Youth Participation: Main Focus of the European Youth Week 2013
On the occasion of the European Youth Week, 26 May-2 June 2013, the European Commission has released three documents about youth participation in democratic life.
According to a new Eurobarometer poll on “European Youth: Participation in Democratic Life” 64% of young people say they are likely to vote in the 2014 European elections with only 28% of the respondents being certain that they will vote.
The primary objective of the survey conducted in April 2013 amongst 13,000 young people was to study young EU citizens’ participation in society, with special reference to attitudes towards participation in elections and intentions to participate in the European elections in 2014.
The Commission has also released a Study, realised by the London School of Economics, on “Youth participation in Democratic life” according to which young people are interested in political issues that concern them and willing to contribute. They want politics to change, but they also want to participate in it. Internet and new technologies are seen as means for improved participation. Young people also request more information about politics and elections and consider specific institutional settings that could improve their participation and representation. Grassroots and community-based youth organisations are successful in motivating young people to get involved.
Finally, a Report on Political Participation and EU citizenship produced by the Eurydice and Policy Support Unit in the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Commission examines recent Eurobarometer surveys on European citizenship, Europeans’ engagement in participatory democracy and European elections, and looks at how young people define their own citizenship and judge different forms of political participation. According to the report, 69% of the young respondents (against approximately 60% from the older age group) believe that being part of the European Union is part of their citizenship. Only 30% of young Europeans state that they feel exclusively citizens of their country (against approximately 38% from the older age group).
European Youth: Participation in Democratic LifE
Youth participation in Democratic life
Political Participation and EU Citizenship: Perceptions and Behaviours of Young People