Structured Dialogue with Youth

What is the Structured Dialogue with youth?

Structured dialogue with youth is an instrument to ensure that the opinion of young people is taken into account in defining youth-related policies of the European Union. To achieve this, the structured dialogue brings together young people and policy-makers across the EU to jointly discuss and feed into youth policy at national and European level.

The structured dialogue involves consultations with young people and youth organisations at all levels in the EU Member States, and at EU level during the EU Youth Conferences organised by each EU Presidency country. The structured dialogue is implemented in work cycles of 18 months that have a common overall thematic priority and are divided into three rounds of consultations (one for each presidency).

The current cycle (5th cycle) under the Team Presidency the Netherlands-Slovakia-Malta focuses on the overall thematic priority of “Enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe – Ready for life, Ready for society“. This 5th cycle of Structured Dialogue runs from 1st January 2016 to 30th June 2017.

For more information, visit the EU Commission page on the  Structured Dialogue.

Why does EEE-YFU care about the Structured Dialogue with youth?

EEE-YFU believes that Structured Dialogue provides young people with a great chance to make their voice heard also on the European level. As an umbrella organisation of European Youth for Understanding organisations providing long-term high school stays abroad we gather many volunteers who have experience from more than one European culture. Through their activities they make it possible to deepen intercultural understanding, mutual respect and to reinforce social responsibility within young Europeans. Structured dialogue enables them to promote these values within the youth policies and build a better Europe for us all.

What is the role of International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations?

The role of International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations (INGYOs) is different from the one of National Youth Councils (NYCs) in the process, especially since originally, the Structured Dialogue was envisaged as a process of dialogue at Member State level. However, the role of INGYOs has grown a lot: not only they can send representatives to the EU Youth Conference, but they can also contribute to the process by organising debates between young people and decision-makers, meetings, online consultations, groups and workshops.

What has EEE-YFU done so far?

Since 2013, EEE- YFU has been involved in Structure Dialogue. We have conducted consultations with our volunteers and member organisations; we have been communicating regularly with the European Youth Forum; we participated in some previous European Youth Conferences; and, together with YEU, we designed and disseminated a toolkit on the Structured Dialogue.

Within our Pool of Representatives, a member is appointed as “Structure Dialogue Representative” and is in charge of following the process, facilitating the consultations and raising awareness among our member organisations around this process.

Additionally, information about the consultations and overall about structured dialogue is disseminated through our volunteers’ newsletter, that reaches out 1000 people.

Resources on Structured Dialogue



“It is of utmost importance that young people, especially from the new member states of the EU, have the possibility to participate in decision making processes, so to contribute with their experience and their ability to think out of the box. Despite tremendous progress in the field of democratization, many institutions still have historically grown standard operational and complex procedures.” (Martin, Germany and Latvia)