A round table on Strengthening Youth Policy in Armenia took place in Yerevan on 29-30 November, discussing the current status of EU4Youth programme activities and the way forward in 2022.
The event is the first in a series of round tables to take place in all six Eastern partner countries starting in Armenia and ending in Ukraine in late January 2022, organised by the EU4Youth – Youth Engagement Roadmaps (YER) project.
The round table, which follows up on the similar round table meetings held in late 2020 and early 2021, took stock of current achievements, the state-of-play in youth policy in Armenia, and the way forward in 2022. Together with line Ministries and government agencies, youth organisations and international development partners, the project discussed how to further promote meaningful youth participation in Armenia and to foster the employability and active participation of youth in society and the economy.
The meeting resulted in a series of recommendations developed as a result of workshops and discussions. The participants acknowledged the need for stronger coordination in the youth field among CSOs, donors and public authorities. At the same time, the importance of youth democratic structures was highlighted, including student and pupil councils and youth advisory bodies. Other recommendations included better coordination between international development partners and initiatives, diversifying the beneficiaries receiving various forms of support, exchanging best practices in the youth field between Armenia and the EU, and support for youth centres.
Under the regional EU4Youth umbrella and working in close cooperation with the Eastern partner countries, the EU4Youth – Youth Engagement Roadmaps project promotes youth participation, youth employment partnerships and young social entrepreneurship. Furthermore, the project has developed and introduced Youth Policy Labs as an innovative methodology to facilitate dialogue and exchange among young people and other stakeholders in a number of policy fields.
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