International workshop “Access of information for youth – using interactive tools for processing and disseminating information”
Last January 15, 2020 the International workshop “Access of information for youth – using interactive tools for processing and disseminating information” took place in Riga, Latvia. It brought together more than 60 young people from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Belgium and Poland. The aim of the workshop was to present rights and opportunities for young people to access public information in school, municipality and country.
During the first part of the day, there was presentations on different civic activities taking place in different EU countries related to the application of the right of access to information that youth can benefit from. One of the initiatives was presented by ENUT (Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre) on gender budgeting as a strategy to achieve equality between women and men by focusing on how public resources are collected and spent. Next to this, there was a presentation by Estonian youth who introduced the Tallinn City Youth Council, to which they belong. This is a youth representative body of the Tallinn City Council as the higher decision-making institution of the Tallinn municipality. The aim of this Council is to represent the city youth and stand for their rights and interests. During the presentation, it was underlined the need of introducing this body in other countries and international institutions, such as in the United Nations. Other presentations focused on the right of access to information from the lobbying and media perspective. Both claimed for a more transparent right to access of information published in the media and in transparency lobbying registers. In fact, it was explained that there is no mandatory EU lobby register for all EU institutions, and this contributes to corruption, lack of integrity and lack of accountability in EU institutions, policies and legislation.