Thessaloniki hosts the first EUROPEAN YOUTH FRIENDLY CONFERENCE on 22 June 2018, a gathering in the historic Greek city connecting municipality representatives, youth and urban development experts from Greece and from all around Europe, key people and coordinators involved in European Youth Capital programmes throughout Europe and youth workers actively involved in developing youth friendly ecosystems all around Europe.
* Financial and Other Support Mechanisms for Youth (Participatory Budgeting)
* Youth Participation in Urban Development
* Social innovation in youth participation
* ‘Youth Capitals’ (Urban thematic youth programmes and strategies)
Mr. Babis Papaioannou (Greece), Executive Director, Thessaloniki 2014 European Youth Capital, Head of the Unit B of the General Secretariat for youth and life long learning of the Ministry of Education, Greece
Ms. Kristen Aigro (Estonia), Vice President, European Youth Forum
Mr. András Farkas (Romania), Secretary General, Network of European Youth Capitals, Com’On Europe project coordinator
Mr. Manel Sanchez (Spain), Director, European Youth Card Association
Mr. Carlos Santos (Portugal), Programme Coordinator, 100% Youth City Quality Label
The event will have contributions from:
CASCAIS, PORTUGAL, EUROPEAN YOUTH CAPITAL
EUROPEAN YOUTH FORUM
Upcoming European Youth Capitals
NOVI SAD 2019, Serbia
AMIENS 2020, France
Former European Youth Capitals
TURIN 2010, ITALY
BRAGA 2012, PORTUGAL
MARIBOR 2013, SLOVENIA
THESSALONIKI 2014, GREECE
CLUJ-NAPOCA 2015, ROMANIA
GANJA 2016, AZERBAIJAN
VARNA 2017, BULGARIA
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Thessaloniki was European Youth Capital back in 2014. After 4 years the legacy of the Youth Capital is still here and define the city, the people and especially the young generation. Thessaloniki European Youth Capital focus on active youth participation, voluntarism and the active involvement of the local youth NGO sector. In all this 3 issues Thessaloniki manage to present not just a list of successful initiatives and events but the starting point for social changes with the active involvement of the young people is municipal level, the co-management with the municipality on youth policy issues and the encouragement of an interesting and extend volunteer movement that is still active in city level.
The event takes place in the framework of the celebration of the first 10 years of the existence of the European Youth Capital, a milestone which enables analysis and reflection on past results but also on future perspectives for title. It also combines several ongoing efforts regarding the development of dedicated participatory budgeting mechanisms for youth, urban level thematic programmes and specific urban consultation mechanisms for young people.
The also event takes place in the context of several initiatives and endeavours launched in the framework of the Network of European Youth Capitals, a project based cooperation of the cities of Turin from Italy, Braga and Cascais from Portugal, Maribor from Slovenia, Thessaloniki from Greece, Cluj-Napoca from Romania, Ganja from Azerbaijan, Varna from Bulgaria, Novi Sad from Serbia and Amiens from France, all cities which earned this ever more prestigious title through its 10 years’ existence.