EU Budget: A Reform Support Programme and an Investment Stabilisation Function to strengthen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to create a Reform Support Programme and a European Investment Stabilisation Function. Both proposals are part of the broader agenda to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union and make use of the EU budget […]

EYE to kick off on Friday: 8000+ young people discussing the future of Europe 1 – 2 June

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. One year ahead of the European elections, young people from all over the EU and beyond will set their priorities for Europe’s future. The third edition of the European Youth Event (EYE2018) will see a record number of more than 8000 participants engage in […]

Medical Education is #NotATarget

Endorsed content The attacks on healthcare are a shocking reality of ongoing violent conflicts. Healthcare workers are being attacked, kidnapped, and killed. Healthcare facilities are damaged, looted, and bombed. The right to health is not upheld – populations suffering from the consequences of armed conflicts are not able to access the much needed services. In […]

EU Youth Goals – we are shapers not listeners

Young people have a lot to say and are ready to shape the future of Europe. This was demonstrated this week at the EU Youth Conference in Sofia, a 3 day event hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It brought together around 250 young people and decision-makers including the EU […]

Joint advocacy letter template to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Endorsed content The below is a press release of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) and IPPNW Students. We live in one of the most fragile eras since the end of the Cold War. With rising political tension and sharp nuclear rhetorics, the world faces several challenges in its approach to the world’s nuclear […]

Congrats to the #FutureofMalta: a new age of voting

   The future of young generations in Malta was voted on today, with a positive outcome for youth rights. From now on in Malta, 16 and 17 year olds will have the right to have their voice counted.    Malta is now the second country in the EU to legally lower the voting age in […]

Young people demand a transparent job market: new campaign launches on international interns day

Starting from 9th November, the day before International Interns Day, all young people will be able to rate their first working experiences on Transparency at Work – a ‘TripAdvisor’ for quality jobs. More than ever, young people have to overcome an increasingly long and hard journey to enter the labour market. It is estimated that […]

Time to be welcome: Youth work and integration of young refugees

On World Refugee Day 2017, we believe that the time is now for Europe to stand together and welcome the integration of refugees. Today, the European Youth Forum and the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, with support from the partnership in the field of youth between the European Union and the Council of Europe […]

What we need for a better European Solidarity Corps

The European Youth Forum welcomes the launch of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) putting the spotlight on the value of volunteering and young people’s contribution to society. However, following the European Commission’s announcement today of the proposed legal basis of the ESC, key concerns and priorities put forward by the Youth Forum and its Members […]

Young people meet in Malta to shape the future of Europe

On 15 and 16 May, youth and youth ministry representatives from all across the EU met in Malta, following the invitation of the Maltese Presidency and the Deputy Prime Minister, Louis Grech, to discuss the future of the European project beyond the youth field. As part of the discussions on the future of Europe, initiated […]

Belgium: Youth Forum takes legal step to ban unpaid internships

In a milestone in the fight against unpaid internships, today (12th May) the European Youth Forum lodges a legal complaint on the issue of unpaid internships in Belgium. The complaint aims to challenge and ultimately change Belgian legislation, seeking a legal decision that will set a precedent across Europe and beyond to make this unfair […]

The Europe we want: Just, Sustainable, Democratic and Inclusive

Endorsed Content As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, we have a momentous opportunity to take stock of how far Europe has come – and how far we still have to go in order to offer a sustainable and prosperous future to everyone in Europe. It is an opportunity that we […]

Commission’s Youth Initiative fails first hurdle by not sufficiently consulting young people

The European Commission has today launched its new flagship initiative “Investing in Europe’s Youth”. Whilst the European Youth Forum welcomes action on young people’s issues at such a high level, we believe it would have benefitted from further engagement and consultation with youth organisations. One of the main parts of the new initiative, “Investing in […]

European Youth Capital 2019 announced: Novi Sad, Serbia

The European Youth Forum announced last night (16th November) that the European Youth Capital for 2019 is to be the city of Novi Sad, in Serbia.  An independent, high-level jury, convened by the European Youth Forum, chose Novi Sad from a shortlist of five finalist cities for the EYC (European Youth Capital) 2019 title. Through […]

Youth Guarantee putting young people in jobs

The EU scheme to get young people into work or training within four months, the Youth Guarantee, is starting to reap rewards for young people across Europe. According to a report released today by the European Commission, 9 million young people have taken up an offer of a job or further training through the scheme. […]

The Council of Europe adopts Recommendation on young people’s access to rights

In a big step for youth rights, Ministers of the Council of Europe yesterday adopted a Recommendation on Young People’s Access to Rights. The European Youth Forum calls on Member States to now act on this and give young people full access to their rights so that they can live the kind of independent lives, […]

Unanswered questions for Europe’s youth in President Juncker’s State of Union

Whilst highlighting the plight of young people in his State of the Union speech, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker left many questions unanswered after his welcome statement that he cannot accept Europe as the continent of youth unemployment. His good words are at odds with the subsequent announcement of an effective cut in […]

