A debate on the European Youth Pact with young Europeans has launched a consultation process with European youth on how they believe the pact can be best applied. The debate saw Education and Culture Commissioner Ján Figel and European Youth Forum President Renaldas Vaisbrodas field questions submitted electronically on issues covering three areas - mobility, training, education and volunteering; employment and social inclusion and active citizenship.
Throughout the year young Europeans will be invited to fill in a questionnaire on the European Youth Portal providing their input.
The process will culminate in an 'Etats Generaux'. This brings together young people from across Europe, commissioners, MEPs and other policy makers to discuss youth policy in December 2005. This will be part of a special 'European Youth Week'.
Two key areas where the Commission is considering further initiatives: - The French summer jobs pilot project 'jobs d'été' may be extended across Europe as part of efforts to encourage young students to be more mobile, to learn valuable job skills and to experience life in another European country. - An additional 'Youthpass' element to the Europass whereby young European citizens could gain recognition for non-formal voluntary youth work undertaken. The Youthpass would cover both certification and self-assessment. The test phase for this will start in 2006 and will look at ways of how youth work can be validated.