This sub-action promotes active youth participation in democratic life and encourages debate between young people and creators of youth policies, on topics and priorities relevant for youth work.
Structured Dialogue projects can take the form of meetings, conferences, consultations and events. These events promote the active participation of young people in democratic life in Europe and their interaction with decision-makers.
Under this Action, a project can comprise one or more of the following activities:
- National meetings and transnational/international seminars that offer space for information, debate and active participation of young people – in dialogue with youth decision-makers – on issues which are relevant to Structured Dialogue or to the EU Youth Strategy;
- National meetings and transnational seminars that prepare the ground for the official Youth Conferences organised during each semester by the Member State holding the turn of Presidency of the European Union;
- Events that promote debates and information on youth policy themes linked to the activities organised during the European Youth Week;
- Consultations of young people, with a view to find out their needs on matters relating to participation in democratic life (online consultations, opinion polls, etc.);
- Meetings and seminars, information events or debates between young people and decision-makers/youth experts around the theme of participation in democratic life;
- Events simulating the functioning of the democratic institutions and the roles of decision-makers within these institutions.
As a concrete result of these events, young people are able to make their voice heard (through the formulation of positions, proposals and recommendations) on how youth policies should be shaped and implemented in Europe.
A Structured Dialogue project has three phases:
- Planning and preparation;
- Implementation of the activities;
- Evaluation (including reflection on a possible follow-up).
The activities are led by young people; the young participants must be actively involved in all the stages of the project, from preparation to follow-up.
Projects of this type can last between 3 and 24 months. They must involve minimum 30 young participants, aged 13-30; if the project foresees the participation of decision-makers or experts in the youth policy field, these participants can be involved regardless of their age and geographical provenance. For projects that involve transnational/international meetings, the activity must involve at least two participating organisations/institutions, from at least two different countries, of which at least one is a Programme Country.