State of the European youth in 2014

In the run up to the European Youth Event a few weeks ago in Strasbourg, a special Eurobarometer focused on youth was released. Similarly to the official themes of the European Youth Event, this survey was divided into five topics: youth and jobs, the digital revolution, the future of the European Union, sustainable development and European values.

The survey was conducted between 13 March and 2 April 2014, among 13,437 young Europeans aged 16 to 30 in the 28 Member States of the European Union.

In terms of employment, this Eurobarometer showed that more than half of young Europeans feel that in their country young people have been marginalised and excluded from economic and social life by the crisis. Mobility was also mentioned with a strong distinction between voluntary and forced mobility. Indeed, in countries with a high youth unemployment rate, a significant proportion of young people feel compelled to move to another EU country.

Regarding the digital revolution, data protection is the main concern of young Europeans. The survey found that more regulation is needed. When it comes to the future of the European Union, 70 per cent of those questioned think that being part of the EU makes their country stronger.

On the subject of sustainable development, young people are clearly in favour of renewable energy and they think that they should have a key role in the fight against climate change.

Finally, European youth expressed what matters to them in terms of values. Human rights, freedom of speech and gender equality were the issues they most value.

The European Youth Forum welcomed this study, as it showed how much young people have to say when it comes to future of the society and it led to fruitful discussions at the European Youth Event.

Read more: European Youth in 2014 – Eurobarometer

Click to access eb_395_synthesis_youth_en.pdf

From Youth Policy Watch


@Youth Policy Watch: 2014 European elections

Young voters must be engaged in the run up to the 2014 European elections

The European Parliament has officially launched its drive to increase awareness and participation at the 2014 elections. This campaign will see four phases that are hoped to engage all citizens across the EU. The first phase was launched in September with a video titled “Act. React. Impact”, which explains the Parliament’s powers and how it affects people living in the EU.

Turnout at previous European elections has slowly declined from 61% in 1979 to only 43% in 2009. The European Parliament is determined to ensure that there is an increase in turnout at next year’s elections – with turnout at only 16.9% in Slovakia in 2009 there is much work to do. Turnout amongst young Europeans has traditionally been low with only 29% of young people casting a vote at the 2009 elections. However the European Parliament has made the case that this time the elections are even more important for citizens. This is because the Lisbon Treaty stipulates that the appointment of the President of the European Commission must take into account the political make-up of the Parliament. As head of the EU’s executive branch, the President has a great deal of influence over the policies implemented at a European level.

As part of its drive to engage young voters, the European Youth Forum will be launching its European election campaign on 15th October at the Parliament. The launch will allow MEPs to sign the ‘Love Youth Future’ pledges – an 11-point plan of action on youth for the EU over the next Parliamentary session from 2014-2019.

The European Youth Forum welcomes the new campaign from the European Parliament and its efforts to engage young voters. Young voters must be provided with the relevant information about the role of the Parliament in order to be empowered to participate in the elections. Furthermore, through similar initiatives such as Love Youth Future and the League of Young Voters, the Forum hopes to ensure that youth issues are a priority in the 2014 elections.

Useful links

Link to European Parliament’s press release on the campaign

Link to Act. React. Impact video



proiect EVS la final “Be a promoter of a healthy lifestyle: set the trend!”


Actiunea: 2- Serviciul european de voluntariat
Titlul proiectului: Be a promoter of a healthy lifestyle: set the trend!

Echipa Dunare.EDU a finalizat cu succes implementarea proiectului care a inclus activitati cu 4 Voluntari in Serviciul European de Voluntariat. Multumim colaboratorilor, voluntarilor si partenerilor!

Din informatiile transmise in cadrul raportului final şi a materialelor  ataşate a reiesit faptul ca a fost creat cadrul si indeplinite  premisele atingerii obiectivelor propuse in cererea de finantare.” finantator

Ce spun voluntarii?

Manuel, EVS 2012

Be a promoter of a healthy lifestyle: set the trend!”@Dunare.EDU

Llegué para ser voluntario en una ONG del sur del país, en la pequeña ciudad de Olțenita, que,como podréis imaginar, no sabía de su existencia hasta que llegué aquí. Allí, un grupo de gente de diferentes edades estaba esperándome con los brazos abiertos; sabían que desde ese momento iba a formar parte de sus vidas[…]Ha sido durante el tiempo quehe pasado en Olțenita cuando me he dado cuenta cuánto me gusta trabajar con niños, niñas y jóvenes. Llevar a cabo cualquier tipo de actividad con los más pequeños me ha resultado infinitamente enriquecedor, no sé si han aprendido más ellos de mí que yo de ellos.[…]

România, mulțumesc mult și la revedere!

Saul,EVS 2012

Be a promoter of a healthy lifestyle: set the trend!”@Dunare.EDU

El trabajo con los niños y jóvenes de Oltenita ha sido muy satisfactorio. En los

colegios podíamos observar la cara de felicidad de los niños cuando nos veían entrar a sus clases y durante las actividades con ellos. Verlos tan contentos ha sido un gran pilar en los momentos difíciles de mi estancia. Nunca olvidaré el día de San Nicolás, ya que en una de las clases, las madres habían prepara do para nosotros todo tipo de dulces tradicionales. Una vez más, pude notar la generosidad y agradecimiento de la gente rumana.[…]Sólo me falta decir, gracias por esta oportunidad. Rumanía ya forma parte de mi vida.

Anastasia, EVS 2012 “Be a promoter of a healthy lifestyle: set the trend!”@Dunare.EDU

I am glad that I made this decision to come here to be a European volunteer from

Russia in the Association Dunare.EDU.[…]

I am going to continue cooperation with Dunare.EDU; I will look for possibilities to

start being a trainer at youth seminars and trainings, I am willing to continue

working with youth and continue sharing the possibilities of “Youth in Action”

programs, I wish more Russian people could participate.

Yanira,EVS 2012“Be a promoter of a healthy lifestyle: set the trend!”@Dunare.EDU

So what means healthy lifestyle? For me is simple.

Be healthy means:

Think positive. Smile. Wish well to others. Give them five.

Small talking. Smile. Share your feelings.

Helping others. Try it. Be honest. Ask

when you don’t know. Be humble. Be accessible. Be liable. Be open


The project was implemented in 2012 and early 2013 having 3 phases : preparation phase, implementation phase, and evaluation phase.We set as objective empowering the European volunteers to share their example and lead initiatives, creating a multiplier community and start youth initiatives in the community. The non formal education project involved European citizenship skills, participatory attitude and facing the challenges of a healthy lifestyle taking into account all the factors that influence youth behavior.


– Empower young people to promote their example to the local community;

– Create a multiplier community for a healthy lifestyle and create debate about this;

– Start  youth initiatives in the rural local area with participation from all countries involved in the project;

As for the relevance to the general objectives of the Youth in Action Programme the project did:

promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular due to the European approach we have in the project and the mixture of nationalities we involve

promote active citizenship by explaining why rural communities should have their say, and why youth initiative are so valuable for the life of a healthy community.

By explaining and leading by example”