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 […]

An entrepreneurial point-of view on tackling the migration crisis and the risks of abolishing Schengen

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mrs Kassandra Petersen, Vice-President of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). Being the Head of Public Affairs of a European Confederation of Junior Enterprises and being out at major events in Brussels, has not been easy in the last months. Whenever the question regarding my nationality […]

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 […]

Creating shared value: an opportunity and challenge for entrepreneurship

Exclusively written for the Sting by Edoardo Gauzolino, Vice President of Junior Enterprise Bergamo (JEBG) Nowadays Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is accepted by firms as something that has to be done, although most entrepreneurs consider it as a philanthropic action or as an ethical behaviour. Separated from profit maximization, CSR programs focus mainly on reputation and […]

Far from a healthy Health Workforce: lack of workforce planning leaves our citizens without access to proper care

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Stijntje Dijk, Liaison Officer for Medical Education issues at the International Federation of Medical  Students’ Associations (IFMSA). We write to you today as the representatives of medical students worldwide to express our deep concern for the access to healthcare as well as the wellbeing of […]

Entrepreneurship’s key to success showcased by a serial young entrepreneur

Exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Mohammed Rahman, a serial young entrepreneur affiliated with the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). As a 24-year-old European youth with a degree, one should be working within a major company, grasping the knowledge and experience to attain a “strong” career and “healthy” bank account prior to then maybe venture […]

Young students envision turning Europe into an Entrepreneurial Society

The article was exclusively co-authored for the Sting by Daniela Runchi, President and Carolinne Bernadeli, Global Public Affairs Senior Project Manager of JADE, the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises  Turning Europe into an Entrepreneurial Society Promoting Entrepreneurship in Europe, and turning Europe itself into an Entrepreneurial society is one of the priorities of the European Commission […]

JADE Generations Club 2015: Knowledge vs. competences – Do not wait for the change to happen, but make it happen

Written by Kassandra Petersen Vice-President-Director of Public Affairs Policy, Communication and Alumni Management Microsoft Innovation Center, Brussels: On the 20th of November JADE – European Confederation of Junior Enterprises, organised Generations Club 2015 in Brussels under the theme “An Intergenerational Action Plan on the Entrepreneurial Education & Skills Gap Challenge in Europe”. With this JADE […]

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 […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Junior Enterprises themselves carry out projects focusing on the environment”, JADE President Daniela Runchi highlights from Brussels

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Daniela Runchi, President of JADE Climate change is today one of the the hot topics not only for the institutions but also for the civil society and the youth: according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, “scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is […]

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 […]

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 […]

General Elections in Spain: Twitter organises the first digital debate to empower young people.

Sponsored Content Tomorrow (26th November), Twitter, with the support of the European Youth Forum and the Spanish Youth Council, will host the first digital debate in Spain focusing on young people and with the participation of the six leading political parties. https://twitter.com/TwitterSpain?lang=es  ¿Why a #DebateEn140? Twitter connects young people with politics. More than one million […]

Launch of Pact for Youth: European Youth Forum calls for real business engagement

Speaking today at the launch of the CSR Europe-initiated « Pact for Youth », European Youth Fourm President Johanna Nyman demanded that business and politicians engage in genuine, regular and open consultation with young people on solving the genuine issues highlighted by the Pact. The Pact for Youth is “a mutual engagement” between business and the European […]

Intergenerational, intercultural, interactive – The 2015 edition of JADE’s Generations Club: Transforming Europe into an entrepreneurial society

Written by Kassandra Petersen, Vice President – Director of Public Affairs Policy, Communication and Alumni Management Under the theme “An Intergenerational Action Plan on the Entrepreneurial Education & Skill Gap Challenge in Europe” JADE’s Generations Club will be presented on November 20th  in its 9th edition. Since the first edition of Generations Club in 2007, the […]

Young people all over the world come together to demand paid good quality internships

As thousands of young people come together across four continents to demand good quality, paid internships on the first ever International Interns Day, new data, released by the European Youth Forum reveals that for 60% of those that have done an internship, their internship was unpaid. For three-quarters of them it did not lead to […]

Youth policy in Europe not delivering for young people

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 […]

Politics needs to “Youth UP” in order the ensure the future of our democracies

The European Youth Forum and the League of Young Voters will today launch a new campaign, Youth UP, in order to help create a more inclusive politics and to combat the political inequality and marginalisation that young people face.  To coincide with today’s launch Youth UP has published in-depth research, Young People and Democratic Life in […]

Youth platforms call on German Government to break down legal barriers for young volunteers and pupils

Last Thursday, the German Youth Council, DNK, and the European Youth Forum call on Germany to allow young volunteers and pupils to be part of new proposed EU visa rules. The organisations are making this call, along with other German civil society and youth organisations, in a meeting with the Ministry of Interior in Germany. The […]

European Youth Forum welcomes adoption of Sustainable Development Goals and calls on European countries to not ignore them!

