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EU Youth Test

What is the EU EU Youth Test? It is an impact assessment tool that will ensure that young people are considered during the policy-making processes within the EU. Thanks to the Youth Test, the EU will be able to create better policies that are long-lasting and impactful, reducing inequalities, while taking into account both current and future generations. Policies will address the experiences, needs, and expectations of young people and they will help Europe's youngest generation maximise their potential.

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With and for young people

The EU Youth Test is designed to evaluate the impact that any new proposals may have on young people in the EU and identify any mitigation measures necessary to avoid any negative impacts.

How does it work? It is based on 3 pillars:

  • Meaningful engagement with youth stakeholders including young people from youth-led organisations and experts

  • Impact assessments of draft proposals

  • Mitigation measures to address adversities on different groups of young people, especially groups living in vulnerable situations


The EU Youth Test supports the mainstreaming of youth by addressing the lack of involvement in policy fields that are not usually considered youth-related, e.g. sustainability, economic or infrastructure policies.

3 reasons for EU Youth Test:

  • It is mainstreaming youth in all policies, which is an existing objective at the EU level. The EU Youth Test is one of the measures set out in the Conference on the Future of Europe Outcomes Report.

  • It's working! The EU Youth Test exists in the several Member States in different forms, but always for and with young people. Austria, France, and Germany on a national level and Flanders in Belgium on a regional level proved such a tool is beneficial for young people and society.

  • It is bringing the missing 25% to the forefront. Young people make up 25% of the whole population of the EU and yet they are underrepresented in political processes. They are the ones who will live the longest with the consequences and impacts of the regulations designed today, it is time to hear them and not only to listen.

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