Youth & Politics

Politics 29-09-2021

Youth organisations want ‘more than just a seat in the room’ in talks on Europe’s future

European youth should participate in political discussions, specifically on reforming democratic processes and not just on traditional topics like education, European Youth Forum President Silja Markkula told EURACTIV.
Politics 16-09-2021

ALMA, the EU’s new programme to help young people find work abroad

The pandemic has deepened the unemployment crisis among young people, especially in Europe's south. A new work placement scheme is now meant to counter youth unemployment across the bloc, the European Commission has said.
Economy & Jobs 05-07-2021

Youth will hold EU lawmakers responsible if reopening botched

European youth are in urgent need of targeted economic and mental health support to help them weather the long-term recovery from the pandemic, business and civil society representatives told a recent EURACTIV event.
Politics 01-06-2021

Special Edition: EU youth speaks up ahead of post-pandemic jungle

EURACTIV spoke to a number of young people in several EU countries who suggested ideas to avoid a post-pandemic youth crisis.
Digital & Media 12-04-2021

French politicians turn to Twitch in hope of connecting with youth

French Prime Minister Jean Castex and former president François Hollande are among a number of French politicians to broadcast live interviews on Twitch in recent months, with the video streaming platform being seen as a way to reconnect with disaffected youth. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2021

European recovery sidelines the young generation

Despite being the most affected group by the coronavirus-induced crisis, young Europeans feel increasingly left out from plans for post-pandemic recovery. Experts call for targeted measures to support them and ensure a quick implementation of the EU’s Youth Guarantee at the national level.
Railways 18-02-2021

EU to offer young people free Interrail passes for 2022

The European Union will gift 60,000 young people a chance to explore Europe by train in 2022, as the ‘DiscoverEU’ programme relaunches following its pandemic-driven hiatus.
Politics 12-02-2021

Greece passes controversial university surveillance law

With the support of the right-wing populist Greek Solution party, the ruling conservative New Democracy party (EPP) passed a law on 11 February establishing a special police force for the surveillance of universities.
Digital skills 11-02-2021

EU40 president: Basic digital skills have to become mainstream across Europe

As digital skills have become essential in the labour market, especially for young people, there is an increased urgency to tackle the inequalities of the digital divide caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers have said.
Politics 10-02-2021

Porto EU social summit expected to focus on youth

The European Commission wants to promote a "strong social dimension" at the May summit in Porto, as part of the Portuguese EU Council presidency, advocating a focus on young people who are facing a "difficult period" due to the COVID-19 crisis​​​​​​​.
Politics 19-11-2020

How young people in Belarus have become the drivers of the protests

For more than 100 days, Belarusian pro-democracy protesters have been rallying in the streets against President Alexander Lukashenko, following rigged national elections and violence against peaceful demonstrators. While some older people, particularly women, have also taken to the streets, young people have been at the forefront of the protests.
Politics 17-11-2020

COVID-19: Europe’s youth call on politicians to stop looking for scapegoats

Europe’s youth have called on EU leaders to stop putting the blame on them for the second wave of the pandemic.
Politics 22-10-2020

EU lawmakers call for measures to close digital gap in education deepened by COVID-19

EU lawmakers called on the member states on Thursday (22 October) to increase efforts to close the digital gap in education across the bloc, which has been deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Politics 16-10-2020

Erasmus celebrated worldwide as MEPs push for more funding

As Europe celebrates its flagship educational mobility programme, lawmakers in the European Parliament are fighting to increase the budget for what is widely regarded as one of the EU's greatest achievements.
Politics 12-10-2020

European Parliament calls for ban on unpaid internships

With youth unemployment on the rise across the EU, and aggravated further by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU lawmakers called upon the European Commission and member states last week to increase their support for young people in precarious working conditions.
Economy & Jobs 22-05-2020

Helping disengaged young people in times of pandemic

A European-wide project was supporting young disengaged when the COVID-19 outbreak started. EURACTIV has spoken to the organizers about how they adapted to challenging circumstances. 
Economy & Jobs 17-04-2020

Erasmus students in limbo about losing grants from COVID lockdown

Some 65% of the students who are in Erasmus exchange programmes but subject to confinement measures do not yet know if they will keep or return the grant that was disbursed for their studies, while 7% said they will not get any, according to a report by the Erasmus Students Network (ESN).
Economy & Jobs 02-07-2019

To promote social cohesion, conflicts need to be part of the debate

Community and belonging - what do these terms mean in an increasingly diverse and identity-focused world? At the Young Europeans' Forum 2019 that took place in Berlin in June, young people discussed what makes a good society and how social cohesion can be promoted at an individual level. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 18-04-2018

Inspiring new forms of debate to boost participatory democracy in Europe

The new president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Luca Jahier, intends to promote a new culture of dialogue around sustainable development, culture, peace and youth, in order to bring citizens closer to the European project.
Elections 16-03-2018

Trans-Europe Express – Smells like teen spirit

Getting young people out to vote has frustrated national politicians across Europe for a generation.
Brexit 16-03-2018

‘We don’t want Brexit to be the flat burger’, campaign says

Brexit has been compared to many things, but the idea of being sold a big juicy burger and ending up with a flat, badly made one is a novelty.
Brexit 07-03-2018

Never mind ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, Brexit must not be brutal on youth

Never mind ‘hard’ or ‘soft’, an Italian MEP has warned against a ‘brutal’ Brexit.
Elections 19-01-2018

Set voting age at 16 to renew EU, says Davos report

The voting age for next year’s European elections should be lowered to 16 as part of a suite of reforms to revitalise the European project.
Climate change 08-06-2017

European Development Days focus on private sector

The ‘European Development Days’, often called ‘the Davos of Development’ opened yesterday (7 June) in Brussels, with many of the VIP speakers stressing that in a difficult international context, the public sector cannot go it alone and therefore the role of the private sector is key.

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The European Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society and improve their lives by representing their interests towards the European Institutions, the Council of Europe, the United Nations, and other partners active in the youth field. The European Youth Forum is the platform organisation advocating for youth rights in Europe. It is made up of over 100 National Youth Councils and international youth NGOs from across Europe.