Geoff is set to represent Rural Youth Europe

Geoff Thompson representing Rural Youth Europe in the European Parliament

Geoff Thompson representing Rural Youth Europe in the European Parliament

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A member of Annaclone and Magherally Young Farmers’ Club is to represent Rural Youth Europe in the European Commission’s upcoming Structured Dialogue for young people.

The selection will see Geoff Thompson represent Rural Youth Europe’s 500,000 members and join 14 other international youth organisation representatives for a series of conferences in the Netherlands, Slovakia and Malta.

The conferences will discuss opportunities, obstacles and pressing issues for young people throughout the European Union over the next 18 months.

Speaking on his selection, Geoff said: “To be asked to represent Rural Youth Europe is a privilege, and highlights the high regard that the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster is held in by our sister organisations throughout Europe.”

He continued: “The Structured Dialogues are an excellent opportunity for youth organisations to work together with policy makers to jointly discuss and develop the priorities for youth work at both a national and European level”.

The first conference is to be held in Amsterdam between the 4th to 7th April and will focus on mental health, cross-sectorial cooperation and the prevention of violent extremism within the EU.

If any other local youth organisations have any views or opinions on these topics that they would like to raise with the Commission, Geoff would be happy to be contacted via email at GeoffThompson@UFUHQ.com to discuss your thoughts or concerns.