#EuropeanYouthWeek – Young people across continent get together to debate their role in democracy

The ninth edition of European Youth Week (29 April-5 May) brought together about 115,000 participants at nearly 1,000 events in all 34 Erasmus+ programme countries – more than ever before.

Ahead of the European Parliament elections, their engagement in debates around the theme ‘Democracy and Me’ confirmed the young generation’s strong interest in shaping the future of Europe, especially when it comes to protecting the environment and fighting climate change, improving education and training, and tackling poverty and economic and social inequalities.

Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Commissioner Tibor Navracsics (pictured)  said: “I am pleased to see that so many committed young people from all parts of Europe and all backgrounds got involved in the events and debates that were part of this year’s Youth Week. This confirms the results of our new Eurobarometer survey, which shows that young people are eager to be active citizens. The youth event that will take place in Sibiu on 8 May, which includes a Citizens Dialogue with President Juncker and Romanian President Iohannis, ahead of the Leaders’ Summit, will provide another excellent opportunity to debate with young people and to build upon their ideas and calls for action.”

During the European Youth Week events in Brussels, Commissioner Navracsics hosted a Citizens’ Dialogue with around 500 young people, as well as a flagship debate to discuss the impact of the European Solidarity Corps on participants, NGOs and local communities. The Commissioner also presented the 2018 Altiero Spinelli Awards for Outreach, which rewarded projects enhancing young people’s critical awareness of the EU and seeking to engage them. More information on the Eurobarometer dedicated to the views expressed by young people on the future of Europe is available here.

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