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  • An interview with Nicoletta MERLO, one of the youngest members of the EESC. She is National Head of Youth Policies for CISL, one of the largest Italian trade union confederations, and represents her confederation on the Italian National Youth Council. In 2017 she started a European experience in the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), which led her to be elected, in 2019, as a member of the Bureau of the ETUC Youth Committee. Since October 2020, she has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee and actively participates in the SOC and NAT sections and in the Equality Group, seeking to be spokesperson for the demands and needs of young people and promoting the inclusion of a generational perspective in the Committee's discussions and multiple activities.

  • In the EU, 2022 will be the Year of Youth. Proposed by the Commission, the Year aims to promote opportunities for young people and engage them to become active citizens and actors of change. Although such an initiative is to be applauded, we must ensure it is geared towards achieving concrete and enduring outcomes for all young Europeans

  • In molti Stati membri la COVID-19 ha determinato una forte crescita del tasso di disoccupazione giovanile, con un aumento del numero di giovani che non lavorano né seguono un percorso scolastico o di formazione. I piani nazionali per la ripresa rappresentano un'opportunità unica per invertire questa tendenza e garantire un lavoro dignitoso a tutti i giovani europei.

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    At the annual YEYS 2022 event, students from all over Europe will have their say on disinformation and fake news. The event will take place virtually between 31 March and 1 April 2022.

  • Cillian Lohan, Frans Timmermans, Stefan Rahmstorf and Youth representatives

    The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) opinion on structured youth engagement on climate and sustainability in the EU decision-making process is gaining momentum. When adopted in September 2020, it proposed, among other recommendations, the establishment of a Youth Climate and Sustainability Round Table, to be hosted by the EESC in conjunction with the European Commission, European Parliament and youth organisations. 

  • On 30 June, the Diversity Europe Group held a webinar under the banner of the Conference on the Future of Europe on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the mental health and employability of young people.

  • Young people have the right to have a say on matters that concern them. The climate emergency the world is facing today has mobilised millions of young people around the world, many of whom are profoundly affected by the threat it poses for their future. At the same time, it is the young people who have repeatedly demonstrated their energy, creativity and motivation to challenge current unsustainable models and push the decision-makers to adopt ambitious policies. Despite that, a wide gap remains between listening to young people, and actually acting upon their calls and demands.

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    Students from 33 different countries will travel to Brussels in March 2020 to take part in a European Youth Summit on Climate. The event is organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and will follow the model of a United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP). Students will be asked to represent a sector, industry or bloc of countries and negotiate with each other, in order to come up with recommendations for combatting climate change.

  • In June, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a hearing focusing on combating discrimination in the employment and recruitment of Roma, which revealed that the current strategies for fostering their inclusion in the labour market were largely failing.

  • Participants in YEYS 2019
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    Un programma di studi obbligatorio sulle politiche europee, destinato ad aumentare la consapevolezza dei cittadini prima di ogni elezione: è questa la proposta più votata nell'edizione 2019 dell'iniziativa La vostra Europa, la vostra opinione (YEYS), l'evento per i giovani organizzato dal Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) il 21 e 22 marzo 2019. Questa iniziativa e altre tre proposte selezionate, incentrate sull'uso delle nuove tecnologie e dei social media per aumentare la partecipazione alle elezioni europee, saranno trasmesse al Parlamento europeo affinché siano prese in considerazione.