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Today the Commission published its Flash Eurobarometer on Youth and Democracy, carried out between 22 February and 4 March 2022. As the European Year of Youth is in full swing and at the end of the conference on he future of Europe – where youth have played a crucial part – it allows us to take stock of the feelings of the younger generation.
The new Eurobarometer survey shows growing youth engagement: today a majority (58%) of young people are active in the societies in which they live and have participated in one or more youth organizations in the last 12 months. This is an increase of 17 percentage points since the last Eurobarometer in 2019. In addition, the most common expectation of young people for the European Year of Youth 2022 is that decision-makers will listen more of their requests and act accordingly, and that they support their social and professional development (72%). Today, the Commission is also launching a new online tool, the “Voice your Vision” platform, to make it easier for young Europeans to make their voices heard. In addition, policy dialogues between College members and young people are organized as part of the Youth Year. They offer a unique opportunity for young people to have direct access to decision-makers and to express face to face their vision and ideas in all policy areas.
Vice President for Promoting Our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinasmentioned: “The European Year of Youth should bring a paradigm shift in the way we include young people in policies and decision-making. The objectives of the Year are to listen, engage and promote concrete opportunities for young Europeans. The Flash Eurobarometer clearly shows that this is exactly what young people in the EU also want.”
Married GabrielleCommissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “As we can see today, young people are increasingly involved and committed to the future of societies. They care about peace, international cooperation, well-being, the environment. But, they want to be listened to and heard more. As part of the European Year of Youth, we are doing all we can to help make their voices heard. I am happy to announce that we have launched a new online tool, the “Voice your Vision” platform, allowing young people to register their opinions and ideas for the future of the European project.
Flash Youth Eurobarometer
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has reinforced young people’s conviction that preserving peace, strengthening international security and promoting international cooperation are the EU’s foremost objective (37% ). This is followed by the increase in employment opportunities for young people (33%), the fight against poverty and economic and social inequalities (32%), as well as the promotion of environmentally friendly policies and the fight against climate change (31%).
Young people consider mental and physical health and well-being (34%), environmental protection and the fight against climate change (34%), but also education and training, including free movement learners (33%) as the priority areas of the European Youth Year.
Despite the pandemic, the survey shows an increase in transnational youth mobility compared to 2019, reflecting the strong desire to reconnect young people across borders. Around four in ten young people (39%) have taken part in a professional, voluntary, learning or sporting activity in another EU country, up from just over three in ten (31%) in 2019. The lack of financial means remains a major reason for non-participation in mobility projects, even if the financial obstacle is decreasing (36% compared to 42% in 2019).
Finally, the results of the Eurobarometer confirm that the Erasmus+ programme, which is celebrating its 35and birthday in 2022, is known by more than half of young respondents, although some differences remain between Member States, with the proportion of young people aware of Erasmus+ for students being highest in Greece (72%) and Cyprus (70% ) and lowest in Sweden (26%).
New “Express your vision” Platform
The Commission has also launched a new online tool, which will be a central element of the European Year of Youth. On the “Voice your Vision” platform, Europeans can register their opinions and ideas for the future of the European project. They can tackle any issue important to them, from jobs, inclusion, peace and security, to climate change, education, mental health, and more. The “Voice your vision” platform responds to the ambition of the European Year of Youth to empower young people to contribute to public debate and decision-making.
The Flash Eurobarometer 502 “Youth and Democracy in the European Year of Youth” survey was carried out between 22 February and 4 March 2022, targeting a representative sample of 26,178 young people aged 15 to 30 in the 27 Member States members and was commissioned by the Commission. The survey was carried out by computer. online maintenance (CAWI).