Speechless in Europe, what does it mean? We asked young people on the streets how they understand SPEECHLESS, if they sometimes feel SPEECHLESS and what they know and think about Europe.
The answers are very interesting and gave us great insights! But look for yourself!
Do you like comics which deal with country stereotypes? Then there is a big chance that you will like „Scandinavia and the World” - a website dedicated to webcomics about the spirits of countries and how they interact. The American way of cooking, Germanys football obsession or the Eurovision Song Contest are just some of the subjects treated by the webcomics. Those who prefer moving pictures will be satisfied by the animated webcomics. You can also contribute to the project by joining the chat-forum of the website. It offers you different subjects to discuss, for instance country questions and offers you even the possibility to share your ideas for a new webcomic. So what are you waiting for – discover!
The European Youth Monitor is a great tool if you want to check out some statistics on young people in Europe. Mapping the 15 - 29 year aged group in Europe, the monitor provides information from 2010 onwards and is updated regularly, working on the basis of data provided by Eurostat or Eurobarometer surveys. The Youth monitor lists various factors on demography, culture, politics and health and also contains statistics on employment or activism and participation.
What does it say? For instance, that young people from Scandinavia move out earlier compared to other EU states. You can learn, that young Danish people are notably engaged into cutural activity and art, while the youth in Germany and the UK tends to volunteer a lot. And another number is remarkable: An average of nearly 50% of the European Youth is participating – in sport clubs, political and non-governemental organisations or in local communities.
Find out more about the youth in the EU: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/dashboard/index_en.htm
So, what is NEET?
The term NEET is used to describe young people who are not engaged in any form of employment, education or training. Young people in Europe have been hit particularly hard by the recession in terms of their employment prospects, so the term was used often in policy debates on employment situation of the youth in Europe.
NEETs are more likely to be politically and socially alienated according to study conducted by Eurofound a few years ago. Young people not in employment, education or training also have a lower level of interest and engagement in politics and lower levels of trust.
The likelihood of becoming a NEET is 70% higher for young people with an immigration background, having a disability or health issue is a strong risk factor, as well. Also, the lower the education level, the higher the risk to become NEET.
EU have been actively engaged in designing and implementing policy measures aimed at increasing the employability and overall employment participation of young people. Policy measures such as the Youth Guarantee scheme aim to reduce the time young people spend as NEET. This guarantee has a budget of 6 billion euros at EU level for supporting young people between 16-24 in finding jobs or training opportunities.
To learn more about the NEET situation click here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/emcc/labourmarket/youth
If you are interested in the concept of Youth Guarantee program click here:
Source: Eurofound and European Commission
How was your first impression? What did you miss? Have you changed? Those are just some questions answered by students of the German-French university. Several interviews are published on a proper blog. Among those, you’ll find the interview of Mégane, a 22 aged French student who studied one year in Paderborn in the western part of Germany. She appreciated the German university system and its developed services (library, cafeteria and student flats) just as the hot wine at the Christmas-markets. After all, she did miss French wine, cheese and baguette, but it was totally worth it: “I think that I learned way more living this experience abroad than I would have learned by staying in France”, says Mégane. Besides her improvement in German, she became more autonomous.
To read the whole interview (in French), click here.
To get to know the German-French study-programs, click here.
A beautiful white dress, white doves flying to the sky and “Till death do us part” seems to be the charming dream of marriage imagined by every little girl. Well, back to reality…Nowadays, marriage no longer excites most young Europeans. The English version of the blog “cafébabel” published a map showing how many Europeans between 16 to 29 years get married. Only Poland seems to resist, where still 21% of those youngsters say “Yes”. Expatriated polish youngsters might feel awkward in Iceland or Hungary, where only 6% get married between 16 to 29 years. “cafébabel” was created by Erasmus students in 2001. This participatory online magazine is written by young and for young people in Europe and available in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish. You want to be a part of it? Click here. “cafébabel” is amongst others supported by the European Commission.
For you, politicians are way too far away from ordinary people, especially young ones? Do you have the impression that they just pretend to care about your problems and your view of Europe? To prove wrong, the French information platform “Toute l’Europe” invites every month different experts which answer YOUR questions about European actuality. On Thursday, 28 may, it’s Frans Timmermanns, vice-president of the European Commission, who answers your questions from 14 to 15 o’clock. The subject: “1 year after the European elections”
You want to participate but you don’t have any idea what to ask referring to this subject? Well, you might want to know what has changed concretely with the commission of Jean-Claude Juncker? What did it achieve in one year? What is the European commission going to do about rising euro-scepticism? Of course, those are just some ideas to inspire you…
The Dutch Frans Timmermans has amongst others worked at the ministry of foreign affairs in La Haye, at the embassy of the Netherlands in Moscow after becoming vice-president of the European commission.
You could send your question to Frans Timmermans (from now on), click here.