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08 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 26594)  

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Title Third Seminar ''Youth Policy in South-East Europe''. Employment and unemployment among young people in the South-East Europe. 
Description The seminar took place within the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It was organised jointly with the Slovenian Office for Youth of the Ministry of Education and Sport and the SALTO Resource Centre for South-East Europe. The event gathered more than forty experts from throughout the Region, key stakeholders in youth employment and employability issues: youth policy makers, employment policy makers, representatives of employers, youth researchers and youth workers/leaders, some experts from outside of the Region and representatives of the Council of Europe, the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of Youth and the Youth Forum Jeunesse.

The main aim was to reinforce existing contacts and exchanging information and views on the status and developments of youth policy concerning employment and employability of young people in the Region, updating on relevant activities of a variety of stakeholders, discussing the concrete future cooperation needs and possibilities. Developing better knowledge on the topic and a closer cooperation among the relevant stakeholders, including educational authorities, were identified as requiring special attention. Several specific initiatives were recommended for future implementation. 
Status Completed 
Date 22/10/2009 - 24/10/2009 
Location Brdo, Slovenia
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Bulgaria / Croatia / Greece / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Regions: South-East Europe
Organisations: Council of Europe / European Commission
Others: Kosovo*
Groups: Multilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - YouthFrame II
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP YouthFrame II - Framework Partnership Agreement in the field of Youth 2007-2009    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 2 - 2007/DG4/JP/1713   YouthFrame 2 - Quality and recognition of youth work as well as youth policy development and a better knowledge of youth promoted
Expected Result 2.2 - Youth policies at European level and in Member States developed.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.2 – Youth: present and future for Europe
Programme ☆ V.2.1  Youth Policies, non-formal education and training
Project 2006/DG4/883 Youth policy development
Expected Result 3 Knowledge on the situation of young people in Europe is produced, made available and used by researchers and youth policy institutions.

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Youth and Sport - Youth)
CoE Contact MEDLINSKA, Marta   email
Partners SALTO South-East Europe Resource Centre - Other
Ministry of Education and Sport, Office for Youth of Republic of Slovenia - National Institution
Web Pages
Documents & links
1 http://www.youth-partnership.net  
Last Modified 27/10/2009 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 26594) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) Participants gathered to address one of the main challenges faced by societies in Europe, particularly in South East Europe. The situation, already difficult, degraded with the current crisis. Young people are one of the groups that has suffered most from the recent economic and social changes and needs special attention.
Within this context the seminar discussed the main problems young people in the SEE region face in the area concerning employment and it explored opportunities for young people. It also aimed at contributing to the political debate and policy development and implementation for managing and improving the situation of employment and employability of young people in the SEE region and, consequently, in the existing and enlarging European Union. 
Output/Results Contacts were made between experts from the different countries of the South Eastern Europe region and across sectors concerned (labour and youth policy making, youth research, youth work practice).
Examples of good practice of solutions contributing to increasing the employment and employability of young people were exchanged.
Various initiatives were proposed to for development and further issues for discussion were identified.
The report from the seminar will be available on the website of the partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of Youth (http://youth-partnership.coe.int/youth-partnership/regional_cooperation/southeasteurope.html). 
Conclusions/Follow Up One of the initiatives put forward during the seminar was a proposal of the authorities of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to establish a South-East European Youth Council as a part of launching of the ''Ohrid Process'' within the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2010. Potential involvement of the partnership in this initiative remains to be further explored.
Further, organised gathering, provision and exchange of knowledge and examples of good practice concerning employment and employability of young people in South-East Europe should be envisaged. 
Participants Participants were from more than ten countries, representing authorities in charge of youth and of labour issues as well as civil society and young people themselves, also youth researchers and European institutions and the European Youth Forum. 
Consultants/Experts Dunja POTOCNIK, expert in youth employment, as a reporter
Metka KUHAR, youth research expert as a key-note speaker
Mateja SEDEJ, as a key-note speaker 
CoE Secretariat Ulrich BUNJES, Deputy Director, Directorate of Youth and Sport
Hans-Joachim SCHILD, Head of Unit, the partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of Youth
Marta MEDLINSKA, Research and Policy Officer, the partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of Youth 
Total No. Participants 44 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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