Youth, especially in the current context, is a priority in most political discourse. We want this promise to be converted into actions, measures and programmes that are tangible for young people.
The Youth Forum has been successfully working towards a more youth-friendly EU Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-20. Six billion euro for a Youth Guarantee is a good start, but 21 billion is what we need. The European social funds should encourage more youth organisations to take part.
The future EU programme for young people is a key element of our work, in order not only to offer opportunities to young people, but also to support youth organisations. We are also exploring other opportunities for youth organisations to be more sustainable and less dependent on public funding: first, looking at more private funding from foundations and companies, and secondly by working towards new models, such as cooperatives or social enterprises.
Investing in youth is not only about funding however. The Youth Forum has launched a wide campaign, which began with a focus on the MFF. It will now focus more on the European Elections.