What exactly is the European Youth Year? A year dedicated to all young Europeans to create a better future with so many possibilities to learn, share your vision, travel, meet people, and participate in activities all throughout Europe and go forward from a post-pandemic perspective with confidence and hope.
Why is there a European Year of Youth? On 15 September 2021, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen announced in her State of the Union address that 2022 would be declared the European Year of Youth. The reason is that during the COVID-19 pandemic, young people in Europe sacrificed a lot for the sake of others. As a result, they should now be the focus of attention, with promising prospects for the future.
Objectives Of The European Year Of Youth:
To Consider young people's perspectives and ideas when making decisions. Also, a coronavirus recovery plan opens up new opportunities for young people in Europe of the future, such as high- quality jobs and education and training. And assists young citizens in developing a better understanding of the opportunities available to them at the EU, national, regional, and local levels.
Young people in Europe:
One out of every six Europeans is between the ages of 15 and 29 and one in every three young people reported spending two or more weeks abroad for work, training, or education. Also, the European Union and democracy are viewed positively by three-quarters of young people. But the COVID-19 crisis has changed everything. There was a significant impact on young people, who have lost jobs and experienced deterioration in their mental and emotional health, and Unemployment among young people has risen as well.
Opportunities For Young People:
Throughout the year, the Commission will coordinate a number of initiatives. This will be accomplished in close cooperation with the European Parliament, member states, regional and local governments, youth organizations, and young people themselves. In addition to the EU's successful youth programs, such as Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps, which have impacted the lives of millions of young people and support with budgets of €28 billion and €1 billion, respectively, for the current fiscal period. Also, new programs and initiatives are being
designated to continue to provide opportunities not only in the EU but also in partner countries. In the coming months, a new program called ALMA will be launched to support cross-border professional mobility for disadvantaged young people.
After almost two years of a pandemic that has hit young people particularly hard, it is now a key moment for all European youth to be involved and participate in creating a better, greener, more digital, and inclusive future in Europe. So Dear young Europeans this is a year of hope and you are the ones who can shape the future of Europe so be bold, be ambitious, and think out of the box.
Syed Hussain Abdul Hakeem