The European Year of Youth

A year dedicated to valuing young people who have given so much to others

Ursula von der Leyen

On 26 and 27 January in Strasbourg, as part of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU (PFUE) and the European Youth Conference, lcommitment of young people at European level and in particular on environmental issues is at the heart of exchanges between European ministers in charge of education and youth and young European delegates designated by the Member States. This is the opportunity to collect the expectations of young Europeans in the form of recommendations, but also to promote good practices and offer a space for dialogue between young people and political decision-makers.

Four main themes: 

  • education and learning
  • Climate change
  • health and mental health
  • The fight against discrimination

Throughout 2022, the European Commission will coordinate the organization of events throughout Europe: conferences, debates and information campaigns will thus be organized by national coordinators in each Member State, with the support from civil society organisations, regional and local authorities, and under the supervision of the European Parliament. The various initiatives will gradually be listed on the european youth portal.

young people [should] be able to shape the future of Europe

Ursula von der Leyen

To carry out this programme, the European Year of Youth benefits from support of 8 million euros under the Erasmus+ program and the European Solidarity Corps.


The general objectives for this AEJ are:

  • point out how ecological and digital transitions provide opportunities for young people
  • help young people become active and engaged citizens
  • promote the potential offered to young people
  • integrate the youth perspective in EU policies

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