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5. Participation

5.9 E-participation

Last update: 28 November 2023

ICT Tools Used

Eurodesk provides contents for the European Youth Portal that offers comprehensive information to young people aged 13 to 30 on the following opportunities throughout Europe: volunteering, work, studies, participation, culture and creative activity, health, social inclusion, global thinking and travelling. It is a portal for every young person, based on the needs of young people, providing them with the necessary information that embraces different aspects of life. On-line counselling on youth policy issues that are important in Europe and at the national level takes place in the European Youth Portal.

The national work group for implementation of the EU structured dialogue in Latvia uses the European Youth Portal to counsel youth on-line.

EC owns the portal, therefore the data on use of the portal are sent by the Eurodesk headquarters in Brussels. The national Eurodesk coordinator has access to those data only when they are delivered to all states as statistics.

Policy Framework

The main aim of the Eurodesk and European Youth Portal is to inform young people regarding different options of the programmes, including the “Erasmus+” programme. This function is related to the Youth Policy Guidelines for 2015–2020, the Youth Policy Implementation Plan for 2015–2020 (Order No. 256 of the Cabinet of Ministers of 14 April 2016), EU youth strategy – to invest in youth, involve young people (the European Youth Portal has been particularly highlighted), the Youth Law (08.05.2008.), EU Strategy 2020 (basic initiative “Youth on the Move”), Regulation (EU) No. 1288/2013 of the Parliament and the Council of 11 December 2013 establishing “Erasmus+”: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.