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6th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth

Thessaloniki, Greece, 7-9 November 2002

Final Declaration

“Youth constructing Europe”

We, the Ministers responsible for Youth, meeting in Thessaloniki (Greece) from 7 to 9 November 2002, on the occasion of the 6th Council of Europe Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth;

Declare that:

1. Violence, wars and terrorism are unacceptable in societies based on pluralist democracy and the respect for human rights. To this end, we call upon the international community and in particular the Council of Europe to make even stronger efforts to prepare young people to live an active democratic citizenship and to work against every extreme action or propaganda.

2. Youth policies need to be as comprehensive as possible, taking into account the overall needs of young people and recognising their diversity and their many facets and resources. In particular, youth policies should:

3. Despite the differences from country to country, certain general trends in the situation of young people can be identified:

In this context, however,

4. The member States should take these trends into account in the elaboration and implementation of youth policies and secure the necessary conditions for young people and their organisations to be full partners of these policies;

5. In order to create synergies between youth policies of the different Council of Europe’s member States, it is indispensable to develop closer co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union by establishing partnership agreements;

6. The Council of Europe’s youth sector for its part should continue and intensify its efforts in order to better target its programme and working methods, in the spirit of innovation and experimentation which has inspired its work during 30 years. In this respect, we recommend to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe:

MJN-6 (2002) 4 rev. 1