What is the European Year of Youth?
2022 is the European Year of Youth, shining a light on the importance of European youth to build a better future – greener, more inclusive and digital. During this year, young people will have many opportunities to learn, share their vision, meet people and engage in activities across Europe. The European Year of Youth is the moment to move forward with confidence and hope in a post-pandemic perspective.
The European Commission will coordinate during 2022, a series of activities in close cooperation with the European Parliament, Member States, regional and local authorities, youth organizations and young people themselves. Initiatives being developed in the framework of the European Youth Year will be supported with 8 million euros byErasmus +and the European Solidarity Corps.
Young Europeans will have many opportunities to gain knowledge, skills and competencies for their professional development and to strengthen their civic engagement to shape Europe’s future.
Vice President for the Promotion of European Living, Margaritis Schinas, said: “This agreement is a key building block in our youth policy. This year’s dedicated budget will support our core actions. With the European Year of Youth 2022, we are supporting young Europeans to protect and promote freedom, values, opportunities and solidarity. We owe it to the generations that suffered the most in the pandemic and now have to get their lives back.”
Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel said: “I thank the co-legislators for having found an agreement on the European Year of Youth in a record time. We all understand the importance of putting young people in the spotlight and celebrate their resilience after two very challenging years. I invite all young Europeans to participate in the numerous engagements, initiatives and actions that we will launch. We want to make their voice heard and to inform the decisions we will take for their future. We want this Year to lead into concrete actions that will last well beyond 2022. Together, we will make this Year a success.”
To honor, support and engage young people at all levels, the European Year of Youth will pursue these four objectives:
- Renewing the positive perspectives for young people, with a particular focus on the negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on them, while highlighting how the green and digital transitions and other Union policies offer opportunities for young people and for the society at large;
- Supporting young people, including through youth work, especially young people with fewer opportunities, from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds or belonging to vulnerable and marginalised groups, to acquire relevant knowledge and competences and thus become active and engaged citizens, inspired by a European sense of belonging;
- Supporting young people to acquire a better understanding of, and actively promoting the various opportunities available to them, be it from the EU, national, regional or local level, to support their personal, social, economic and professional development.
- Mainstreaming youth policy across all relevant Union policy fields in line with the EU Youth Strategy 2019 – 2027 to encourage that a youth perspective is brought into policy-making at all levels.
The impact and legacy of all activities and engagement opportunities should be long-lasting, beyond 2022. While existing EU programmes dedicated to youth, like Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps, will obviously play a central role in the implementation and funding of the activities, the European Year of Youth aims at being cross-sectoral and building on all EU policies.
Also this year, the capital of Albania, Tirana, has been chosen the European Youth Capital for 2022.
Tirana EYC 2022 is presented as a fantastic program and opportunity that will last 365 days, during which a calendar of projects with numerous initiatives and activities will be given life, which will cover a wide range of topics and priorities that focus on youth, at national, regional and European level.
This program aims to empower the youth by creating new opportunities and giving them a European dimension. Among other things, the program aims to:
-Bring positive changes;
Encourage active participation;
-Promote and protect diversity and inclusion;
-Increase investments for young people;
-Transform the city into an international meeting point;
To create networks and synergies between young people from all over Europe.