Charter recommendations were collected and consolidated through a participatory process together with the youth, by means of online and in-person consultations, dedicated social media activities and local events. Such an approach called on young people to express their ideas and also debate these between themselves and with CoR members and participants in the Young Elected Politicians program, before being consolidated into a Charter.​

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Message by President Vasco Cordeiro on the closing of the European Year of Youth

 

Další videa

  • Message by President Vasco Cordeiro on the closing of the European Year of Youth
    Message by President Vasco Cordeiro on the closing of the European Year of Youth
  • Insta Live: The European Charter for Youth and Democracy - How can we foster youth participation?
    Insta Live: The European Charter for Youth and Democracy - How can we foster youth participation?
  • Message by Lídia PEREIRA (PT/EPP), President of the Youth of the European People's Party (YEPP), Member of the European Parliament
    Message by Lídia PEREIRA (PT/EPP), President of the Youth of the European People's Party (YEPP), Member of the European Parliament
  • Closing Debate on the European Year of Youth and Endorsement of the Charter for Youth and Democracy
    Closing Debate on the European Year of Youth and Endorsement of the Charter for Youth and Democracy
  • Youth consultation to finalise the Charter on Youth and democracy, European Committee of the Regions, October 2022: Sneak peak final consultation
    Youth consultation to finalise the Charter on Youth and democracy, European Committee of the Regions, October 2022: Sneak peak final consultation
  • Youth consultation to finalise the Charter on Youth and democracy, European Committee of the Regions, October 2022: Aissatou Cisse YEPs
    Youth consultation to finalise the Charter on Youth and democracy, European Committee of the Regions, October 2022: Aissatou Cisse YEPs
  • Summit 2022 - Round tables: Youth participation in the revival of democracy and the promotion of European values
    Summit 2022 - Round tables: Youth participation in the revival of democracy and the promotion of European values

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