An exciting outlook for 2024: IVY volunteers to support citizens’ consultations
2024 will be a year with exciting novelties in IVY (to be announced soon!), and one of them is a new tasks for IVY volunteers to support cooperation. The European Commission has invited Interreg programmes to run consultations among their stakeholders on their vision of Interreg in the future, and IVY volunteers will have a central role here.
Programmes will design and conduct consultations involving different local actors in their regions to hear and learn from their perspectives how cooperation works and can be improved.
Young people can participate in this amazing effort of democratic participation: Interreg programmes can benefit from the support of IVY volunteers who will help them carry out the consultations, for example reaching out to new actors in the area, or suggesting inclusive ways of engaging with local communities. Also, young people should be listened to too as part of the consultations.
We interviewed Sławomir Tokarski, Director for ‘European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programme Implementation’ at the European Commission, one of the initiators of the initiative, to understand the importance of the consultations for DG REGIO:
Why is the role of youth so central to this exercise of post-2027 consultation in territorial cooperation?
What is the result of these consultations that you wish for?
And with this interesting new challenge for 2024, we look forward to involving new young people in IVY and supporting citizens expressing their expectations on cooperation.