European Youth Forum - Youth Policy Watch
Youth Policy Watch Issue 76 - Monday, 8 April, 2013

Dear readers,

We are pleased to welcome you to issue number 76 of the Youth Policy Watch. In this Issue, read about the recent statistics on youth unemployment in Europe, the Bali Youth Multi Stakeholder Meeting and the new Directive on Visa. Read also about the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery.

The European Youth Forum hopes that you enjoy reading this new edition of Youth Policy Watch and, as always, please feel free to send us any comments you have on the publication to

// Editorial //
Youth Unemployment is a ‘tragedy’ for Europe

job_less.jpgUnemployment in the Europe has continued to climb to new record levels. According to new Eurostat statistics, 19.07 million people in the Eurozone area and 26.2 million people in Europe as a whole were jobless in February.

// Top Story //
Putting Youth at the Heart of Development Bali Youth Multi Stakeholder Meeting

On 25th March as many as 100 young people working in civil society organisations from 26 countries around the world met in Bali to discuss how young people’s involvement in the post-2015 process.

The Youth Multi Stakeholder Meeting is a part of global parallel process during the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Person on Post 2015 Development Agenda meeting. More than half of the population today is under 25 years old and it is today’s young people who will bear most responsibly for the post-2015 agenda.

// Youth Participation //
A Changes to the Hungarian constitution are in danger of limiting citizens’ freedom

On Monday 11th March the Hungarian parliament approved changes to the constitutions that critics say could threaten the rule of law. Despite below-zero temperatures and heavy snow, thousands of Hungarians, including students took to the streets to protest.

The government may from now on arbitrarily pass laws and rewrite the constitution as long as it has a two-third majority in parliament. Amendments include a change the definition of marriage and family, restriction on: political advertising, religious freedoms and LGBTQ rights.

// Strong Youth Organisations //
Citizens' initiative: start up a legislative revolution – One Year Anniversary

As of April 1st the European Citizens’ initiative (ECI) has been in force for one year. The ECI tool, created by the Lisbon Treaty, is one step forward toward participatory and direct democracy, which gives all European citizens the right to put forward reforms to European law to the European Commission on topics that are important to them.

Over the course of the year fourteen initiatives have been introduced by ordinary people rather than civil society groups, issues raised range from protecting the environment to a monthly flat rate for mobile phones in Europe.

// Strong Youth Organisations //
A possible delay in the draft budget for 2014 has repercussions

It is expected that in May the European Commission will reveal the draft EU budget for 2014, will be later than usual. The Multiannual Financial Framework is an extremely important tool for the EU’s long-term budgetary planning and stability. It determines the way in which the EU budget will be spent, to what political priorities it will be devoted to and how it will be financed. Usually the College of Commissioners unveils the draft budget in April.

// Strong Youth Organisations //
New Directive on Visa needs to catch-up with the Youth of the 21st Century

The European Commission launched a bid to speed up the visa process for non-EU young people travelling to the EU as students, volunteers, trainees and even au-pairs on Monday 25th March. The proposal would set a 60-day time limit for approving visas and foreign students would also be allowed to remain in the EU for up to one year after their studies.

The European Commission’s own evaluation of the implementation of the existing Directives found that applicants face unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles.

// Autonomy & Inclusion //
Education budgets under pressure in member states

The European Commission study on the impact of the crisis revealed that in eight out of 25 member states, investment in education fell since 2010. The study analysed funding at all levels of education, in 35 national and regional education systems. Although a very minimum increase in education spending was seen in countries like Sweden and Malta, cuts of more than 5 per cent were enforced in Portugal, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Lithuania and smaller decreases were seen in an additional four member states.

// Autonomy & Inclusion //
Honouring over 15 million victims of slave trade

For over 400 years, an estimated 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. This year’s theme, Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation’ acknowledge the emancipation of slaves in nations across the world paid respect to the emancipation through films, music, dance, poetry, exhibitions and literature.

// Hotpot //

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