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News article21 January 2022European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

European Year of Youth to boost opportunities for young people in 2022

If you are a young person in Europe, this is your year. The EU has designated 2022 the European Year of Youth (EYY2022), which will bring many opportunities for young Europeans. Read on to find out more.

European Year of Youth to boost opportunities for young people in 2022

More and better opportunities following the pandemic

Young people will play a key role in shaping Europe’s future. They have also been heavily disadvantaged by COVID-19, which has had knock-on effects on job opportunities, study programmes, travel plans and social lives.

Through the EYY2022, however, the EU is striving to ensure young people have more and better opportunities for the future. This initiative also complements NextGenerationEU, which targets high-quality job, education and training opportunities for young Europeans.

“The pandemic has robbed young people of many opportunities – to meet and make new friends, to experience and explore new cultures. While we cannot give them that time back, we are proposing today to designate 2022 the European Year of Youth,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a press release in October 2021.

Various activities to get involved in

The EYY2022 aims to celebrate young people and provide employment opportunities across many different sectors. It is your chance to gain knowledge and skills to support your professional development, become an active citizen and contribute to positive change in Europe.

The Commission is now developing a wide-ranging programme of activities to mark the EYY2022, in close contact with the European Parliament, the 27 EU Member States, regional and local authorities, and youth organisations.  

“I invite all young Europeans to participate in the numerous engagements, initiatives and actions that we will launch as from January 2022,” said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. “We want to make their voice heard and to inform the decisions we will take for their future.”

The EYY2022 programme has also been shaped by young Europeans, as the EU gathered ideas and suggestions from thousands of young people in a recent survey. These initiatives will be supported by an €8 million budget from Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps.

Follow the European Youth Portal and EURES for updates

Keep an eye out for further news about these activities on the European Youth Portal, where a full programme and further information will be available following the official launch of the European Year of Youth. There are already some scheduled events, so you can find more details about them on the European Youth Portal.

The European Youth Portal also provides wider helpful information about relevant opportunities and initiatives for young people living, learning and working in Europe, as well as on youth organisations that can help you.

We will be publishing further articles right here on the EURES news page, too, including information about opportunities available to young people across the EU, such as through traineeships and volunteering.

We also publish regular articles providing hints and tips for young people, covering a wide range of themes relating to jobs and work in the EU. To receive notifications about our weekly articles, subscribe to our RSS feed (open the EURES news section in Internet Explorer, click RSS andthen Subscribe to this feed).

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