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Cyprus Prepares to Assume Presidency of the Council of the EU

Cyprus will take over from Denmark on 1st July 2012, assuming the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Speaking at a recent meeting between the government of Cyprus and the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the President of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, stated that young people must be made a priority and the European Union must play a part in helping young people to escape unemployment and social exclusion.

Within EU Youth policy, this priority is reflected in the focus of the Structured Dialogue on Youth: the inclusion of young people with migrant backgrounds and the importance of the participation of all young people and youth organisations, especially in decision-making processes, in creating sustainable, democratic and thriving societies. This discussion will continue the work already started during the Polish And Danish Presidency on the overall theme of Young people’s participation in democratic life. During the Presidency, Cyprus will promote the adoption of a Council Resolution, which will provide an overview of this whole cycle of Structured Dialogue.

The conclusion of the Cyprus Presidency at the end of 2012 will also signify the end of the first three-year cycle of the EU Youth Strategy. The European Commission has already begun to compile evidence from Member States on the progress made on youth policy, and drafted a EU Youth Report. This report will be adopted by the Council during the Presidency, and will show the results of EU youth policy in the last three years.

The European Youth Forum looks forward to working with the Cyprus Presidency on both processes and will continue to strive for even greater participation of young people in the process.

Useful links:

Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2012

“Structured Dialogue”, European Youth Portal

“The Structured Dialogue with Young People”, European youth Forum

“Guiding questions for the third phase of national consultations of the second cycle of the structured dialogue”, European Youth Forum