Workshop 15, May

Starting up point.

European youth policy
Within the EU a coherent youth policy is formed. The member countries have decided on four prioritized areas: participation of young people, information to young people, voluntary service for young young people and better knowledge about young peoples situation. What differs and unite the countries in the outlook on Europe? This we are studying in the Emanzipar project.

Young peoples influence and participation
Some of the good examples from Sweden in the Emanzipar-project are projects funded by Ungdomsstyrelsen (Youth board), a Swedish governmental authority. That young people should have real influence is an important goal for youth policy in Sweden. The Ungdomsstyrelse work for an increased influence on several levels, nationally to get more young elected and to increase participation in elections. Regionally and locally through inspiring to dialogue with young people in regions and municipalities. They also follow up how the youth participation is developing in other countries.

Swedish youth policy
The youth policy proposal have the name “Power to decide – right to welfare” and was accepted by the Swedish parliament 2004. The goal for the youth policy is that all young people between 13 and 25 should have real access to influence and real access to welfare.

Young in the municipality of Sweden
The youth policy in Norrtälje and Sweden regards the life situation of youths in areas such as work, living, education, health, leisure time and influence. A little more than 1 400 000 of the inhabitants of Sweden (population over 9 000 000) is young people ages 13-25. The number of young people, between 13-25 in Norrtälje is 8 952 (population 55 225)

First workshop May, 15th in Flygskolan.
We were approached by Flygskolan a secondary school (students age 13-16) with a distinctly international profile, and with many immigrant children. After some preliminary meetings with their head teacher Kristina Aldén and parliamentarian Per Lodenius the questions to focus on in the meeting with the pupils were decided to be:

What do you want to do, if you decided in the municipality of Norrtälje
-“- the County of Stockolm?
-“- the parliament of Sweden?
-“- European Union?

Thursday May 15th we held our first workshop with 35 students, two teachers, two consultants and one parliamentarian present. One conclusion from the day was that local and everyday subjects was the easiest to get young people to focus on and that issues like travel and environment preferably was put on European level.

The workshop started with us talking about the project and then the parliamentarian Per Lodenius went through how representative democracy works in practicality and what it means on local, regional, national and European level. After the purely informative start the pupils then got to discuss the questions in groups and write down what they found to be the most important questions that you should work with more politically.

When all the groups turned in their questions Per and Margareta grouped them on the black board and each pupil were given three “dots” each which they then could use to prioritize the questions they found most important.

The questions that this way was prioritized by the young as the most important were:
1. Do more for the environment in the EU
2. More public transports in the Stockholm region
3. More decorations in green areas and parks
4. Everyone should get residential permit
5. You should be able to take a drivers license for free

EMANZIPAR

BalticFem in EU-project Emanzipar

Europarådet i StrasbourgFriday March 28th, 2008 the kick-off meeting of EU-project Emanzipar was held in Strasbourg, France.
BalticFem is partner in the project that is led by the Spanish association ASAEL (Asociación Aragones de Entidades Locales). Eight other associations are also involved, namely ALDA (The Association of Local Democracy Agencies) with headquarters in France, Province of Reggio Emilia in Italy, Auxilium in Austria, BD Center in Poland, Local Councils’ Association in Malta, Bauska District Council in Latvia, Harrow Council in London, UK and Larnaca Disctrict Development Agency in Cyprus.

emanzipar2The main goal of Emanzipar is to stimulate the active citizenship of european youngsters. This will be done by:

  • organizing workshops in each participating country,
  • collecting ten best practices from each country,
  • developing a website for the project,
  • producing a magazine for the project; and
  • arranging a transnational conference in Zaragoza in 6-7 November 2008.

You can read more about the project partners and the network and its goals on the website www.emanzipar.eu