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5. Participation

5.9 E-participation

Last update: 7 January 2021

In 2014, a project of multilateral cooperation in youth policy for debate, knowledge and the promotion of e-participation in political and social life by young people was presented to society through the Internet, new media and digital networks. It was framed in the YOUTH PART in which the Institute of Youth (Instituto de la Juventud) is the agency in charge of the development of the measures in our country. This project presented a guide with the necessary measures to develop a youth e-participation plan.

The No Hate Campaign, convened by the Council of Europe in 2014 against hate speech on the Internet, aims to mobilize citizens, especially young people, to debate, act together in defence of human rights and fight against any form of intolerance on the Internet. In Spain, the Campaign is in charge of the Institute of Youth (Instituto de la Juventud) as an agency of the General State Administration specialized in youth and in promoting youth participation.

The Youth Secretariat of Workers’ Commissioners (Secretaría de Juventud de Comisiones Obreras, CCOO), together with the Spanish Youth Council (Consejo de la Juventud de España, CJE), launched in 2004 a campaign on social networks to promote youth affiliation and participation in class unions aimed at of tackling job scarcity. This campaign under the motto ‘Let no one fool you! Work for what's fair!’ is intended to be a wake-up call to Spanish youth to encourage young people to participate in a wide range of consultation and decision-making spaces in union organizations and encourage them to join in daily union action.

The campaign of 2016, under the hashtag #DoNotResignYourselfOrganise (#NoTeResignesOrganízate), aims to draw the attention of young people to the phenomenon of precarious work, while urging them to combat resignation around this phenomenon by organizing unions to defend their rights.

The European Youth Forum, the platform of youth organizations in Europe, has as its mission the promotion of the participation of European youth and the improvement of the living conditions of young people in society. To this end, it establishes a work plan of a bi-annual nature with the objectives to be covered during said period.

In the area of participation, it stands out in its commitment to support the development of political participation among young Europeans, calling for campaigns to lower the legal age to vote to 16 or promoting respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights through various activities and campaigns in social networks in collaboration with the Europe Council.