The member states of the United Nations have, at today’s Summit, adopted an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals. The European Youth Forum calls for UN member states, especially in Europe, to make sure that these goals are reached and not to abdicate their responsibility to ensuring a sustainable future for everyone. […]

EU Youth Conference concludes in Luxembourg with concrete plans on how to create real youth participation

Over 200 young people and policy makers from across Europe have this week agreed on a set of joint recommendations and on how to implement these in order to empower young people to participate politically. The EU Youth Conference (which took place in Luxembourg City from 21st to 24th September) on “empowering young people for political participation […]

“I believe that startups are for grown-up men, those, who have already achieved something “

Interview with Bartłomiej Gola. Bartłomiej Gola is the Managing Partner of SpeedUp Venture Capital Group. It‘s a venture capital company. They have four funds and invest in early stage tech startup. I started as an advertising guy. Right after finishing my studies, I worked as an account manager for a couple of agencies. After that, I and […]

EU Youth Report casts stark light on life for young Europeans

On the release of the EU Youth Report, the European Youth Forum calls for a coherent youth strategy and warns that more must be done in order to truly involve young people in their societies and in policy making. The Youth Report, published by the European Commission yesterday (15 September) illustrates the harsh reality for […]

European Youth Forum welcomes strong stance on human rights in State of the Union

The European Youth Forum applauds the strong stance taken by Jean-Claude Juncker on the refugee crisis during his State of the Union address today and his focus on human rights. The Youth Forum also welcomes the Commission’s new goal of full employment and the role of investment in this and looks forward to more concrete […]

On International Youth Day the European Youth Forum calls for true youth participation

As people around the world celebrate International Youth Day the European Youth Forum highlights examples of real youth participation and calls for leaders and policy makers to truly engage with young people in order to help them shape the future that they want. Today International Youth Day  (a United Nations-designated Day) celebrates “youth civic engagement”. The […]

European Youth cries out: Sustainable Development Goals ambitious, but lack focus on youth

The member states of the United Nations have this week agreed on ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, but youth has been neglected in the adopted document. The post-2015 outcome document was adopted on Monday after intense negotiations and plenary sessions at the UN headquarters in New York. The Heads of State and high-level representatives are expected to adopt […]

Finally an answer to the hottest question of European youth today: How to make sure Juncker’s Investment Plan works for youth

It was last month, on 25 June 2015, that the ETUC Youth Committee in collaboration with the European Youth Forum organised a rather stimulating conference at the European Economic and Social Committee called “Quality jobs creation for young people: what, how and when?” The Sting was there, attended the conference with interest and at the end made a […]

Young? You should work out the entrepreneurial heart before the mind

Written by Alexandru Ene, Vice President of JADE I believe young people nowadays are being deceived: they see success in the form of smart oligarchs or gifted dropouts from famous American universities, and they think that these people have had the same state of mind as ever: They were calculated, courageous, open minded and lucky. […]

Youth Entrepreneurship Issue of the month: JEN, organisers of JADE October Meeting, on why JEs should come together

There is a great debate around which are the most important incentives of entrepreneurship in general. JADE Network, unlike any other Junior Enterprise confederation in the world, is unique in country diversity and heterogeneous in regional development. According to recent studies, done by prestigious organisations like the Global Entrepreneurship Development Institute, show strong correlations between […]

Social inclusion: how much should young people hope from the EU? 

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 by Allan Päll, secretary general of the European Youth Forum. During the EPSCO Council today, Ministers discussed the social and employment aspects of […]

Youth Forum calls on Parliament to ease entry into Europe for young people

The European Youth Forum has called on the European Parliament and Member States to help young people to travel into Europe by reducing the barriers that they currently face, such as excessive visa fees, delays and extreme administrative requirements. The Youth Forum’s intervention at a hearing of the Parliament’s Civil liberties, Justice and Home Affairs […]

An EU first: youth Ministers debate youth participation in live broadcast

Yesterday, for the first time ever, the 28 EU Ministers responsible for youth met for a “High Level Policy Debate” to publicly discuss “empowering young people for political participation in the democratic life in Europe” at the Council of the European Union in Brussels. On the same day, the Ministers adopted a set of Council […]

A European young student shares his thoughts on Quality Education

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. By 2020 Europe aspires to have a smart, sustainable and […]