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European Union
Youth Conference
Estonia 2017

23-26 October 2017
Tallinn, Kultuurikatel

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Transfers for Youth Representatives

Transport from the airport will be arranged for all youth representatives on arrival, but only on October 23. Should you arrive earlier or later than October 23, we kindly ask you to arrange your own transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Transport to the airport will be arranged for all youth representatives on departure, but only on October 26. Should you leave earlier or later than October 26, we kindly ask you to arrange your own transfer from the airport to the hotel.

You can find our information desk in the airport on October 23 and October 26.

If you do not arrive on October 23 or leave on October 26 or miss the transfer for some ohter reason, we advise you to use Tallinn public transport or taxi service. The distance between the airport and the hotel is about 7 km.

Transport to and from the venue of the conference as well as other transfers indicated in the official programme will be arranged for all delegations.

Youth representatives travelling at different times as shown in the programme are kindly requested to make their own travel arrangements. Estonian Presidency will not cover these costs.

It is also possible to walk from the hotel to the venue of the conference.

 

Transfers for Ohter Delegates

Transport to and from the airport will not be arranged by the Estonian Presidency.

Transport indicated in the official programme will be arranged for all delegations. Delegation members travelling at different times as shown in the programme or not staying in Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn are kindly requested to make their own travel arrangements.

Hotel

Youth representatives

All accommodation arrangements for the youth representatives will be provided and paid for by the organizers, therefore please do not make any hotel reservations yourself. Youth representatives will be staying in Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn.

Other delegates

The Estonian Presidency has made a pre-reservation for delegates in Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn. You are kindly requested to confirm the pre-bookings of accommodation in the designated hotel by sending an email on reservations.meriton.tallinn@rezidorparkinn.com using promo code youthconf. Pre-reservations and special presidency rates are valid until 5 September 2017. Please be aware that in order to ensure availability of pre-booked hotel rooms we kindly ask all delegations to make their booking before 5 September.

Please also bear in mind that the Estonian Presidency will cover the costs of accommodation for only youth representatives. Any other costs incurred will not be covered by the Estonian Presidency and must be paid to the hotel directly.

If you opt for alternative accommodation, please be aware that no other direct transport to the venue will be provided.

Why do we come together and what do we want to reach?

The 1st EU Youth Conference will kick off the 6th cycle of the Structured Dialogue (read more), with an open inquiry. The 4-day conference, co-created with its participants, provides a space for:

  • exploring what matters to the young people today (with possible outlook into the future);
  • for meaningful conversations and building connections across countries and backgrounds;

  • mapping all possible topics, questions, concerns and ideas for the future;

By the end of the conference we aim to:

  • spotlight the most burning questions, unspoken issues and future ideas affecting and influencing young people;

  • inform the guidelines for the open youth consultation to be launched in all the EU Member States as part of the Structured Dialogue during the period November 2017–February 2018;
  • inform, in the long term, the proposal for the next EU Youth Strategy, to be published by the European Commission in early summer 2018 (tbc);

  • inspire you to take new perspectives back at home.

How does the conference look like?

Tallinn Creative Hub will be our source for inspiration, so take a virtual tour of the venue right away. Brief inputs to spark your curiosity will be part of the program.
We offer different ways to express yourself in smaller and bigger groups, thus invite everybody’s wisdom, experience and perspective to be shared in various formats, both online or offline, on paper and face to face.
Have a look at the conference program.

We will also offer a number of challenges. Firstly, how can we work, think and create together, have courage to listen to each other, be empathetic towards different views and address issues together no matter our background? Secondly, how can we make our work visible and harvest the essence so that two charming youth researchers Dan Moxon and Ondras Barta will have enough data to craft most burning and essential questions for the consultations to be launched soon after our conference in different countries all over Europe. Luckily we have you to shape and shake the end result as well.

The Coyote magazine of EU-CoE Youth Partnership (read more) has decided to join our conference as the editors hub for the next future edition on smart youth work. Last but not least, the informal program and city tours guided by the local youth will also light up the program.

The conference will be co-hosted by Piret Jeedas from Estonia, David Jul from Denmark and Tea Jarc from Slovenia. David works as a process consultant with meaningful engagement and learning design. Tea is a youth activist and a freelance trainer and facilitator working on education and youth empowerment. Piret is an adult educator, process artist and learning designer.

How is it different from the previous editions of the Youth Conference?

One of the major differences from previous conferences is that we don’t offer certain themes and topics typically pre-defined by somebody else but explore more widely what is happening in the youth field. We will tackle topics and new areas of concerns that haven’t been addressed yet.

The other difference is, that we are not spending hours on getting the consultation questions written down as an end result of the conference, but aim to create a good input for the researches to draft the questions right after the conference. Simply to take away a burden from you and give you more space to unfold the content of your conversations.

What is my role at the conference?

Participants come from different backgrounds and contribute to youth-related issues in different contexts. Finding a shared language and creating meaning together takes time. Therefore we invite each and everyone of you to be present with an open mind, listen with empathy, step into meaningful dialogue, take responsibility for being seen and heard. The art of thinking and creating together also means to make visible your ideas and thoughts via several harvesting formats provided during the conference.

How should I prepare for the conference?

Firstly, we invite you to really observe what is happening in the lives of young people, youth work and youth policy today, whether in your organisation or country or on European level. What young people express, what they talk about, what they do or do not do, how they feel and think about their future? Their life in 10 or 20 years? What does Europe has to do with it?

Secondly, you can think about and seek ansfer for the following: “If I could have one important conversation to influence the future of young people in Europe, what would it be about?”

Thirdly, if you’ve got a musical instrument, fitting nicely into your carry-on bag, just grab it along.

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