Polish-Hungarian Youth Forum as a part of the 30th Economic Forum in Karpacz

During this year’s edition of the Economic Forum in Karpacz, the Polish-Hungarian Youth Forum was held for the first time. As part of the event, two discussion panels were organized, entitled Youth is the Future. How to build Polish-Hungarian youth cooperation?.

One of the factors contributing to taking up civic activity is the need for change and development, which is more common among young people. However, we still have problems with talking about the actual cooperation of young people, which is almost non-existent on a large scale, and the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes is only apparent. The social attitudes of young people are shaped not only by the need to influence the environment but also to build a community across borders. Is building the image of young leaders more than just a slogan? What benefits can this bring for international cooperation? The questions were answered by the participants of both discussions.

The first was moderated by Daniel Przewozniak, Vice-President of the Polish Self-Government in Buda, president and co-founder of an international non-governmental organization dealing with Polish-Hungarian youth cooperation. The panel participants were: Zsófia Rácz, Undersecretary of State for Youth Affairs in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and former UN delegate for youth from Hungary, Łukasz Kmita, Małopolska Voivode, former Olkusz City and Commune Councilor and Olkusz County Councilor, Lilla Bartuszek, Secretary General of the V4SDG – Visegrad for Sustainability and Piotr Mazurek, Secretary of State in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Government Plenipotentiary for Youth Policy and co-chairman of the Council for Dialogue with the Young Generation.

In the second debate participated: Dénes András Nagy, Researcher at the European Strategy Research Institute of the National University of Public Service, András Volom, President of the V4SDG – Visegrad for Sustainability, formerly the first Hungarian youth delegate to the UN and head of the EU youth delegation to the G7, Marcin Pacholski, Member Council of the Polish-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, manager at Hungary Poland Legal and Lőrinc Nacsa, Member of the Hungarian National Assembly, President of the Union of Christian and Democratic Youth.

The participants answered the question what to do to get young people involved in Polish-Hungarian affairs. Beginning his speech, Piotr Mazurek stated: “Polish-Hungarian cooperation also in the area of youth cooperation is advanced, but we want to develop it all the time. We conduct very intensive activities in Poland, that aim to activate young people as much as possible, involve them in decision-making processes, engage them at various levels, from local government to the national level. ” Zsófia Rácz emphasized that the youth exchange in the Polish-Hungarian direction is particularly important and how important are the activities of the Wacław Felczak Polish-Hungarian Cooperation Institute, especially when it comes to organizing the Summer University in Krasiczyn, where Polish and Hungarian youth can meet. Lilla Bartuszek added how important it is to involve young people in projects aimed at achieving the goals of Sustainable Development. The common goal mobilizes for closer relations, which is what the V4SDG is striving for in the Visegrad Group. Łukasz Kmita stated that this kind of cooperation is already taking place. Schools, especially those named after St. Hedwig very efficiently cooperate with Hungarian friends and partners. An excellent pillar of this cooperation when it comes to Małopolska is the Consulate General of Hungary in Cracow. Together, we develop the concept of building a Europe of values. Poles and Hungarians are on one side when it comes to European identity. Youth is kind of a bridge between adult politicians. It is extremely important that the political level goes down to the level of friendship. “As part of the youth policy, we have established a Council for Dialogue with the Young Generation, which conducts international activities, including electing a delegate to the UN.” – continued Piotr Mazurek. “As Minister Rácz mentioned, it is a very interesting and long-established platform for cooperation between representatives of the young generation from different countries. Undoubtedly, cooperation in the Three Seas countries is facilitated due to the common views. ”

The partner of the event is the European Strategy Research Institute of the University of Public Service in Budapest.

The project was co-financed by the Hungarian-Polish Non-Governmental Cooperation Program.