EU Youth Conference

  The EU Youth Conference brought together around 250 participants from all the EU Member States and candidate countries, both representatives of young people and of Ministries responsible for Youth Affairs, as well as from international NGOs, the European Commission and the European Youth Forum. For three days, we all together jointly discussed various aspects of social inclusion, such as quality education, quality jobs, active inclusion, inter-generational solidarity and youth entrepreneurship, based on the results of consultations and discussions between young people and policy-makers conducted in the 28 Member States of the European Union, as well as the reports submitted by several international NGOs active in the field of social inclusion of young people. The conference in Thessaloniki, which followed those of the Irish and Lithuanian presidencies, was the last in this Trio Presidency, which have all focused on social inclusion of young people. For me this was the second Conference of the Trio Presidency, after my first conference last year in Dublin, Ireland. Although Macedonia is still not a member of the EU, the presents of youth representatives as well as representatives from the national youth authorities from our country on this kind of events, is giving us opportunity to discuss very important topics and subjects, which are concerning the young people, with other youth and state representatives from all around Europe, on equal level. I hope that we will continue to attend the next EU Youth Conferences, organized by the next Trio Presidency (Italy, Latvia and Luxembourg), on which other important topic will be open for discussion and suggestions. By Gjoko Vukanovski