An Estonian Presidency kick-off event in the youth field, ‘Smart Afternoon on Smart Youth Work’, is being held in Brussels on 6 July 2017.
EU member states’ officials responsible for youth affairs, and young people attending the Coding Summer School, will discuss how to involve youth through digital media and technologies, while also practicing the development of smart solutions together.
The Head of the Youth Working Party at the Council of the EU, Ülly Enn said: “During the Estonian Presidency, we intend to promote smart youth work in Europe, to reach out to young people in their daily environment - the digital world. This afternoon conveys an important message: optimal solutions for the smart inclusion of young people can be developed only in cooperation with youth.”
The leaders of the Estonian NGO Tech Sisters will share their experience in involving young women in the development of IT solutions. Juhan Lepassaar, the Head of Cabinet of Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip, will also be attending the event.
Besides smart youth work, the Estonian Presidency will focus on how youth perceives the future of Europe. The discussions will continue into the next EU Youth Strategy, in order to determine the common priorities of youth work and youth policies as of 2019. In addition, Estonia will focus on youth volunteering and bring forward the negotiations over the legislative proposal on the European Solidarity Corps, which is aimed at providing youth with more opportunities to contribute to tackling societal challenges.
The Coding Summer School for youth is held in Brussels from 3-7 July 2017.
Further information on the Estonian Presidency's priorities in the field of youth, education and research.