The EUSALP Youth Council is slowly becoming established in the landscape of the European Union strategy for the Alpine region. Since the end of the summer and the team building event that allowed the members to get to know each other, the young people have been active both inside and outside the youth council. Many events invited the EUSALP young councillors so that they could bring their point of view on the discussed themes. It was necessary to organize internally to ensure the relevance of the participation of the youth council and to distribute the events among the youth advisors. The events were proposed to the youth on the Slack channel and chosen according to the theme, location and availability of each member.
We will briefly describe the events in which the youth participated.
Presented youth.shaping.EUSALP at the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities.
The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance. In this context the youth policy of EUSALP through its project youth.shaping.EUSALP is an example for other European regions to involve young people in their activities. Eva, Slovenian member of the youth council, presented the functioning of the EUSALP Youth Council to the other macro-regional strategies of the EU.
Presented the EUSALP Youth Council at the EUROMONTANA online conference.
The representation of mountain regions in the EU, organised the conference “Be young in a mountain area in 2021”. On this occasion, Achille Ribeyron, one of the French representatives in the youth council, presented the EUSALP and the youth activities allowing an active participation of young people in its functioning.
Represented the youth council at the General Assembly of the Mountain Transition.
On September 23rd and 24th, 2021, all stakeholders from the mountain ecosystem were invited to come together to discuss the issues of the transition in tourism, contribute their collective intelligence and co-build future solutions for their territories.
Louise Drompt at the round table on transition of tourism in the Alpine region.
It was a complicated exercise that Louise experienced during this event. Indeed, she took the floor in front of the cameras to share her experience on this theme. Surrounded by experts, NGOs and political representatives, she defended the ideas of the EUSALP youth council while bringing her experience in relation to mobility and international cooperation issues.
Margot Pitel at the physical event in Métabief.
When the events take place near the home of the young EUSALP advisors, it is easier to participate and even more meaningful. Margot, representing France, lives in the Doubs region which is not far from the resort of Métabief. During this event, Margot was able to participate in a design thinking workshop to invent the tourism of tomorrow in the mid-altitude ski resorts.
Participated actively during the EUSALP Executive board meeting.
The executive board is an important moment in the functioning of EUSALP. It is during this meeting that the main decisions are taken and strategic points are discussed. For the first time, 2 representatives of the youth council were sitting around the table. During this meeting the youth council recalled the quality of the work already done on youth participation and the importance of continuing in this direction in order to perpetuate youth participation within EUSALP.
Asked a question at the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities.
On the occasion of the European Year of the Railways, the European Commission’s Week of Regions and Cities had to deal with the subject during one of its conferences. The topic of the conference was “How to harmonise European rail systems in line with the green and digital transition of the EU”.
The youth council is very interested in the issues surrounding mobility at the local and cross-border level. One of the 4 thematic groups of the youth council. For this event organized by the AG4 of EUSALP. The youth council was invited to ask a question to the experts of this theme. Here is the question asked by the members of the thematic group Mobility:
“Physical and territorial barriers pose threats to the integrity and effectiveness of the European Rail network. For example, some railways just end at national borders due to political and legal difficulties, like at Briançon in France where political and physical difficulties have got in the way of a connection with Italy, and and between places such as Nice-Torino and Nice-Genova where existing infrastructure is not utilised. This leads to difficulties in creating a trans-national rail network – how can these be overcome? And even when these are overcome, it can be impractical and hard to implement some rail connections in certain areas due to certain physical barriers i.e. mountains. How will the existing and planned train networks include these regions? For example, I live in the Lungau area of Salzburg State where there are no direct train connections to major cities. Thus, it will be hard to take advantage of the improvement in the wider European train network. As a young person without a car, what can be done to better connect regions like mine to enable people to take advantage of the new exciting plans foreseen for a greener transport system?”
Gave feedback at the conference City-Mountain Cooperation.
The EUSALP Youth Councillors were invited to participate in a round table during the event and to share their opinion about the event and its results. They also had the opportunity to discuss cooperation between urban and rural Alpine territories in various fields (agriculture, food, forestry, biodiversity, culture, leisure, mobility, etc.), contributing to the European objectives of climate neutrality 2050. The articulation of scales, from local to international, was thus at the heart of the conference and the experiences that have been presented.
Joined the EUSALP Summer modules with EUFEMIA.
Throughout the summer, the EUFEMIA team visited youth centers in the Alps to offer an activity on the theme of EUSALP. The morning was dedicated to a board game confronting 4 teams and facing the challenges of the Alpine region. In the afternoon, a presentation of the EUSALP and a time of brainstorming was planned so that each young person could take hold of the problems of the EUSALP.
It was noted that communication between peers is often more effective, so the members of the youth council were able to participate in these events and present the EUSALP. This was the case of Finn, German member of the Youth Council, who participated in the meeting in Liebenzell.
Joined the online and physical event of SATURN project.
As part of the EIT CLIMATE-KIC SATURN project, whose aim is to support new models of relationships for the sustainable use of natural resources and to tackle climate change, this event open to the public aims to tell through a couple of short films and a round table, how the ideas of some young people in the area have become entrepreneurial experience, as well as local administrators, tourism operators can become an opportunity for reflection and a lever to increase social aggregation, a sense of community and awareness of current and future challenges.
Ludovica Spanevello at the round table on “Stories of climate, resilience and youth initiative”
This event open to the public aims to tell through a couple of short films (“Schianti” and “The End of Snow” ) and a round table, how the ideas of some young people in the area have become entrepreneurial experience, a way of innovation and social aggregation and a lever to increase the sense of community and awareness of current and future challenges.
Camilla Menestrina at the round table on “Stories of landscape, recreation and community”.
This event open to the public aims to show, both through a short film (“Prima Ascesa”) and a round table, how the ideas of local administrators, tourism operators and young people can become an opportunity for reflection and a lever to increase social aggregation, a sense of community and awareness of current and future challenges.
Now it is the turn of the youth council members to organise their own events.
They are planning to meet in Slovenia at the beginning of November to work on the current projects.
Finally, they will organise different meetings and workshops during the annual EUSALP forum which will be held on 14 or 15 December 2021 in Nice.