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Having a say in the EU

 

In der EU mitreden

Youth is our future, and who better to know their needs and concerns than young people themselves. That is why the White Paper on Youth, which was drawn up by the European Commission together with more than 10 000 young people from all over Europe, calls on young people to take a much more active part in the European discussion process. Involving young people in the preparation of programmes and projects is a key objective. Just as important is to involve citizens, and young people in particular, as far as possible in the political decision-making process itself.

 

You can do this in the following ways:

Europe is listening

As part of the “Europe is Listening” campaign, the online feedback form of the same name offers all visitors to the site the opportunity to submit their own ideas and input on topical European issues. Together with the other interactive elements on the website, this questionnaire is a key element of the Austrian Government's Europe Campaign.

www.zukunfteuropa.at

 

Austria Youth Event 2006

The website provides details of the youth conference entitled "The Future of Youth Policy in Europe" (28-31 March 2006 in Vienna and Bad Ischl) and a great deal of information and documents on the individual themes. Special discussion forums have also been set up on the Youth Event website www.austriayouthevent2006.at to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas in advance.

 

EU White Paper on a European Communication Policy

At the beginning of February 2006, the European Commission presented its "Communication White Paper" which sets out proposals for communication policy in the EU. The White Paper is another initiative by the Commission in the series "Action Plan to improve communicating Europe" and "Plan-D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate", aimed at improving the communication of European political issues in light of the rejection of the EU constitution.

By way of example, improved political education is one of the objectives proposed. Political education should not be restricted to imparting knowledge about EU institutions and policies in the classroom, but should enable people of all ages to use instruments such as the Internet in order to be informed about politics and to participate.

A broad-based consultation process has been launched on the Communication White Paper. Comments on the Commission’s ideas can be submitted until July 2006.

The full text of the communication is available here [pdf, 224 KB]. The questions and answers section is a useful guide to the communication and a gateway for submitting comments.

 

Your voice in Europe

http://www.europa.eu.int/yourvoice/index_en.htm

This website gives you the following possibilities:

Consultations: the European Commission conducts consultations on a wide range of themes. This means that all EU citizens have a chance to express their opinions on certain issues.

http://www.europa.eu.int/yourvoice/consultations/index_en.htm

Discussions: click on the following link to discuss topical issues and get into contact online with EU decision-makers.

http://www.europa.eu.int/yourvoice/discussions/index_en.htm

Eurobarometer: you can influence EU policies indirectly through the Eurobarometer. Eurobarometer carries out studies and opinion polls among the general public in EU Member States on a variety of themes. The results are reflected in the decisions made by the EU institutions.

http://europa.eu.int/comm/public_opinion/index_en.htm

 

European Youth Portal

On the “Your Rights” page, the youth portal informs you of the possibilities in individual countries of getting involved in (political) decisions:

http://europa.eu.int/youth/your_rights/index_eu_en.html

Youth information centres

You can also visit a youth information centre in your neighbourhood and obtain on-the-spot information on ways of making your voice heard in your community.

http://www.eryica.org/WebPortal/DesktopDefault.aspx?Alias=Rainbow&TabID=29&Lang=en.

Youth organisations

You can find the youth councils in the various EU Member States through the map of Europe on the European Youth Forum website. The youth councils will provide information on youth organisations near you.

http://www.youthforum.org/en/organisation/members.html

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Date: 03.03.2006