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Youth

We believe that young people are the drivers of growth and getting out of the crisis and, by becoming more entrepreneurial and innovative, can be empowered to drive their own future.

According to the European Commission, 150,000 young people and youth workers participate every year in more than 8000 pan-European projects in what is called the non-formal education sector. These can be protecting the environment in Greece, supporting disabled youth in Slovakia or creating a coding academy in France.

This engagement needs to be harnessed through, for example, EU-funded exchange programmes. A European Commission survey shows that while 29% of all 18-24 year-olds in the EU participated in the 2009 European elections, 60% of participants in youth exchange programmes put their ballot in the box.

Investing in education is essential if we want to offer young Europeans better prospects and build a more dynamic, innovative and competitive economy. Life-long learning is a key priority for the EPP Group.

The EPP Group wants to unleash the innovative power of young entrepreneurs. If not, our best brains will leave, while the rest watch their hopes of a job disappear when our companies move outside the European Union. We want to emphasise entrepreneurship in training and education projects. Young people must also be able to take full advantage of the Digital Single Market to find and create high-quality jobs. We want to free start-ups from unnecessary bureaucracy so young entrepreneurs can focus on what they do best: innovate!

We believe in the capacity of people and in their entrepreneurial spirit, rather than in state intervention to create jobs and bring down unemployment.

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06.03.2014 - 17:45

Fighting youth unemployment and social exclusion

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Investing in the young generation: Erasmus + and Youth Guarantee

With youth unemployment soaring in some Member States following the prolonged economic crisis, labour market mobility and the acquisition of skills have become key to young people getting jobs. That...

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Happy Birthday, Erasmus: a European success project turns 30

The Dutch humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam is not well known although he is the eponym of the best-known exchange programme in Europe: Erasmus! Since the start of the exchange programme in 1987, more...
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More than free train tickets: our Interrail proposal

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18.11.2016 - 11:12

Digital literacy - a vision for young Europeans

Today more than 4.5 million young people are unemployed in the EU, with peaks of more than 40% in some countries. For the near future some specific drivers of job creation can be identified in Europe...

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27.10.2016 - 12:35

Youth Strategy: empowering young people

“Investing in education and effective skills training are essential if we want to offer young Europeans better prospects and build a more dynamic, innovative and competitive economy,”...
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InterRail: let’s get young people enthusiastic about the EU

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07.06.2016 - 19:09

New Skills Agenda will create jobs

Today, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Commission outlined a number of measures aimed at countering skills shortages, skills mismatches, insufficient...

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