European Youth Week: “Our future in our hands”

Commissioner Gabriel will respond to young people's questions on how the new Erasmus+ and ESC programmes will create more opportunities for them

Photo: EU Mariya Gabriel.

Starting on Monday, the European Youth Week, will host from 24 to 30 May various events and inspiring sessions across Europe focusing on the theme “Our future in our hands”.

The European Youth Week creates a space for young people to discuss relevant topics, contribute to initiatives, and learn more about EU opportunities in the field of youth.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, will participate in a panel debate on Wednesday and respond to young people's questions on how the new Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes will create more opportunities for youth and boost Europe's recovery.

Commissioner Gabriel commented that this European Youth Week aims to foster youth participation by engaging, connecting and empowering young people.

She said that it is the perfect launch pad for their ideas on how the EU works for them, and on the role they can play in our post-Covid recovery. 

“The new Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes offer a wealth of opportunities that can be true game-changers for young people in this process. I am looking forward to interacting with young people, in various formats, over the coming week, and working together to shape their future,” she underlined.

During the panel debate “Youth Participation starts here”, Commissioner Gabriel together with MEP and rapporteur for European Solidarity Corps Michaela Šojdrová, Vice-President of the European Youth Forum Frédéric Piccavet and Hugo Ferreira, a former European Solidarity Corps volunteer from Portugal, will discuss how new programmes will strengthening young citizens’ engagement in decision-making.

They will also focus on embracing inclusion and diversity, encouraging organisations and individuals to step up green practices, driving digital transformation and contributing to post-Covid recovery and building resilience.

Questions for the panel debate can be posted before the event on social media using #EUYouthWeek. The event could be followed live, from 13:30 on 26 May.

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