During the opening ceremony of the Youth Information One-Stop-Shop, the European Youth Information Charter was signed by Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport, Stefan Buontempo, in the presence of Davide Capecchi, director of ERYICA (European Youth Information and Councelling Agency), and chief executive of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Miriam Teuma.
Youth Information is about empowering youth, as information is a precondition for their participation in society. So Youth Information has become a special area of youth work supporting young people in becoming independent citizens by giving them access to comprehensive and acurate information on which to base their autonomous decisions.
ERYICA is an independent European organisation composed of national youth information co-ordination bodies and networks that seeks to develop, support and promote quality youth information policy and practice in meeting the information needs of young people in line with principles of the European Youth Information Charter.
Generalist youth information work covers all topics that interest young people, and can include a spectrum of activities: informing, counselling, advising, guiding, supporting, befriending, coaching and training, networking, and referral to specialised services. These activities may be delivered by youth information centres, or through youth information services in other structures, or using electronic and other media. The principles of this Charter are intended to apply to all forms of generalist youth information work. They constitute a basis for minimum standards and quality measures which should be established in each country as elements of a comprehensive, coherent and co-ordinated approach to youth information work, which is a part of youth policy.