What can EU youth programmes do to tackle the challenges of our times?
EU youth programmes can make an important contribution to embedding European values in our society in a sustainable way. They do this by offering concrete opportunities. Particular support is given to those for whom there are fewer opportunities for participation. EU youth programmes also fund, for example, young people’s commitment to refugees or activities on climate protection or digitalisation. And they support projects that make young people’s voices heard in political and social processes. Through educational measures, they can further sharpen young people’s awareness of the burning issues of our time.
The impact of EU youth programmes is great if they can work in a sustainable and targeted way. They cannot offer ad-hoc solutions to acute social problems. The adult generation should also not make the mistake of shifting responsibility for the future to the youth. But many challenges want to be tackled now, and more and more young people want to become active now when it comes to shaping their future in a sustainable way. EU youth programmes offer many opportunities for this.