European Year of Youth: EDP MEPs get involved
During her State of the Union address in September 2021, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced the European Year of Youth 2022. This proposal was refined and voted on by the European Parliament in December 2021. After two years of pandemic during which young Europeans have made many sacrifices, this Year should give young people the opportunity to make their voices heard (through events, public consultations) but also to launch reflections on European and national youth policies. All areas of their lives must be considered: access to employment, training, protection of their psychological health, access to existing EU programmes, climate change of course, and finally how to guarantee them a real democratic space, while justice, media, access to abortion, and LGBT rights are threatened in some European countries.
In order to make this year not only a year of communication, but a year of action, Laurence Farreng, in charge of youth issues for the Renew group, proposed several initiatives. They were adopted this week by the MEPs of the Renew Europe group, of which the EDP MEPs are members. It is indeed very important that each MEP can be involved in this Year of Youth, and can act as a relay in his or her region. Renew MEPs therefore adopted their "Youth Pledge" this week
In parallel to these actions on the ground, the Renew group also adopted a "call to action" for the implementation of seven concrete ideas. MEPs are calling for the creation of a European digital platform to make job offers, mobility, volunteering and access to culture accessible and to inform all young people about their rights. Europe offers solutions and must make this known. Mobility aid, citizenship, mental health, culture pass... Other proposals can be found on this link.
Within the Renew4Youth Task Force, Renew MEPs will continue to work throughout this Year of Youth and beyond to formulate concrete proposals and give young people a voice!
Renew4Youth will also act in the context of the conflict in Ukraine by supporting MEPs' initiatives and advocating at European level for more initiatives for the integration of Ukrainian children and young people.