In November by the end of the month a visit of the Ukrainian youth policy experts took place in Strasbourg where a member of the Advisory Council on youth of the Council of Europe Karolis Žemaitis had a chance to present the work of LiJOT member organizations and other European youth organizations to the participants from Ukraine.
Despite the fact that it seems that Ukraine is dedicated to continue taking the path towards European integration a couple of past years since Maidan have been a real challenge. Ongoing military conflict in the eastern part of the country, deeply-rooted corruption and division of the country make it harder to implement structural reforms that are needed. In this context, youth field is extremely important for Ukraine- young people were the driving force in Maidan’s revolution and today are one of the most important actors seeking for the change in the country. Therefore, it is really delightful to see that the Council of Europe gives so much attention to the development of Ukrainian youth policy and Ukrainian youth organizations.
At the beginning of 2016 there was signed an Agreement between the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine on Framework Programme on cooperation in the field of youth policy in 2016-2020. Due to this agreement for the upcoming four years Council of Europe together with the Ukrainian ministry of sport and youth will be working to empower youth organizations and improve legal basis of youth policy in a country. Expert meetings with Ukrainian youth workers, various methodical publications, Ukrainian youth policy monitoring are foreseen under this agreement. This visit in Strasbourg is part of these activities.
Within the scope of the Council of Europe activities Lithuanian representatives very actively contribute to the development of Ukrainian youth policy. Juozas Meldžiukas, deputy director of the department of youth affairs and former LiJOT coordinator of international affairs Karolis Žemaitis coordinate cooperation between the Council of Europe and Ukraine.
The success of the Ukrainian youth organizations is not only a strategic priority of the Council of Europe but also of LiJOT. Hence, we are more than happy being able to share best practices with the relevant stakeholders from Ukraine.