What is the EU's role?

Social exclusion and poverty among young people has increased during the economic crisis. The EU Youth Strategy aims, in particular, to:

  • Realise the full potential of youth work and youth centres as a means of inclusion
  • Encourage a cross-sector approach to address exclusion in areas such as education, employment and social inclusion
  • Support the development of intercultural awareness and combat prejudice
  • Support information and education for young people about their rights
  • Address the issues of homelessness, housing, and poverty
  • Promote access to quality services – e.g. transport, e-inclusion, health, and social services
  • Promote specific support for young families

How is this being done?

The Commission supports these objectives through: