European Year of Youth: our French MEPs get involved
Mobilising youth and making 2022 a year of action with MEPs Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, Sylvie Brunet, Christophe Grudler, Laurence Farreng and Catherine Chabaud
During her State of the Union speech in September 2021, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced the European Year of Youth 2022. This Year should give young people the opportunity to make their voices heard (through events, public consultations) but also to launch discussions on the mainstreaming of youth policies in all EU 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 also a year of action, Laurence Farreng, in charge of youth issues for the Renew group, has proposed several initiatives. They were adopted last week by the MEPs of the Renew Europe group, of which the French EDP members are part.
It is indeed very important that every Member of Parliament can be involved in this Year of Youth, and can act as a relay in their region.
Renew MEPs therefore adopted their "Youth Pledge" last week
In parallel to these grassroots actions, the Renew group also adopted a "call to action" for the implementation of seven concrete ideas. The MEPs are calling for the creation of a European digital platform based on the French success story "un jeune, une solution", 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 assistance, citizenship, mental health, culture pass... The other proposals can be found here.
Renew MEPs will continue to work throughout this Year of Youth and beyond to make concrete proposals and give young people a voice!