Tartu City Youth Council elections will be held for the first time from 16–18 January 2019, in Tartu.
The Youth Council is a participatory body with the right to make suggestions operating alongside the City Council, which represent the interests of the youth of Tartu. The Youth Council is comprised of 15 members who are elected for a term of one year.
The right to stand for election and be elected to the Youth Council belongs to a young person whose place of residence according to the population register is the City of Tartu and who is 14–20 years of age at the time of the election.
The bases for the functioning of the Tartu City Youth Council, approved by the Tartu City Council, can be found here.
The Youth Council is elected by a public vote held in the VOLIS environment (in a manner similar to the voting for the Participative Budget). In order to be able to practice your right to vote and check the validity of your passwords, you can participate in the test vote taking place from 15 October – 15 November in the VOLIS environment.
Timeline of the founding of the Tartu City Youth Council
- As of April 2017 discussions;
- 12 January 2018 – meeting with the Chairman of the City Council;
- Starting in April 2018, the work group began to prepare the legislation;
- 25 April 2018 – public seminar, which was opened by the Chairman of the City Council;
- 11 October 2018 – legislation in the Tartu City Council;
- 20 September - 08 November 2018 – introductory seminars in upper secondary schools and youth centres;
- 15 October – 15 November – ID-card campaign;
- 07–08 December 2018 – training for those interested in standing for election;
- 9 January 2019 – deadline for submitting candidacy applications to the election committee;
- 16–18 January 2019 – first democratic election of the Tartu City Youth Council;
- 1–2 February 2019 – orientation training for City Youth Council members;
- February 2019 – first session of the Tartu City Youth Council.