The European Youth Forum recently launched a report on the social inclusion of young people, entitled Excluding Youth: A Threat To Our Future. EAPN was part of the editorial board of the report, and contributed particularly to the sections concerning access to adequate social protection and to quality jobs. The document takes a look at how effective welfare states are at identifying and tackling social exclusion issues specific to young people. The report was launched last week in Strasbourg, during a side-event entitled Europe for the happy few, or social inclusion for all?, where EAPN was guest speaker, organized in the framework of the European Parliament’s bi-annual European Youth Event (E.Y.E.), which brought together over 7500 young people from all over Europe.
This collaboration on our previous work on youth issues, including monitoring the design and implementation of the Youth Guarantee through our annual work on the Europe 2020 Strategy and the European Semester, advocating for quality indicators to be incorporated in the approach, as well as for a more comprehensive approach to youth inclusion, that goes beyond employment and which also tackles important issues for young people, such as adequate income support, access to quality, affordable services, and meaningful engagement and participation in policy-making and society. Read here EAPN’s comprehensive position paper on Youth Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe (2014).
EAPN has also worked closely with the European Youth Forum (YFJ) in the past, having actively contributed to the working groups organised by the YFJ on quality internships, and co-organising a joint event dedicated to youth poverty and social inclusion in the framework of the 2014 European Meeting of People experiencing Poverty and Social Exclusion.
For more information on EAPN’s youth work, please contact Amana Ferro, Senior Policy Officer with the EAPN Brussels team.