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Anderson places bid for Derry Strabane District Council as European Youth Capital 2019

13 April, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson this week met with Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in an attempt to see Derry City and Strabane District Council area awarded European Youth Capital 2019.

Following the meeting in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said,

"Derry and Strabane has one of the youngest populations in the North, with more than one third of the population being aged under 25 years and in recent years over 100 youth based organisations has evolved to meet the needs of these young people. 

"In 2000 Derry became the first area to develop a Children Commission and the only council in Ireland to have a dedicated Children & Young Persons officer which is currently developing and implementing UNICEF Child Rights partner's programme. 

"It is for reasons such as these that I think being awarded the title of European Youth Capital 2019 would be a lift for a city that has made such a powerful contribution to conflict resolution and outreach.

"This accolade could help all partners to a shared youth legacy and the key goal would be to use EYC19 as a catalyst to deliver significant improvements in Youth Democracy; Local economic prosperity, youth health and wellbeing, youth access and places of interest.

"I have already held extensive meeting with Mayor Elisha McCallion, Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness and Cultural Minister Carál Ní Chuilín about this bid and their support and assistance have been invaluable. 

Ms Anderson continued,"The purpose is to put the Derry Strabane area on the map as one of Europe's most progressive and enlightened places for young people to live, work and play.

"Success in this bid would help lay the foundations for young people's involvement in developing and shaping policy that will become a core component of all future community plans in the areas.

"Commissioner Navracsics took my proposals on board, stating the importance of young people as agents for change and will mention the case during a meeting of the European Youth Council next week, ahead of the shortlisting process on 26th April." ENDS

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