The future of Europe is uncertain in the face of global climate change, and the risks of socio-economic instability this will bring. In order for European institutions to uphold their moral responsibility to represent what matters to young people, they must make the political choices to build a low carbon European economy, write Louisa Casson and Camilla Born.
The European Parliament is launching its European Youth Event 2014, where it will open its doors to thousands of young Europeans to exchange ideas for a better and more youth-oriented Europe shortly before the European elections in May next year.
Learn more at: www.europarl.europa.eu/eye2014
Young people must be given a fair share of the budget of the European Union as they have the right to real investments, not just nice words. The proposed budgets for youth programmes are not enough, writes Peter Matjaši?.
Youth unemployment is still seen as a national problem and a responsibility for the member states. This is also the problem of the EU's proposed youth guarantee scheme which will be discussed by the social affairs ministers on Thursday (28 February), argue Ska Keller and Terry Reintke.
A stakeholder workshop organized by Fondation EURACTIV to explore issues surrounding the protection of young people in the policy debate.
Participants were asked to contribute to a range of ideas designed not to answer all the questions relating to youth and health policies, but to provide a blueprint for how such issues can be addressed in the future. Such issues include:
Can an age be defined when a young person is no longer "vulnerable"?
What is the best long-term approach: regulation and protection or education and empowerment?
As Europe faces its highest unemployment rate in more than two decades -- and hitting today's young adults particularly hard -- StartUp Europe is being established to stem the current "brain drain" of talent from the region and empower youth, technology and entrepreneurship.
StartUp Europe is a centre of excellence to develop and support entrepreneurship and drive job creation in Europe and is a collaboration between Telefónica and the Lisbon Council - the Brussels-based think tank.
In Europe, a deteriorating youth marginalization is creating the preconditions for a social earthquake capable of shaking the old continent and impairing the survival of the Euro, writes Edoardo Campanella, economic adviser at the Italian Senate.
To reduce youth unemployment, training and education might not be enough, turning young people into entrepreneurs is the solution, Peter Matjaši?, president of the European Youth Forum, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Despite a modest decline in unemployment since late 2009 in developed countries, the number of people unemployed for over a year is continuing to rise, according to a report published yesterday (15 September) by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The EU should reduce its carbon emissions by 30% by 2020 and complete its transition to a low-carbon economy, argue young environmental campaigners from 'Push Europe', demanding an inheritance that is "clean, safe and equitable".
Ninety-five percent of participants in the EU's 'Youth in Action' programme improve their language skills, while two-thirds (66%) believe the experience boosted their job prospects, according to a survey of the scheme's effectiveness published last week.
Today's European young people are "the precarious generation" suffering from the crisis of the welfare state, "passively boomeranging back to their parents' homes once they have run out of options and motivation," write the European Policy Centre's Joana Cruz and Judith Poultney ahead of the launch today (9 July) of a new EPC publication, 'Young Voices Europe'.
Meeting in Luxembourg on 9 June, European labour ministers called on the Commission and national governments to accelerate measures to increase the proportion of people aged 24 and under who hold a regular job.
An EU project on the health of European adolescents reveals that merely 15% of young people eat enough fruit and vegetables, while half of all teenagers get more than a third of their daily energy intake from fat.
The 27 EU directors-general for youth, MEPs and young people alike are calling for urgent changes in youth, education and economic policies as every fifth young European lives on the poverty line and youth unemployment has reached 38%.
A World Health Organisation (WHO) report displays a widening East-West gap in children's health and identifies poverty and socioeconomic inequality as the greatest threats to children's health in Europe.
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.
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