40 young people, aged 16 to 30, from 40 Council of Europe member States, came for their second time as youth delegates to the Congress’ 33rd Session in Strasbourg, France. This time, they presented the projects they worked on over the last few months and took again active part in the session contributing to the plenary and chamber debates and committee meetings. Since 2014, the Congress has invited active and committed young people from each member state to cooperate and take part in policy-making. “Between the sessions, each one of us has worked on developing and implementing local projects” explained Tinna ISEBARN, youth delegate from Iceland. These projects focused on themes such as promoting the work of the Congress, fostering youth participation, and organising intercultural and interreligious activities. “We were everywhere. We used workshops, summer schools, dialogue platforms, project preparation trainings, thematic courses to empower and provide young people with leadership skills,” explained Frederica FERREIRA, youth delegate from Portugal. The 40 projects reached, indirectly, more than 200 000 people and 6 500 young Europeans have participated in the projects. During the 33rd Session, the youth delegates provided two speakers, speaking on behalf of all the youth delegates, to the debate “The fight against corruption”. They will also contribute their views to the other debates from the floor. The youth delegates stressed that youth participation can be used also as an instrument in such areas as migration and intercultural dialogue. As a clear indication of interest in diversity and inclusion, projects in fourteen countries had elements exclusively dedicated to intercultural and interfaith issues.
Mediabox interview with a youth delegate of the Congress
Mediabox interview with a youth delegate