Taking on board the views, expectations and concerns of young people "is an essential pre-condition to ensure the good functioning of democracy”, PACE Political Affairs stressed today - but regrettably, they said, “young people are under-represented in parliaments and do not engage sufficiently with traditional politics”.
Following the proposals of the rapporteur, Anastasios Chatzivasileiou (Greece, EPP/DC), the committee called for the establishment of a mechanism aimed at ensuring that “a youth perspective is systematically taken into account in its deliberations”. Such a PACE-Youth Participation Mechanism, detailed in the draft resolution unanimously adopted, would rely on the participation of members of the Assembly and young Europeans, represented by the Advisory Council of Youth and other structures of the Council of Europe youth sector.
Amongst these measures, each of the Assembly’s general committees (with the exception of the Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights) should appoint from amongst its members or alternates a Youth Rapporteur, “who shall be responsible for raising the youth perspective in the discussion on the reports under preparation in the committee”.
The adopted text calls on the Assembly’s national delegations to increase the presence of young parliamentarians amongst their members, consider reserving a certain number of seats for young parliamentarians, and take measures to encourage their active participation in the work of the Assembly.