September 2015, seizing the opportunity of being all gathered in Luxemburg, the Youth Directors of the Ministries involved in IVO4ALL, France Volontaires and the European Commission have met and agreed to join forces and ensure a stronger impact of the policies encouraging a better access of the young people to international mobility services.
The 5 governments involved in IVO4ALL project have all made accessibility of youth programmes a priority.
They all have different approaches but would like to learn from each other to propose the most inclusive system. At this meeting, France confirmed its willingness to open up its civic service to more vulnerable young people. Italy has reminded that IVO4ALL is an opportunity to implement the council conclusions on promoting young people’s access to rights in order to foster their autonomy and participation in civil society. For the UK, it is an opportunity to learn from others and to link the national service to International Citizen Service (ICS). Lithuania, who is structuring its civil service schemes, would like to use IVO4ALL to empower the civil service. Luxembourg, who already offers programmes towards NEETs would like to share its experience. The discussions have led to the conclusion that the project and its progress should be presented to a largest audience .
The representatives have also agreed on emphasing the importance of having meetings right after European Union Youth Directors meetings (DG meetings) to get updates and to foster cooperation between the 5 countries involved. A presentation of the measures tested should be offered to the 28 Youth Directors at the DG meeting end of 2016 to start raising awareness among the DGs even if the results of the evaluation will not be available at this time. The next DG meeting will take place in The Netherlands.
Authors : Lénaïk Le Poul, France Volontaires and Virginia Mangematin, French Ministry of Sports, Youth, Popular Education and Community Life