This is big! The EU has designated 2022 the European Year of Youth (EYY), as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union Address and following the political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council. The Commission will coordinate throughout 2022 a range of activities in close contact with the European Parliament, the Member States, regional and local authorities, youth organisations and young people themselves. The initiatives being developed under the European Year of Youth will be supported by €8 million from Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps.
The promise of new opportunities for youth
The European Year of Youth is a crucial opportunity to build blocks in both European and national policies for the youth. Young Europeans are expected to benefit from many opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and competences for their professional development, and to strengthen their civic engagement to shape Europe’s future.
The European Youth Forum has been demanding an allocation of a budget to the EYY to factually increase in investment in young people and cross-sectoral approach beyond the Year of Youth, to ensure that all EU policies are delivered and developed with a youth lens. “We want to see meaningful policies that leave a lasting impact on young peoples’ lives and futures… We look forward to seeing a commitment to this legacy from all EU institutions and member states.”
EYEN’s contribution: Youth engagement on European and national levels and a long-lasting impact
EYEN will contribute actively as a Member of the EYY Stakeholder group and will collaborate with the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) to ensure that the impact and legacy of all activities should be long-lasting and continue beyond 2022. We aim to engage with the national coordinator responsible for organising the national participation in the European Year of Youth and to connect with the various EU Ministries of Energy in order to co-create engagement opportunities for youth in the energy sector on a national level.
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- Commission kick-starts work to make 2022 the European Year of Youth https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_5226
- The European Year of Youth Should Pave a Way for Lasting Change https://www.youthforum.org/news/the-european-year-of-youth-should-pave-a-way-for-lasting-change
- The European Year of Youth 2022: Focus on the results, not the hype https://www.eesc.europa.eu/en/news-media/news/european-year-youth-2022-focus-results-not-hype