Expert Group on Youth Affairs 1997 – 2014
The EGYA, former Working Group on Youth Affairs, consisted of representatives from CBSS Member States’ ministries responsible for youth policy. The Baltic Youth Forum and the Regional Youth Council of Schleswig-Holstein also participated in the EGYA. The objective of the EGYA was to promote the active participation by young people in the development of democratic and pluralistic civil societies in the States of the Baltic Sea Region. These aims were pursued by strengthening Baltic Sea cooperation in the field of youth; increasing youth mobility and youth exchange in the region; participation of young people in policy structures in the Baltic Sea Area, (e.g. BSSSC, UBC, BSPC); promoting youth issues as a cross-sectoral topic; including disadvantaged young people in the activities of youth organisations and structures; cooperating with other regional youth structures in e.g. the Barents and Nordic regions.
The decision to set up a Baltic Sea Secretariat for Youth Affairs at the Regional Youth Council of Schleswig-Holstein in Kiel, Germany, was taken at the 1st Ministerial Conference on Baltic Sea cooperation in the field of Youth Affairs in Visby, Sweden in 1998. This move was based on a Finnish initiative from 1997. At the 2nd Conference of CBSS Youth Ministers in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2002, the decision was taken to establish a Working Group on Youth Affairs (WGYA).