European Year of Youth: 2022 – your year!

European Year of Youth: 2022 – your year!

Introduction

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Young people are important change-makers and are essential to build peaceful and democratic societies. Europe wants and needs you to help build your future. Are you ready to get involved in 2022 during the European Year of Youth?

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU has designated 2022 the European Year of Youth (EYY). The pandemic has been a difficult period for younger generations in particular. As society in general recovers from its effects, engaging with young people and understanding their concerns is essential to move on from the crisis.

“Let’s not forget how the young generation has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. I admire your resilience throughout these challenging times.”

Charles Michel, European Council President

On this page you can find information on:

  • the European Year of Youth 2022
  • why national ministers responsible for youth policy meet in the Council
  • what the EU is doing for young people
  • what happened to the proposal for a European Year of Youth in the Council?
  • traineeships within the Council

European Year of Youth 2022: what’s in it for you?

The decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Year of Youth was adopted on 20 December 2021. The European Year of Youth has four main objectives:

  • highlighting how the green and digital transitions offer opportunities for young people
  • helping young people to become active and engaged citizens
  • promoting opportunities available to young people
  • bringing a youth perspective to the Union’s policies

When the Council approved the proposal for the EYY, it emphasised the need for the European Year to help mainstream youth policy, i.e. to ensure that all EU policies – on the environment, education, culture or in any other area – take youth issues into account.

The European Year will include conferences, events, and information and promotional campaigns. The Council has encouraged the European Commission to involve young people in making the European Year a reality, together with national coordinators responsible for organising the activities in each member state.

Stay tuned for information on how you can get involved in the European Year of Youth. Until then, if you want to have your say, it’s not too late to join the debate by contributing to the Conference on the Future of Europe:

What is the EU doing for young people?

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. It is one of the best known and most successful EU programmes. Over the last three decades, more than 10 million people have participated in Erasmus+ and its predecessors.

European Education Area

Education should help empower young people to articulate and engage, participate and shape the future of a Europe characterised by democracy, solidarity and inclusion. The European Commission is developing initiatives to make the European Education Area a reality by 2025.

Creative Europe programme

The EU aims to offer increased support for European artists and creators, and thus contribute to the further development of European culture and identity. Amongst the range of measures to promote European art, culture and media is an initiative entitled fostering young creative generations. This highlights the importance of young generations having access to culture in order to develop creative, intercultural and communication skills.

A stronger Social Europe: support for young people

In 2021, EU leaders reaffirmed their pledge to work towards a more social Europe in the Porto Declaration. In particular, they agreed that priority should be given to supporting young people by:

  • addressing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their careers, their education and training plans
  • ensuring they become the driving force of an inclusive green and digital recovery

What happened to the proposal for a European Year of Youth in the Council?

Following negotiations with the European Parliament, the Council adopted its decision on the European Year of Youth on 20 December 2021.

Have you ever wondered how such proposals are agreed upon? Here is a quick summary:

  • The Commission’s proposal was examined in detail by experts (officials from member states) who met in a Council working party dedicated to youth policy. Under the presidency’s guidance, a mandate for the Council’s negotiations with the European Parliament took shape.
  • The Council’s mandate was approved by the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the governments of the EU member states (Coreper).
  • On the basis of their respective mandates, the two co-legislators (i.e. the Council and the Parliament) started the negotiation process.
  • Once the Parliament and the Council had agreed on a text, both institutions adopted it. This is called a first-reading agreement in EU jargon. Otherwise, there would have been a further round of interinstitutional negotiations aimed at reaching a second-reading agreement.

If you are interested in learning more about Coreper, check out our video and our background information:

Please find more : https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/european-year-youth/

 

 

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