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A Youth perspective on the European Pillar of Social Rights

December 15, 2016

Young people are the group at higher risk of poverty and social inclusion in Europe today. They need hope for a better future and not fear for the years to come. Populism will easily take hold if policy makers choose to ignore this, if they do not dare to transform the system to tackle the barriers and the discrimination that young people face on their path to autonomy.

The proposal to ‘revive’ the European Social Model, and to work on a ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’ made by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in September 2015, gave us the opportunity to think: Is the European social project still alive? What must Europe do to ensure the social rights of young people are respected, to make sure no one is left out?

We are in need of a forward thinking approach to ensure new safety nets for young people in a changing European labour market, and changing global society. We are therefore happy to share with you the ‘Youth perspective on the European Pillar of Social rights’ and our answers to the consultation of the European Commission on a European Pillar of Social Rights.

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Background documents:

-Report of the European Youth Forum published in May 2016: Excluding Youth, a threat to our future

-Resolution of the European Youth Forum on Youth autonomy and inclusion adopted in April 2016


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