A key priority of the European cooperation in the youth field is to ensure the participation of young people in the decision making processes on issues that concern them. As a tool to promote this priority, a Structured Dialogue with young people and youth organisations has been established since 2009. The Structured Dialogue is implemented in 18-month cycles and includes consultations which take place in each member state, based on priorities set by the Trio Presidency.
During the Cyprus Presidency, the second cycle of the Structured Dialogue, which had set as a priority the “Participation of young people in democratic life”, will be concluded. Cyprus Presidency is planning to promote the adoption of a Council Resolution, which will provide an overview of the second cycle of the Structured Dialogue.
The priority of Cyprus Presidency in the field of youth is the participation and social inclusion of all young people, with special emphasis on the inclusion of young people with a migrant background. The importance of the participation of all young people and youth organisations, especially in the decision making processes, will be highlighted as an important factor for the creation of sustainable, democratic and prosperous societies. The opinion of young people and youth organisations on the issue will be collected through the Structured Dialogue process and they will constitute an important input for the production of relevant Council conclusions to be adopted during the Cyprus Presidency.
During the Cyprus Presidency, the Meeting of Directors General for Youth and the EU Youth Conference will be hosted in Cyprus, on 11-13 September 2012.
To ensure that youth policies are well targeted and effective, it is important to be based on sound evidence regarding the life of young people. The first EU Youth Report, which included such evidence from all member states, was published by the European Commission in 2009, accompanying the Commission Communication "An EU Strategy for Youth - Investing and Empowering”. In 2012, the first 3-year cycle since the adoption of the EU Youth Strategy will come to an end and the Commission has already started gathering evidence from member states to compile the EU Youth Report 2012. The Cyprus Presidency will pursue the adoption of Council Resolution based on the Report.