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2022 is the European Year of Youth


Make your voice heard! 2022 is the European Year of Youth, shining a light on the importance of European youth to build a better future – greener, more inclusive, and digital. With plenty of opportunities to learn, share your vision, meet people and engage in activities all over Europe, the European Year of Youth is the moment to move forward with confidence and hope in a post-pandemic perspective. Find out what the Year has in store for you and join in the #EuropeanYearOfYouth!

The Commission will coordinate 2022 a range of activities in close contact with the European Parliament, the Member States, regional and local authorities, youth organizations, and young people themselves. The initiatives being developed under the European Year of Youth will be supported by €8 million from Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps, the European Year of Youth dedicated top-up decided by the budgetary authority for 2022. Other Union programs and instruments will also significantly contribute to the objectives and activities of the Year. Young Europeans will benefit from many opportunities to gain knowledge, skills, and competencies for their professional development, and to strengthen their civic engagement to shape Europe's future.

To honor, support, and engage with young people at all levels, the European Year of Youth will pursue four objectives:

  • Renewing the positive perspectives for young people, with a particular focus on the negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on them while highlighting how the green and digital transitions and other Union policies offer opportunities for young people and for the society at large;
  • Supporting young people, including through youth work, especially young people with fewer opportunities, from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds or belonging to vulnerable and marginalized groups, to acquire relevant knowledge and competencies and thus become active and engaged citizens, inspired by a European sense of belonging;
  • Supporting young people to acquire a better understanding of, and actively promoting the various opportunities available to them, be it from the EU, national, regional, or local level, to support their personal, social, economic, and professional development.
  • Mainstreaming youth policy across all relevant Union policy fields in line with the EU Youth Strategy 2019 – 2027 to encourage that a youth perspective is brought into policy-making at all levels.

Several flagship initiatives from across several policy areas are expected to be launched during the European Year. This includes for example ALMA, a new initiative to help young people who are not in employment, education, or training to find their way to the job market by combining support for education, vocational training, or employment in their home country with a work placement in another EU country. The European Year of Youth will also go hand in hand with NextGenerationEU, which reopens perspectives for young people, including quality jobs and education and training opportunities for the Europe of the future, and supports young people's participation in society.

For More Information:

Commission proposal for the European Year of Youth

European Youth Portal

Online survey report

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