Magazine article European Social Policy

Youth Policy : Young People Fear Lack of High Quality Jobs and Training

Magazine article European Social Policy

Youth Policy : Young People Fear Lack of High Quality Jobs and Training

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A significant proportion of young Europeans believe that the European Union is overly bureaucratic and wastes resources, according to the findings of a new opinion survey published by the European Commission on 1 June.

The results also show that, when asked what the EU means for them, 40% of respondents share the view that it is "a lot of bureaucracy, a waste of time and money". Thirty-five percent feel that it poses a risk to cultural identity and diversity. This does not stop young people, however, from believing that membership of the EU can bring benefits to their lives. When asked what the Union can achieve over the next ten years, 92% stated that it will become easier to travel, study and work in other countries, while 73% believed it will make it easier for them to find employment in general. Sixty-eight percent think it will reduce discrimination against people from other cultures and ethnic groups.

The results have been gathered from a Eurobarometer study involving 19,000 young people in the EU27, aged between 15 and 30. The picture that emerges is that Europe's youth has a strong interest in politics and current affairs, although more at a national than at a European level. Some 82% of respondents state that they are interested in politics in their own country, compared to only 66% for EU affairs. In terms of active citizenship, less than one in five of the interviewees is involved in voluntary work, despite some 74% recognising it as a good way to promote active citizenship. …

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