EU-Youth Conference: recommendations for empowering youth political participation

To tackle the low levels of youth political participation, 210 young people and policy-makers from across Europe came together at the EU Youth Conference in Riga on 23–26 March.

Joint recommendations were drawn up as a result of plenary sessions and workshops taking into account the suggestions made by more than 40 000 young Europeans who took part in the broad consultation process known as the Structured Dialogue carried out four months prior to the conference.

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Education Ministers adopt a declaration to tackle intolerance, discrimination and radicalisation

During the informal meeting in Paris end of March, which was honoured by the presence of the French President François Hollande, Education Ministers from the European Union Member States and Mr Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport adopted the Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

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Eurydice report on adult education in Europe

The European Commission, precisouly its Education, Audivioal and culture executive Agency published in February a new report in english on Adult Education and Training in Europe of 32 countries (EU + Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Turkey). This Eurydice report aims to provide insight into the field of adult education and training in Europe and support decision-making at policy level. While promoting an integrated approach to lifelong learning, the report emphasises policies and measures to ensure sufficient access to learning opportunities for adults whose skills and qualifications do not fully correspond to current labour market and societal requirements. In doing so, the report takes a broad perspective, considering and exploring a range of interlinked areas. Available statistics show that around one in four adults aged 25-64 in the EU – that is around 70 million people – have not completed any formal education beyond the level of lower secondary education.

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Guide for EU-Funding

The European Commission released a guide to EU funding, which introduces the EU funding opportunities available in the period 2014-2020. It targets six main categories of potential applicants: small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), young people, researchers, farmers and public bodies.



EU Youth unemployment initiatve- Frontloading planned for this year

MEPs debated the latest plan to make €1 billion in Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) funding available in 2015 with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen on 10th of February morning. A majority of speakers backed the idea of speeding up the delivery of funding for projects to fight youth unemployment, while also developing long-term solutions and introducing structural reforms.

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