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EU Youth Conference

EU Youth Conference

Around 200 young people and policymakers from all over Europe met at the EU Youth Conference in Amsterdam from 4 to 7 April. Together they discussed a range of issues, including what could be done to help young people in Europe unlock their full potential in our digital and multicultural society.

EU Presidency

The conference concluded with a debate on radicalisation in which State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport Martin van Rijn and EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics will participate. The conference is being organised as part of the Netherlands EU Presidency by the National Youth Council (NJR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, and with support from the European Commission.

Theme and programme The theme of the EU Youth Conference is ‘Enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe’. There was a particular focus on young people who face more challenges than their peers, for instance because they have mental health problems or a migrant background.


The EU Youth Conference is being organised by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the National Youth Council (NJR) and the Netherlands Youth Institute. Over an 18-month period these parties will also participate in the European Steering Committee responsible for coordinating the Structured Dialogue at EU level. The Steering Committee also includes representatives of Slovakia, Malta, the European Commission and the European Youth Forum.

The National Youth Council (NJR) aims to connect young people to their own strengths, to each other and to the organisations and businesses that shape our world.