The European Sting’s 2018 in most critical review

“This is the EU & the world in 2018 as we stung it and you read the most”, The Sting’s Team addresses its fondest 2019 wishes to our most powerful reader, You. January Trump reshapes the Middle East at the expense of Europe Will the end of QE come along with ECB’s inflation target? Hungary and Ireland […]

Young people are not a nameless, faceless mass. So why do we treat them as such?

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Aleksander Dardeli, Executive Vice President, IREX Global development assistance has something in common with current societal movements: both are heavily focused on youth. Typically, emphasis falls on the potential of the youth boom to either fuel historic prosperity […]

8000 young people in the EP in Strasbourg: “a breath of fresh air for EU democracy”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. At the end of the European Youth Event (EYE), hundreds of ideas emerge on building a better Europe and the determination to make the campaign count. The Vice-President of the European Parliament Ramón Valcárcel (EPP, ES) and Rainer Wieland (EPP, DE) officially brought to […]

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 […]

Vote at 16 in Malta: next stop Europe

European Youth Insights is a platform provided by the European Youth Forum and the European Sting, to allow young people to air their views on issues that matter to them. The following article is written by Mr Luis Alvarado Martinez,  President of the European Youth Forum, the biggest umbrella youth organisation in Europe and the world. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

European Youth Event 2016 – bridge between youth and policy makers

  Guest article by Ioana Petrescu, YO! Mag correspondent for YO! Fest and the European Youth Event. In a continuously changing world, communication seems to be ever more important. It is in this context that the European Parliament, together with the Youth Forum, is organising the second edition of the European Youth Event in Strasbourg, […]

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 […]

A new way to teach active citizenship to students?

European Youth Insights is a platform provided by the European Youth Forum and the European Sting, to allow young people to air their views on issues that matter to them. The following entry is written by Arif Shala,  doctoral student at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany. UniCafe, is a new approach in teaching active citizenship. It […]

Presidents of pan-European youth organisations call upon the European Council to preserve the Schengen principles

Dear President Tusk, We are writing to you today as representatives of eleven pan-European youth organisations – representing millions of young people across Europe – because we are seriously worried about the future of the Schengen Area. Open borders are one of Europe’s greatest milestones – we want to keep it that way. The increased […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Youth voice must be heard in climate change negotiations!”, Bérénice Jond Board Member of European Youth Forum demands from Brussels

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Bérénice Jond, Board Member of the European Youth Forum. We are standing on the edge of the precipice, looking down at a situation which we do not want witness. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sounds rather […]

European Youth Capital 2018 : Cascais

The European Youth Forum announced last night (26th November) the city awarded the title of European Youth Capital for 2018 as Cascais, in Portugal. An independent, high-level jury gave the award based on an application from Cascais, which truly celebrates young people and combines the global and local dimensions, under its theme for the year […]