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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2018
E-002100/2018
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the Commission

The Commission commits to fostering active citizenship and inclusion among young people. On 2 May 2018, it set out a stronger ‘youth’ focus in its proposal for the next Multiannual Financial Framework.

The Commission proposes to more than double funding for the successor of the Erasmus+ programme in the 2021-2027 period. Erasmus creates opportunities for education, training, youth and sport activities of young people. The focus is on inclusiveness, reaching more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Commission has also proposed to provide 18-year-olds with travel passes which will allow them to discover Europe.

Already in April 2018, the ‘European Youth Together’ initiative(1) was launched under the current Erasmus+ programme. It aims to promote young people’s participation in European public life. Priorities are active citizenship, network-building, European values and citizenship, democratic participation and resilience and social inclusion.

Another example is the European Solidarity Corps which gives young people the chance to engage in society. Almost 62 000 young people have already signed up to it. The Commission proposes to reinforce the European Solidarity Corps under the next Financial Framework.

To further boost its efforts to empower and engage young people the Commission published its proposal for a new EU Youth Strategy on 22 May 2018. Its key priorities are fostering youth participation at all levels, boosting young people's engagement, and help ensure that their voices are heard in Union policy-making.

(1)https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/european-youth-together-eacea162018_en

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