Europe’s bid to lead the digital and advanced technology trend will be lost if the EU and national governments don’t take steps to make skills development in digitisation their priority. Digital skills need to be conveyed at all levels and in all forms of education to ensure Europe’s global position, writes Martina Dlabajová.
The European Commission reserves the right to approve the final financial report and to audit the expenses of an EU-funded youth conference that took place in Sofia on 17-19 April, a Commission official who asked not to be named told EURACTIV.
Representatives of the European Youth Forum have expressed outrage at the way the EU Bulgarian Presidency organised an EU-sponsored youth event in Sofia last week, pointing out a perfunctory approach, mismanagement and inappropriate behaviour on the part of government officials.
We need a reality check. Some in Europe may be celebrating the slow but steady rise in employment rates and economic growth. But young people have very little to celebrate, writes Luis Alvarado Martinez.
Young Europeans do not need short-term, tokenistic initiatives but long lasting and sustainable solutions that make a real impact, and these need to be developed with input from Europe's youth, who have the potential to be the driving force of its future, writes Anna Widegren.
“Young people are the future!” - isn’t that a no-brainer! When meeting politicians, we often find them paying lip service to this mantra. But if you tell someone that they are the future, doesn’t it simply mean you are putting them off, Luis Alvarado asks.
The Juncker Investment Plan offers a huge economic opportunity for the EU. If MEPs put their political differences aside and make the right decisions, it could help lift millions of young Europeans out of unemployment, writes Allan Päll.
Young people deserve a better situation than either being unemployment or accepting unpaid internships, says Johanna Nyman?. The inadequate response of the EU and national governments threaten to turn Europe's youth into a lost generation, she argues.
Poor quality, unpaid internships are a big issue across Europe: rather than being a valuable learning experience and stepping stone, they are modern day slave labour in all too many cases, writes Giuseppe Porcaro.
Online participation is regarded as the silver bullet to catch voters’ interest at the next European election. But will online tools shift the power to the people? Parties and civil society should work to get enough information 'out there', argues Giuseppe Porcaro.
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?.
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.
To reduce youth unemployment, training and education might not be enough, Peter Matjaši?, president of the European Youth Forum, told EURACTIV in an interview. Turning young people into entrepreneurs could be the solution, he said.