Democracy is broken, but when leaders like Frans Timmermans blame people who do not participate in a system they view as outdated and obsolete, they only help create a generation of disillusioned young people, writes Joahnna Nyman on International Youth Day.
Some 26 million children and young people in Europe are threatened by poverty or social exclusion after years of economic crisis, according to a new study by the Bertelsmann Foundation, which gave Greece the worst marks in the entire EU.
SPECIAL REPORT / While it can be tough being unemployed, putting individuals at risk of poverty, the situation can be even worse for vulnerable youngsters who can sink into depression and homelessness.
SPECIAL REPORT / In some EU countries, up to one-third of young people aged 18-25 are overqualified for their jobs, a new research project has revealed. Many of them are highly educated and multilingual, with university degrees, who are taking on low-paid jobs to avoid unemployment.
In an effort to tackle youth political absenteeism, the European Commission is partnering with youth organisations to find ways to reach the young people ‘out of the system’. EURACTIV reports from Riga.
The European Commission is proposing to make €1 billion from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) available earlier and increase the pre-financing rate by up to 30 times for eligible member states in order to boost youth employment.
In 2015 – the European Year for Development – it is our responsibility as European politicians to make sure that the European Union and all EU member states ensure that gender equality, the rights of young people - especially girls - are central to discussions that will craft the new global agenda, write Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP (EPP, Finland) and Marie Arena MEP (S&D, Belgium).
In an attempt to bridge cultural differences and break down national stereotypes among young people, Berlin and Athens have decided to establish a Greek-German Youth Institute. EURACTIV Greece reports from Germany.
91 MEPs under the age of 40 were elected to the European Parliament at the May EU elections. Although their number is slightly lower than during the previous legislature, young MEPs “would still represent the third largest political group in the European Parliament,” according to Adam Mouchtar, managing director of the EU40 project.
More than 5,000 young European came together last weekend in Strasbourg to discuss participation in the next EU elections, and issues important to youth, such as unemployment, education and the future of Europe. An event that top EU officials declined to attend.
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.