During the Friday afternoon programme of the 2nd Visegrád Youth Conference the youth leaders adopted a joint declaration comprising seven points. In the declaration they urged the cooperation between local governments and minorities especially in the field of the mother tongue use in education. They also emphasized that the minorities should be regarded rather as a resource and not a threat.

The document expresses their will to cooperate in matters concerning the Central European region as well as their intention to submit the declaration to the presidents of their respective states and the youth organization of the European People’s, YEPP.

The declaration was adopted unanimously by the 18 youth organizations and its content was presented to the press by László Böröcz, President of Fidelitas and Lóránt Antal, President of MIÉRT.

“The Visegrád Youth Conference both in spirit and goals set its aim at approaching the opinions of the Central Eastern Communities and nations to each other. Europe and our region has encountered problems to which we should find local, national and European solutions. The European Union can be successful only if our region is successful, too.” – the document reads.

The Joint Declaration contains the following points:

Supporting the young at the beginning of their career

There is a need for a policy focused on the emancipation of the young, supporting them in starting a family in order to manage the demographic processes that concern Europe. The governments should focus more on the residential issues the young have andon supporting their loans. From the perspective of the occupational problem of the young, there should be agreater consistency between the expectations of the labour market and the educational offer.

Central European youth cooperation

The signatories require the establishment of an exchange programme for the youth living in the Visegrád 4 + countries. The Erasmus programme has already proven the beneficial effect of the mobilities. On this model it would be useful to support student and trainee exchange programmes for high school students, undergraduates and graduates.

Strengthening the relationship between minorities and majorities

It is necessary to strengthen the cooperation between governments and minorities especially in the respect of mother tongue education for the youth. The signatories support the consolidation of the rule of law and subsidiarity and advocate against the repression of minorities.They also emphasise that minorities should be treated as a resource and not a threat.

Innovation and digitalization

The document stresses the establishment of a European Innovation Platform and a more startup-friendly environment. Adapting to the 21st century world of information technology, it suggests free internet access in the educational institutions.

We stress the observance of the Schengen Treaty, the proportional and fair distribution of the duties arisen from the migratory wave. We also suggest the evaluation of the application for asylum outside the European Union for which we consider important the establishment of good relations between the transit states and the state of origin– the manifesto states.

Helping the V4+ partner states

The V4+ states members of the EU must offer support for their partners in European integration. One way for achieving this is for example to simplify the visa system.

Developing regional cooperation

The key to the success of our region is a closer cooperation among the partner states. We need scientific, cultural and economic cooperation for example by supporting local businesses.

The conference will last until Sunday, and the young will have the possibility to talk to MP’s and local government actors.