Youth policy in Europe not delivering for young people

logo__European_Youth_Forum___The European Youth Forum has today published an in-depth report, based on analysis from youth organisations all over Europe, which sheds bleak light on the state of youth policy in Europe. Youth policy is not yet fulfilling its potential to address the huge issues that young people face, such as unemployment and social marginalisation.

The report, which includes the findings of 38 National Youth Councils and International Non Governmental Youth Organisations, illustrates that whilst youth policy has been a key tool to improve the lives of Europe’s young people in the past, young people still remain the group at greatest risk of poverty and social exclusion. Youth policy must address such key issues in order to ensure that young people are not marginalised and that their untapped potential is realised.

The Youth Forum’s report reacts to and complements the EU Youth Report 2015, presented by the European Commission, which will be adopted as a Joint Report by Council of the EU on the 23 November. Unfortunately it did not thoroughly consult[1] with young people; the Youth Forum’s report aims to ensure that the voice of youth is heard about the policies that impact them.

Today’s report finds that the EU Work Plan on Youth has not brought about better coordination or made youth a priority of Europe 2020. And, because of lack of targets and benchmarking, it is very difficult to know what difference it has actually made.

The shadow report also examines in detail youth policy at the national level and the involvement of youth organisations in its implementation and finds that:

  • 40% of National Youth Councils rate the quality of internships in their country as low. Good quality internships and entrepreneurship education are seen as key ways to support young people’s transition from education to employment.
  • Further work must be done to successfully implement the Youth Guarantee in all Member States.
  • Non-formal education is still mostly ignored by formal education providers, such as schools and universities. As well as free access to formal education for all, there should be more interaction between the formal and non-formal sectors.
  • Youth policy should avoid targeting certain groups, as this risks stigmatising them and excluding others.
  • Youth organisations bridge the gap between politics and reality and have a positive influence on young people, for example 92% of National Youth Councils help young people to develop skills that are useful for employers.
  • However, youth organisations are not sufficiently and systematically involved in youth policy-making, with almost three-quarters of youth organisations (72%) not feeling valued by public authorities.

Luis Alvarado Martinez, Vice President of the European Youth Forum, comments:

“Young people are growing up in an ever-changing society. They need to be given the resources to prosper and to release their potential. Beyond ensuring basic rights, such as education and good quality employment, youth policy must adapt to the changing environment, including migration and an ageing society.

“Youth policy has great potential to improve the lives of young people, but only when it coordinates well with other policy areas and young people and youth organsiations are integrally involved in such policy making.”

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Why Eurozone can afford spending for growth

EU-US ties to break over Iran; Democrats’ electoral win may not change it

EU to spend €6 billion on youth employment and training futile schemes

“Access denied”: the Greek health system under pressure

MWC 2016 LIVE: Ericsson/Cisco partnership on track, insist execs

Does the world have strong enough institutions to handle risks like Trump and Brexit?

Second Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing: impact on privacy, voting and trust

Eurozone: Disinflation engulfs the industrial goods sector

How Abu Dhabi found a way to grow vegetables in 40-degree heat

EU prepares a banking union amidst financial ruins

Central Asia bloc has important role in ‘peace, stability and prosperity’ beyond region, says Deputy UN chief

Refugee crisis update: EU seeks now close cooperation with Africa while Schulz is shocked to witness live one single wreck full of immigrants

Cyber defence: MEPs call for better European cooperation

Greece to stay in the euro area but the cost to its people remains elusive

EU Budget: InvestEU Programme to support jobs, growth and innovation in Europe

Trust is at breaking point. It’s time to rebuild it

EntEx Organises 5 Summer Schools for Young Entrepreneurs across Europe in June/July 2014

‘Stop and listen’ to victims of terrorism, UN chief urges in message marking international day

China, forever new adventures

The ECB proposes a swift solution for SMEs’ financing

We need to change the fast fashion model. Here’s how

UN chief commends African Union on adoption of institutional reforms

Long-term EU budget: MEPs lay down funding priorities for post-2020 budget

Sanctions on Russia to be the biggest unity test at this European Council

Unemployment and exclusion brings EU cities to boiling point

UN chief applauds Bangladesh for ‘opening borders’ to Rohingya refugees in need

“What a Wonderful World”: the unsettled relationship between Climate Change and Human Health

Trade Committee advocates lower tariffs in Western Sahara

Why impoverishment and social exclusion grow in the EU; the affluent north also suffers

Civil society organisations disenchanted with “Youth Guarantee”

It’s down to cities to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2030

Can the Americans alone determine the future of Syria?

Income inequality threatens the socio-political structures in developed countries

Continue ‘their mission’ urges UN chief, as the victims of the Baghdad bombing are remembered, 15 years on

OECD Secretary-General Gurría welcomes announcement of new trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada

How to rebuild trust and integrity in South Africa

Telecommunications and Internet: A Jungle with no principles?

European Youth Forum and youngest MEPs call on President Juncker to keep his promise to Europe’s youth

China repels EU allegations of export subsidies

It’s time to ditch our obsession with trade deficits. Here’s why

The European Council takes more measures to stem illegal migration

This is the world’s biggest mental health problem – and you might not have heard of it

The time for cities to get smart is now

Terror attacks strike people ‘from all walks of life, the UN included’

The Parliament accuses core EU countries of exploiting their dominant political position

Access to health in the developped and developing world

Parliament and Council agree drastic cuts to plastic pollution of environment

A young student discusses the determinants of migration in the European Union

Italy’s populist government appears determined to drive EU economy and markets into recession

Banks get trillions and the unemployed ECB’s love…

3 important lessons from 20 years of working with social entrepreneurs

Trade, taxes and other takeaways from Li Keqiang’s speech to the World Economic Forum

Iraq: Security Council told ‘despair’ has ‘given way to hope’ but road to stability ‘long and far from easy’

Two States ‘side-by-side’ is the ‘peaceful and just solution’ for Israel-Palestine conflict: Guterres

Bid to raise $5.5 billion for millions of Syrians and their host communities

Real EU unemployment rate at 10.2%+4.1%+4.7%: Eurostat Update

EP Group leaders on Brexit: “the agreement is not open to renegotiation”

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: Cameron corroborates that Britain should remain in the EU

There is a forgotten solution to climate change that we must invest in – nature

LED lights could stop turtles and birds from drowning in fishing nets

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s