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Mental health and the pandemic

Briefing 09-07-2021

While the pandemic is primarily a physical health crisis, it has also had widespread impact on people's mental health, inducing, among other things, considerable levels of fear, worry, and concern. The growing burden on mental health has been referred to by some as the 'second' or 'silent' pandemic. While negative mental health consequences affect all ages, young people, in particular, have been found to be at high risk of developing poor mental health. Specific groups have been particularly hard ...

The financial allocation for the European Solidarity Corps programme is €1 009 million at current prices. Projected to offer opportunities for 350 000 18 to 30 year olds from 2021 to 2027, the programme is included under Heading 5 'Promoting our European way of life' of the Commission priorities. In its initial phases, the European Solidarity Corps suffered from unsuccessful branding and communication, as it came into direct competition with two similar programmes, the European Voluntary Service ...

Young adults whose highest level of education is at or below lower secondary school level are considered early leavers from education and training. Policy efforts have brought down their numbers to ratios that are very close to the EU target. Nevertheless all those who fall into this category suffer considerable disadvantage as they are more likely to be out of employment and less likely to engage in further education and training than others of their age group with a higher level of education. The ...

The next generation, sometimes referred to as 'Generation Z' or 'Gen Z', includes children and young people born after 1995/1996. Also known as the 'iGeneration' they are the first digital natives: they have grown up with smartphones and tablets, and most have internet access at home. While, in the EU, they are the most diverse generation when it comes to their origins, and best educated, in terms of level of education, they are the most vulnerable, including on the labour market. They are the generation ...

This paper defines loot boxes and describes their behavioural effects, including problematic behaviour. It examines the regulatory framework at EU and national level within which loot boxes operate, provides an overview of public and industry practices, and derives recommendations. Framing the debate around loot boxes, away from gambling and towards consumer protection, would provide the EU with an array of tools to address problematic practices and minimise potential harm, especially for minors. ...

This paper defines loot boxes and describes their behavioural effects, including problematic behaviour. It examines the regulatory framework at EU and national level within which loot boxes operate, provides an overview of public and industry practices, and derives recommendations. Framing the debate around loot boxes, away from gambling and towards consumer protection, would provide the EU with an array of tools to address problematic practices and minimise potential harm, especially for minors. ...

Dix questions essentielles à suivre en 2020

Analyse approfondie 06-01-2020

Cette quatrième édition de la publication annuelle de l’EPRS vise à proposer un éclairage sur dix problématiques et domaines d’action susceptibles de figurer parmi les priorités politiques de l’Union européenne au cours de l’année à venir. Les thèmes analysés sont la biodiversité, les politiques de l’Union européenne pour l’enfance, l’ère de la 5G, le prix de la transition énergétique, la «ludification» de la démocratie européenne, les solutions possibles pour la politique européenne d’asile, le ...

La proportion de jeunes (15 à 29 ans) dans l’ensemble de la population de l’Union est en déclin. Globalement, les jeunes ont un niveau d’éducation plus élevé que les adultes plus âgés, et le taux de chômage des jeunes a commencé à diminuer. Néanmoins, les jeunes demeurent plus exposés à la pauvreté et à l’exclusion sociale que d’autres catégories de population. Ils sont moins enclins à mettre en danger leur santé que les générations précédentes. Par exemple, moins de jeunes fument, s’enivrent, ou ...

L’Union européenne a commencé à lutter contre le chômage dès le début des années 50, en promouvant depuis lors un niveau d’emploi élevé. Avec la crise financière et économique de 2008 et l’augmentation des taux de chômage qui s’en est suivie dans l’ensemble des États membres de l’Union, la lutte contre le chômage a été placée en tête des priorités européennes. Dans sa stratégie «Europe 2020», la Commission européenne s’est fixé l’objectif de parvenir à un taux d’emploi de 75 % de la population âgée ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee reviews the effectiveness of European Union funding targeting the elimination of gender-based violence. It investigates the relevance of the priorities and actions funded, and the extent to which the results address programme objectives and provide direct support to victims of violence. The study concludes with policy recommendations on the priorities ...