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Youth participation

Today’s youth population is the largest ever! However, they are also the generation most likely to “opt-out” of conventional political processes. Turnout at elections is decreasing, and political parties struggle to recruit young members, meaning that young people are most at risk of exclusion from the political process.

On the other hand, young people are as politically active as ever and are at the forefront of many global movements and youth-led organisations. They engage politically in different, unconventional ways outside of the traditional political system.

How can we bridge this growing distance between young people and political institutions? We need all actors of society to work together to remove the barriers to participation. This includes better citizenship education, electoral reform and lowering the voting age, but also a complete rethink of how our democratic systems work.

Learn more & check out our campaign, #YouthUp!

Statement

European Youth to EU leaders: Invest in our present AND our future!

13. 12. 2018
The European Council, EU Heads of State and Government, meet in Brussels today. Among other things on their agenda is the EU’s budget for the next 7 years. The European Youth Forum calls on EU leaders to invest in youth and demonstrate a strong commitment to a fairer and more sustainable Europe.

Need to get in touch?

General phone line: +32 2 793 75 20
fax: +32 2 893 25 80
e-mail: youthforum@youthforum.org
Address:
Rue de l’Industrie, 10
1000 Brussels
Belgium

More information here.