Our city is a city of youth by tradition,
perhaps the city with the largest number of young people in the Mediterranean basin. At the same time, it has a very large number of students, reaching 150,000 and, as a result, the total number of young people reaches 50% of the total population of Thessaloniki.
This great “force” that we have as a city can be unleashed, activated and develop a huge momentum, thus becoming the vehicle of a creative exit from the deadlocks of the current situation we are experiencing at local and national level.
It is the generation from which we have taken away optimism and hope and we, at the very least, need to leave their path for the country’s rebirth free and unhindered.
With this in mind, we decided to claim for Thessaloniki the title
‘’European Youth Capital 2014’’
for our young people with a prerequisite to listen to them, give them the opportunity and help them plan their own year. And this, during all 365 days of the year.
For the first time in the recent history of Thessaloniki,
so many young people sat around the same table to plan ahead future actions and events for themselves and for the young people of Greece and Europe.
The procedure of editing the application form and the program, based on the democratic participation of all
– confirmed the identity of young people as active citizens not just in Greece, which was particularly highlighted and promoted;
– contributed to the development of values such as solidarity and tolerance by fostering social cohesion at a first level;
– helped overcome the disputes that emerged gradually under the pressure of disagreements and tight deadlines;
– created the conditions for better access and influence in the economic, social, political and cultural life of the city;
– showcased the quality of collectivity when it incorporates diversity and responds to the needs and expectations of even those affected by social exclusion and marginalization;
– discovered channels of communication and showcased methods of integrating the institutions and achievements of European youth policy into the national and local level of action;
– encouraged initiative and cultivated responsibility to those who participated.
We continue with the same principles…
-We have updated the Memorandum of Understanding with the General Secretariat for Youth.
The General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning and Youth of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs and KEDITH representing the Municipality of Thessaloniki renewed their Memorandum of Understanding in order to cooperate in the organization of international youth meetings in Thessaloniki and to undertake joint actions in the following areas:
- National initiative to define the framework for volunteering in Greece;
- Legislation for the support of young people through recognition of youth work;
- Creation of a registry of youth organizations and initiatives;
- Development of structured dialogue on youth issues.