Conference: Democracy Reloading

Location: Portimáo, Portugal

Dates: 26-29 May 2020

Number of participants: 80

Participating countries: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

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Organizer: BE-FR National Agency (Bureau International Jeunesse) (National Agency)

Deadline to apply: 10 March2020

Date of Selection:  24 March 2020

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If you are selected for this course, all costs (accommodation in TWIN rooms, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the National Agencies involved in this project – except a PARTICIPATION FEE which varies from country to country.

Please contact your Erasmus + National Agency to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Accommodation and food

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation (in twin rooms) for three nights and food for the duration of the conference programme. Participants have the option to upgrade to a single room by paying an extra fee per night.

Travel reimbursement

Please contact your Erasmus + National Agency to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

The arrival day is the 26th May and departure is on the 29th May.

Democracy Reloading

The Conference is about the role and potentials of municipalities in developing local democracy through youth participation in decision-making and will launch an online Toolkit to support the improvement of the relevant competences of municipalities.

Democracy Reloading is a brand of the national agencies of the Erasmus+ Youth Program, grounded in the values and principles of democracy, human rights, equality, and the rule of law. The online Toolkit is based on a set of 24 competences required for a local (municipal) or regional government to design, implement and evaluate a successful youth participation structures and concepts, to engage young people in the decision-making. The  specific objectives of the Democracy Reloading Launching Conference:

  • To officially introduce and launch the Democracy Reloading Online Toolkit* for municipalities,
  • To present the outcomes and lessons learnt from the Democracy Reloaded activities between 2015-2020 (challenges, requirements, opportunities),
  • To identify ways of using and promoting the online Toolkit,
  • To support the development of relevant national and European networks of stakeholders, practitioners of youth participation in municipal decision-making and local democracy.

Participants will be selected according to the following priorities:

  • Priority 1: Officers/administrators who work in/for local or regional municipalities in the field of youth policy (relevant elected council representatives are also included),
  • Priority 2: Youth workers working in the field of youth participation in municipal decision-making (in support of engaging young people in decision-making),
  • Priority 3: Trainers and consultants experienced in youth participation in decision-making,

The organisers invite representatives of the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the EC-CoE Youth Partnership, the European Committee of the RegionsCoE Congress of Local Authorities, ALDA European Association of Local Democracy, Council of European Municipalities and Regions, SALTO Youth Participation, Europe Goes Local, Intercity Youth Local.

How to apply?

Before applying consult your Erasmus+ National Agency in your country if they can send you to the Democracy Reloading Conference in Portugal from 26-29 May 2020 (and reimburse your travel).

  • If so, register online: click the APPLY NOW button on the top of this page.
  • If you have a disability, we gladly send you some pictures of the venue to check if the places are accessible for you.
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  • Or keep an eye on the European Training Calendar on SALTO.