Youth Policy Watch Issue 118

Youth Policy Watch

Youth Policy Watch Issue 118

March 31, 2015

European Youth Forum - Youth Policy Watch

Youth Policy Watch Issue 118

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015


Dear readers,

Welcome to the 118th issue of Youth Policy Watch, examining the latest developments in European youth policy. In this issue, EU Education Ministers have released a joint declaration on tackling radicalisation and discrimination, the EU has pledged two billion euros to help Greek ‘humanitarian crisis’, and youth delegates from across Europe gathered in Riga to improve political participation. These stories, and more, inside.

The European Youth Forum is always keen to improve its coverage of youth policy, and welcomes comments and feedback from our readers.

// Editorial //
Ministers highlight vital role of education in society

The vital role of education in creating a diverse and inclusive society has been highlighted this month following a ministerial meeting in Paris on 17 March. Education ministers from across the EU met to discuss ways in which education and training can help to tackle problems of radicalisation in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

French President François Holland and the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, were also in attendance.

// Top Story //
EU pledges 2 billion euros to Greek ‘humanitarian crisis’

The European Union has committed to providing Greece with two billion euros to help with what EU leaders are now calling a ‘humanitarian crisis’.

// Top Story //
Riga Youth Conference: Youth empowerment for political participation

Young delegates and policy-makers from across Europe gathered together this month to participate at the EU Youth Conference in Riga. The conference took place from 23rd to 26th March and aimed to tackle the issue of low levels of youth political participation in Europe.

// Strong Youth Organisations //
Progress Report on Youth Guarantee Initiative

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has released findings of the first report examining the progress of the European Commission’s Youth Guarantee Initiative. The report, published on 24th March, assessed the measures taken by both the Commission and EU Member States and has identified three potential risks to the effective implementation of the scheme.

// Autonomy & Inclusion //
EU Declaration for digital jobs

The campaign “eSkills for Jobs” was launched this month at a high level conference organised by the European Commission and the Latvian Presidency of the EU in Riga. The framework for the campaign has been presented in the Riga Declaration for eSkills, which outlines ten guiding principles to address the forecasted lack of digital skills in Europe’s job market.

The campaign will run from 2015 to 2016 and is part of the wider goal by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to create a Digital Single Market, seen as a means of ending Europe’s economic downturn.

// Autonomy & Inclusion //
Young people are the happiest in Europe

Eurostat has this month published data measuring life satisfaction rates in European countries. Residents across the EU were asked in 2013 to answer the question “overall, how happy are you with your life these days?” The survey, which was published to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Happiness on 20th March, found that young people are more likely to be satisfied with life than any other age group.

// Hotpot //
Earth Hour: EU supports climate change awareness

European Union commissioners, parliamentarians and institutions pledged their support for the WWF Earth Hour that took place on Saturday 28th March. The Earth Hour initiative encourages millions of people from around the world to switch off their lights for one hour sending a symbolic message for action on climate change.

President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, was one of the high-ranking political leaders to join the campaign along with 111 other members of parliament.

// Hotpot //


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