Our challenge is to go further in supporting future generations to become more autonomous and more competitive. We have to do more to help young people live fulfilled lives. We have to work on the future with the people of the future.
Commissioner Tibor Navracsics
On 28 March 2019, Commissioner Tibor Navracsics met with young citizens participating in a three day European Youth Conference (“Creating Opportunities for Youth – Future of Work”), held
in Bucharest, Romania. The conference aimed to link the EU Youth Dialogue and the objectives set by the EU Youth Strategy for the 2019-2027 period by directly tackling the EU Youth Goals,
in particular quality employment for all.
The Citizens Dialogue was a lively and open discussion on policy-making and its impact on young people’s jobs, education as well as their quality of life and prospects.
Participants wanted to know what the EU does to help those young people who are less privileged. On this topic, one participant asked
if there were any European initiatives regarding housing facilities for institutionalised children who have to leave the social security system when they reach the age of 18.
Another participant wanted to know which measures were being taken at European level to tackle poverty. On this same issue, one participant questioned the Commissioner about the EU plans to help non-privileged young people in terms of education.
The discussion then turned to the topic of migration, with one question on why the European Commission is “lessening its rescue operations in the Mediterranean and consequently not offering proper protection to young people who try to reach a safe haven”.
Another participant asked about the measures the Commission is planning to create more inclusive societies, not only for recent migrants, but also for the second or third generations.
“At this point, policies seem to be designed for homogenous societies, which is not the case for most European countries. We talk a lot about European culture and values, but the second or third generation of immigrants is still experiencing a transnational cultural clash”, she said.
Participants then asked the Commissioner about the measures that can be taken to “rebuild young people’s trust in politics” and what can the EU does to support Member States and youth organisations in implement policies that support young people.