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Close to 150 people met on February 5, 2004, to take part in the second Youth Mobility and Exchange Round Table organized by the Canadian Embassy in Paris. The many participants said they were pleased with the progress made on exchange opportunities and the more flexible procedures under the new Framework Agreement on Youth Mobility and Exchanges signed October 3, 2003, as a result of work done since the first Round Table in 2001.

The processes for implementing the Agreement were discussed at the meeting of the bilateral group on mobility and exchanges on February 6, 2004. As the Agreement officially comes into force, the Embassy is planning to step up its cooperation with organizations and associations, universities and young people as a way of raising awareness about its implementation. We encourage all concerned parties to visit the Embassy’s Website for further information.

The morning session featured a general presentation on the Framework Agreement on Youth Mobility and Exchanges, along with contributions by several representatives on various issues related to the importance of different types of mobility for different categories of young people. The plenary session was chaired by Canadian Ambassador Claude Laverdure. Participants in this morning session:

Martine BASSEREAU-DUBOIS, Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Deputy Director, Conventions

Terrence LONERGAN, Minister-Counsellor, Canadian Embassy

Contributors: part one

Bernard DE MONTMORILLON, President of Paris Dauphine and Chair of the Commission des relations extérieures, Conférence des Présidents des Universités (CPU).

Jean-Pierre CARBUCCIA-BERLAND, Director of Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse (PJJ)

Murielle PARCELIER, Vice-Chair of the Association nationale des conseils d’enfants et de jeunes (ANACEJ)

Contributors: part two

Jean-Paul CHARIÉ, Member of the National Assembly for Loiret and Chair of the Commission sur l’économie numérique

Bernard LACHANCE, Vice President, Partnership Programs, Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC)

Gérard HENRY, Director General, Travail sans frontières

Thomas TOWNSEND, Counsellor - Health, Social and Academic Affairs, Canadian Mission to the EU, Brussels.
Six workshops on specific topics were held in the afternoon. The reports prepared at each of the workshops are available on this site. The following are the main recommendations that came out of the workshops:

WORKSHOP 1: The New Role of Cooperation Agencies and Organizations in Exchange Programs

In order to provide clear and transparent information on the implementation processes for organizations and associations and all of the players involved, the participants recommend that the following be made available:
- a glossary defining the terms;
- a statement of selection criteria;
- a directory of stakeholders and/or players defining their missions and possibly their new roles;
- regular information sessions to facilitate implementation of the Agreement.

WORKSHOP 2: On-the-Job Training Placements and Employment With Companies

Giving young people access to the other country also means making exchange opportunities known through various means. The participants therefore recommend:
- creating an Internet site, an information portal on the internships available in both countries;
- recruiting young people on university campuses to participate in internships by setting up information booths to make internship opportunities known in both countries;
- disseminating information on the existence of such exchanges through student, university and consular organizations.

WORKSHOP 3: Creation and Establishment of Binational Study Programs

In brief, the participants observed that:
- creating national regulations in Canada or France is not advisable, as such regulations are liable to somewhat restrict exchanges;
- since some programs owe their success to bilateral efforts made by a pair of institutions implementing a specific agreement, centralizing certain services is not advisable;
- students wishing to extend their stay abroad (for example, to combine work with their studies), are unable to do so because of regulations governing student visas; the new agreement between France and Canada should allow a wider variety of opportunities in terms of both type and length of binational studies;
- mobility of administrators responsible for international exchange programs and professors responsible for creating integrated programs must be promoted in order to increase opportunities for program creation and improve existing programs;
- there is a need for increased promotion of studies in France aimed at young Canadians, since there are always more French students opting to study in Canada than there are Canadian students choosing to study in France.

WORKSHOP 4: Integration of Young People Through Transatlantic Partnership

Participants recommended the creation of a Canada-France bilateral commission to study the following recommendations and foster the parallel creation in both countries of one-time exchange and mobility projects between operational players:
- Promote exchanges (three months and over) between young people at risk
- Promote exchanges (three months and over) between educators working with young people at risk
- Promote exchanges between social workers in both countries
- Promote exchanges between government agencies
- Promote exchanges between non-governmental agencies
- Promote mobility and exchanges between networks of operational players
- Promote multilateral mobility among Canada, France and other European or French-language countries.

WORKSHOP 5: Canada and Europe

In general, the flow of students in both directions has greatly decreased over the last few years. A possibly related decline has also been observed among teachers and professors. The participants identified a number of reasons for Canadians’ lack of interest in studying in France, including:
- a very realistic awareness on the part of Canadians about the nature of living arrangements in France, which involve lodging/accommodation that is not up to the standards to which Canadians are accustomed;
- the absence of “mentoring" or support for their study paths in terms of availability, facility, ease and perhaps in general the friendly relations they are used to.

WORKSHOP 6: Young People Speak Out

The workshop participants drew up specific recommendations to promote youth participation in exchange programs:
- Create a single-window Internet site for participants who wish to do an internship or study in the other country in order to standardize information on the opportunities and necessary steps;
-Reduce administrative requirements under the Agreement in regard to issuing visas;
- Tailor promotion of the Agreement to the age group being targeted: the strategy for attracting 18-year-olds may differ from that aimed at 35-year-old professionals;
- Raise awareness among cooperation agencies and associations so they can play a key role in matching young people with employers;
- Make workshop participants’ contact information available in order to build solid, lasting networks between the representatives from the two countries.

Copies of all of the morning’s presentations, as well a detailed description of the Agreement have been posted on this site.