European Local Regeneration Forums Exchange
Exchange & Capacity-building transnational Workshop
21st -23rd May- Brussels
“Europe for Citizens 2007-2013”
General Project Information
Programme: “Europe for Citizens 2007-2013”
Duration: 1st July 2007- 30th June 2008
Objective: The main aim of this project is to establish5 Local Regeneration Forums in 5 different cities. These local forums should be composed by citizens, professionals, politicians, in general, all the stakeholders involved in the urban regeneration process of the area. The objective is to promote citizen’s participation in the urban development of their cities and also to create a transnational exchange and capacity-building programme in order toboost participation at the European level, therefore creating a sense of European citizenship.
Tools: In order to realise this overall goal the project has developed an online platform that will enable the interaction between the different local forums, but also with the European level. This platform will also create the online resources/materials necessary to empower members of LocalRegeneration Forums (LRF) to connect to EU policies and programmes.
A transnational exchange programme will also be organised in order to attain these objectives. The Action Learning Methodology will be developed in order to ensure a full involvement of the 5 partners and of all the stakeholders at the local level. This programme will include the participation of over 40 key actors from the partnercities, and it will be focusing on one priority identified by the local regeneration forums: “marginalised youth”. The idea is to have an overview of the situation, problems, policies, etc, regarding young people in your cities, and at the same time, we will try to provide a European overview: what are the priorities at the EU level, which kind of policies and programmes are being implemented at themoment. In order to make sure that we create the connection between the local and the European level, the EU institutions will also be represented in the workshop, and they will present to the participants the European Agenda regarding Young People.
Young people in Europe
Today's young Europeans are a generation living in a rapidly evolving social, demographic, economic andtechnological environment. This is a Europe where they can move around freely, work and learn more easily than ever before, however, the challenges that young people are facing today are quite complex and diverse. On one hand, they have more opportunities to learn and develop their potential; but on the other, there aren’t enough pathways to do so. Empowering young people and creating favourableconditions for them to develop their skills, to work and participate actively in society is essential for the economic and social development of European cities, particularly in the context of globalisation, knowledge-based economies and ageing societies.
A strong economy and low unemployment continue to mask the true cost of youth exclusion. More than 17% of young people across EU 25 are not inwork, education or training, representing a significant loss to the individual and the economy. Moreover, the rate of unemployment among youth is typically two to three times the adult rate . This is mainly a consequence of difficulties surrounding the initial school-to-work transition, the relative insecurity and inexperience of new workers, and the frequent job changes undertaken in an attemptto find secure and satisfying employment.
Table: Youth non-employment rates in 1993 & 2003
| |Youth (15-24) non-employment rate |
| |1993 (a) |2003 (b) |
|Austria |41.9 |49.3 |