YouthMetre Launched

🚀On February 14, 2017, YouthMetre was launched at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels! It was a day with high hopes for youth participation in the EU’s many localities. 

YouthMetre was launched with a blast of welcome speeches, debates and awards on February 14th at the EU’s Committee of the Regions. YouthMetre’s project partners were present, along with our young European influencers and a host of other stakeholders.

The launch brought together representatives of local and regional authorities, civil society associations, European institutions, experts and youths. It turned out to be precisely the chance to exchange knowledge and experiences on how to involve young citizens in decision-making processes, we had hoped for — both at the local and European level.

Past the welcome speeches and panel discussions,  awards were granted to three of the most youth friendly provinces in Europe. Province of Utrecht, Province of North Holland and West London have inspired others by involving youth in their policy making. This type of participation between local youth and authorities is what YouthMetre will aim to promote through the rest of its course.

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the launch.

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The whole day’s programme

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14.00 – 14.30 Registration of participants

14.30 – 15.00 Welcome speeches

Mr Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Committee of Regions’ First Vice President
Mr Oriano Otocan, President, ALDA – the European Association for Local Democracy
Mr Karl Donert, Project Coordinator for YouthMetre

15.00 – 16.30 Panel discussion moderated by Mr Jonathan Hendrickx, StampMedia


Mr Graeme Robertson, Policy Officer, DG EAC
Ms Carmen Preising, Head of Unit, Work Programme and Stakeholder Consultation, Secretariat-General, EC(tbc)
Ms Serena Foracchia, Councilor, City of Reggio Emilia, Italy (tbc)
Ms Angela Seanor, Descriptionari
Dr. Joanie Willian, Researcher, University of Exeter
Mr Valentin Depouey-Sterdyniak, Secretary General, Young European Federalist
Mr Karl Donert, Project Coordinator YouthMetre

16.30 – 17.15 Debate

17.15 – 18.00 Awards (Province of Utrecht, Province of North Holland, West London)

18.00 – 18.30 Networking 

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