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EU Youth Test

What is the EU Youth Test? It is an impact assessment tool which ensures that young people are considered when the EU is deciding on new policies and law. Thanks to the Youth Test, the EU will be able to create better policies that are long-lasting and impactful, while reducing inequalities and considering the needs of both current and future generations.

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Kristóf Papp

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 an 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.

Related news and publications


European Youth Forum priorities: Defence of Democracy package

Policy statement - 26/05/2023

The Defence of Democracy package serves as an opportunity to safeguard democracy and overall civic space in the EU. However, the package’s potential ‘foreign interference’ directive has raised concerns among civil society across the European continent. The European Youth Forum has put forward the following priorities in response to the process.

Safeguarding Civic Space for Young People in Europe

Publication - 04/05/2022
By speaking out, gathering together online and offline, and by participating in public decision-making, individuals and communities use...

Launch of the European Charter for Youth and Democracy

News - 07/03/2022

The European Committee of the Regions and the European Youth Forum join forces to bring young people closer to the EU!