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Youth Human Rights Movement

18th meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth (Hungary)

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A regular meeting of the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe, the body composed of the representatives of European youth organizations, took place on October 17-19 at the European Youth Centre in Budapest.

"Young Europe" is the member of the council, and at this meeting it was represented by Konstantin Baranov.
The main issues for consideration were: restructuring the youth sector of the Council of Europe, developing a strategic document on European youth policy ("Agenda 2020") and summing up the results of the "All Different – All Equal" campaign.
Vivid discussions were provoked by the issue of restructuring the Council of Europe youth sector. It must ensure the mainstreaming of the youth policy in all the departments and institutions of the CoE and raising its visibility.

"Agenda 2020" – a document aimed at setting the strategy of the Council of Europe youth policy, was also discussed in groups. The adoption of the document is scheduled for the 8th Conference of Ministers responsible for youth in 2008 in Kiev. Among the priorities of the strategy are promoting the fundamental values of the CoE (democracy, human rights and the
rule of law) among young people, confronting the discrimination and intercultural learning.

Some attention was also paid to cooperation with Russia on youth issues. This sphere now has certain risks due to the recent creation of the State Committee of Youth Affairs and appointment of Vasiliy Yakemenko, the leader of pro-Kremlin anti-democratic youth organization "Nashi" as its head.