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at stake. This is about the future of our society and how we want to be viewed by the wider world. The future of our planet and the k ind of Europe our children will grow up in. The current […]

UN Human Rights Council resolution on youth and human rights: a step forward for youth rights

UN Human Rights Council resolution on youth and human rights : a step forward for youth rights Yesterday (30th June) the Human Rights Council of the United Nations adopted a resolution on Youth and Human Rights, which emphasises the importance of young people’s political participation and calls for a panel on youth and human rights in […]

Campaign kicks off with High-level Event on #FairInternships

With a conference on Fair Internships, the European Parliament Youth Intergroup, the European Parliament Stagiaires Association (EPSA) and EU Interns 4 Interns launched a joint campaign to end unfair internships. The European Youth Forum welcomes the initiative and takes a strong stance on offering quality internships. Unpaid internships are widespread in Brussels. For many however […]

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will impact young people’s future the most

The European Youth Forum is disappointed by the British people’s decision to leave the European Union, which may block its young people from many of the advantages – such as the freedom to work, study and volunteer around Europe – that membership brings. It adds insult to injury that the group that this decision will […]

New skills agenda for Europe needs real investment

The European Youth Forum welcomes the European Commission’s New Skills Agenda for Europe and calls on member states to invest in young people’s skills in order to help tackle youth unemployment and social exclusion and ensure that no one, including young migrants, is left behind. In a fast-paced, changing society, young people today require a […]

Vulnerable young people must not be blamed & stigmatised for violent radicalisation

The European Youth Forum welcomes the adoption of the Council Conclusions on “the role of the youth sector in an integrated and cross-sectoral approach to preventing and combating violent radicalization”. It calls, however, for wider society and different sectors to jointly tackle this issue, in order to avoid blaming and stigmatising vulnerable young people. To […]

European welfare states are failing young people

In a report published last Saturday, the European Youth Forum highlights that the European social model is no longer protecting young people,  with young people now at higher risk of social exclusion and poverty1. It finds that European welfare states are outdated, not addressing the new forms of exclusion and insecurity that young people are […]

YO!Fest back in Strasbourg for the 2nd edition of the European Youth Event – 20-21 May 2016

YO!Fest, taking place on 20th and 21st May, will see 7,500 young people debating with each other and politicians how to change Europe for the better. As a prominent part of the European Youth Event (EYE2016), YO!Fest will feature political debates, interactive activities and live music at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The 7th edition […]

Yes, together we can make a change! YO!Fest and EYE 2016

    Guest article written by Salome Modebadze, a YO! Mag correspondent for YO! Fest and the European Youth Event. Are you between 16-30? Do you believe you have the power to change the world for the better? Do you think your power to make a positive change is being underestimated? If yes, follow me […]

MEPs and European Youth Forum call on EU to Invest in Youth

The European Youth Forum has today called on the European Union to invest in its future and to invest in youth. In an event at the European Parliament, “the Youth Voice in the EU Budget”, hosted jointly with the Youth Intergroup, youth organisations and young people made clear to decision makers the importance of prioritising […]

More solidarity and interaction between generations needed to challenge age stereotypes and ingrained ageism

On the eve of the 8th European Day of Solidarity between Generations, celebrated on 29 April, many disadvantages and obstacles still prevent the equal participation of the young and the older generations across the European Union. To mark that EU Day, the European Parliament Intergroup on Active Ageing, Intergenerational Solidarity and Family policies, AGE Platform Europe […]

European Youth Forum celebrates 20 years of fighting for youth rights

The European Youth Forum is, this year, celebrating its 20th anniversary and in a major high-level event yesterday evening (14th April) featuring European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen and Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics it called on the EU to invest in its future and to invest in young people. […]

EU Youth Conference in Amsterdam: enabling young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe

Sponsored Content Amsterdam, 7 April 2016 // The Dutch Presidency of the Council, together with the Dutch National Youth Council, the European Commission and the European Youth Forum hosted the EU Youth Conference in Amsterdam on 4-7 April, bringing youth delegates and policy makers to the same table to discuss youth issues. This EU Youth […]

European Youth calls on European Council for urgent action on “humanitarian crisis” and questions the EU/Turkey deal respect of human rights

Ahead of this week’s European Council on the migration crisis, the European Youth Forum in an open letter to President Tusk and all EU Heads of States or Governments has expressed its deep concern with the proposals made on 7th March under a deal between the European Union and Turkey in order to tackle the […]

On Human Rights Day European Youth Forum calls for end to discrimination of young people

In an in-depth survey published today, the European Youth Forum has revealed more than three-quarters of young people feel disciminated against, mostly (34.5%) because of their gender, but also (29%) because of simply being young[1]. To mark Human Rights Day, the Youth Forum calls for an end to age-based discrimination and for young people to […]

European Youth Forum demands immediate action & binding agreement on climate change

At its Council of Members meeting, taking place this weekend in Madrid, the European Youth Forum’s member organisations have agreed a resolution, ahead of the upcoming global climate change negotiations in Paris (COP21) calling on governments to commit to immediate action and an ambitious and binding agreement to adequately mitigate and adapt to climate change […]