How are the youngsters doing in Europe?
Young people are the best educated generation
According to the report, less youngsters drop out of school in the EU. However, there is still a lot of work to do: 8.7 million young people aged 15-29 are unemployed, 13.7 million are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) and close to 27 million are at risk of poverty or exclusion.
Young people are very active
The report also reveals that young people are very participative: not only on the Internet and social media, but also when it comes to engagement in the society: around half are active members of organisations and one in four has been a volunteer.
It's time to speak out: cooperation is needed
Supporting young people, particularly to help them to find a job, has been one of the priorities of the EU and Member States since 2013. Still, the situation of youngsters calls for giving importance to integration to allow everybody to become an active member in society. There is a particular need to reinforce links with sports and education to increase social inclusion, youth competences and employability. This requires cooperation across policies and actors under a comprehensive approach. That is why is essential to give young people a strong political voice in the process.
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