Yesterday the European Commission unveiled their ‘Youth Employment Support: A Bridge to Jobs’ package which includes a proposal for a Reinforced Youth Guarantee. At the press conference to launch the new measures, Commissioner Schmit recognised that young people risk becoming the victims of yet another economic downturn. This new policy package is meant to show young people they’re not being forgotten, that the EU is not leaving them behind.
The European Youth Forum came together with Generation Climate Europe, the largest European coalition of youth-led organisations focused specifically on environmental issues, to respond to the Commission's public consultation . We welcome the Climate Pact and the public consultation, and have taken this opportunity to share the youth perspective on citizen engagement in climate action. Broad societal engagement on climate and environment is key to a sustainable Europe and the success of the European Green Deal.
How have cities responded to the coronavirus crisis? To answer this question and better understand what this means for young people, the European Youth Forum was pleased to co-host a webinar with the City of Klaipeda, European Youth Capital 2021 last Thursday 18 June.
Over the years, we have, unfortunately, witnessed a crackdown against civil society, including youth organisations, in various European countries. This trend is continuing in 2020, with extremely worrying signs that the COVID-19 health crisis is being used to gain political control, putting many dimensions of civic space under threat. With our new study, Safeguarding Civic Space for Young People in Europe, the European Youth Forum aims to put the spotlight on challenges faced by youth organisations in Europe.
On 6 June, we were very proud to host our first ever online Extraordinary General Assembly (ExGA). Despite the difficult circumstances, the event was able to bring our Members together and show that despite being separated, youth organisations remain united. We will continue to find ways of supporting each other, continuing our work and finding innovative solutions.
We, the young generation, might not be the most hit by the COVID-19 health crisis, but its consequences will form our disadvantage for decades to come, if no measures are taken.
Since the beginning of the crisis, the European Youth Forum has worked to ensure that no young person was left behind and that youth organisations were supported in their solidarity actions. With this European Youth Blueprint to Recovery, we present a series of policy recommendations aiming at influencing the institutional response to the crisis.
The European Youth Forum is proud to announce the launch of its second commitment to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, “Power in Knowledge: Solution-Based Research to Tackle Emerging Challenges in European Youth Employment".