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European citizens initiative startet: More than education - Shaping active and responsible citizens

At the 6th of October a European citizens initiative startet to collect signitures for "More then education". More intensive incentive measures are needed to support member states in their responsibility of providing the basic civilising tools needed to become a functioning member of a democratic diverse and open Society. The European citizens' initiative allows one million EU citizens from 7 EU-Member states to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal.

To learn more about the initiative or to sign up for it please follow here... 

EU-Commission adopts skills Agenda for Europe

The aim of the Skills Agenda is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe.

70 million Europeans lack adequate reading and writing skills, and even more have poor numeracy and digitals skills. This puts them at risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. On the other hand, a large number of Europeans, particularly high-qualified young people, work in jobs that do not match their talents and aspirations. At the same time, 40% of European employers report that they cannot find people with the right skills to grow and innovate.

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Asylum: EU list of safe countries of origin

The future EU common list of safe countries of origin, which should help member states to process certain asylum applications faster and more consistently, should replace today’s national lists after a three-year transition period, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed on Thursday. The EU Commission will assess which countries should be included, removed or temporarily suspended from the list.

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EU-Youth Council: Esteem of youth work in the prevention of radicalization of youth

The Council adopted conclusions on the role of the youth sector in preventing and combating the violent radicalisation of young people. The conclusions highlight the invaluable contribution that youth work, voluntary and cultural activities and sport can make in reaching out to young people who might otherwise be more vulnerable to radicalisation.  

They also stress the need to undermine and challenge existing violent extremist ideologies and to counterbalance them with appealing non-violent alternatives and to support parents, siblings, peers and others in contact with young people who are at risk, providing them with information on existing support systems and counselling possibilities.

Further informations:

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/eycs/2016/05/30-31/

EU Youth Conference in Amsterdam

The Dutch Presidency of the Council hosted the EU Youth Conference in Amsterdam on 4-7 April, bringing youth delegates and policy makers to the same table to discuss youth issues. This EU Youth Conference kicks off the cycle of the Structured Dialogue, which is a innovative and unique participative process where young people contribute to EU youth policy. In order to enhance a continuous dialogue between policy-makers and young people, the three EU Youth Conferences of the cycle of the current trio Presidency (Dutch, Slovakian, Maltese) focuced on the common theme “Enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe”. Over four days, youth delegates and policy-makers sat at the same table to identify the main challenges faced by young people to be fully engaged in an inclusive society. They issued a guiding Framework.

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