4th Eastern Partnership Youth Conference
The 4th Eastern Partnership Youth Conference – Youth for Revitalisation of Democracy took place on 11-12 July 2022 in Prague.
At the conference we welcomed renowned speakers, excellent moderators, active and talented participants. Everyone enjoyed educative workshops, hours of networking, a lot of productive work and heaps of fun!
We are grateful for the support from the European Union, SALTO-Youth, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU, Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. We also would like to express gratitude to our moderators Nikolai Kvantaliani and Pavel Havlíček, all speakers, facilitators and presenters, and task force members who helped to make this event happen.
EaP Youth Conference Declaration
Under the framework of the 4th Eastern Partnership Youth Conference – Youth for Revitalisation of Democracy, around 100 young people from the Eastern Partnership countries and the EU call on policy and decision-makers to rethink their political systems together with youth and to bring more effort into including young people at the heart of the democratic participatory process.
Youth for Revitalisation of Democracy
The Eastern Partnership countries are witnessing a worrying degree of democratic backsliding and retrenchment. Even well-functioning democracies in the EU face challenges such as rising extremism, threats against journalists, and the spread of disinformation, which contribute to undermining the trust of citizens in democratic institutions.
To build more democratic, inclusive, resilient and peaceful societies, it is essential to ensure meaningful youth participation and make the voices of young people heard on local, national, regional and international levels.
What was it about?
Through participation in the Eastern Partnership Youth Conference – Youth for Revitalisation of Democracy, around 100 young people had the opportunity to discover methods, strategies and tools to improve inclusive and meaningful youth participation in democratic processes, foster active involvement on all levels of policy development and political decision-making, and hold authorities accountable to democratic and human rights standards they committed to. The conference also focused on how to build more peaceful and resilient communities.
Young people from the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) will participate in this Youth Conference.
The Eastern Partnership Youth Conference is conducted with the financial support of the European Union. It will be held under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union and during the 2022 European Year of Youth. It follows after the EaP Youth Forum event the Slovenian presidency hosted under the title “Youth participation in democratic processes” in November 2021. The event is also aligned with the objectives of the youth campaign of the Council of Europe for revitalising democracy.