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  GRANTS FOR THE YOUNG GENERATION IN AN INNOVATIVE, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE EUROPE
YOUNG-1-2014 Early job insecurity and labour market exclusion CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeUnemployment among young people in the EU has risen very sharply since the breakout of the financial crisis in 2008, reaching unprecedented levels. However, for over a decade the unemployment rate of young people in the EU remained...
YOUNG-2-2014 Youth mobility: opportunities, impacts, policies CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeSince the beginning of European integration, free movement of workers and of persons has been one of the fundamental freedoms of the EC/EU. At the same time, the lack of internal mobility on the European labour market is often quoted...
YOUNG-3-2015 Lifelong learning for young adults: better policies for growth and inclusion in Europe CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeIt is obvious that investing appropriately in adult education will contribute to overcoming the economic and social crisis and meeting the Europe 2020 targets on employment, poverty reduction, education, sustainability, innovation....
YOUNG-4-2015 The young as a driver of social change CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeMeeting the challenges of the ageing population and a transformation into a more sustainable social and economic model, characterised by growing scarcity of resources, greater consideration for the natural environment, living under...
YOUNG-5-2014 Societal and political engagement of young people and their perspectives on Europe CALL CLOSED
Specific challengeSince its creation, the European Union has been constantly changing, shaped by European citizens, and young people represent both its present and its future. Consequently, exploring the perspectives of young people on Europe and...
In the context of the changing demographic structure of the society, Europe's future prosperity and sustainability largely depends on the ability to take advantage of the potential of all generations, including both older people and the young. Especially in the times of economic and financial crisis Europe needs a strong young generation to be a driver of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth that will ensure long-term development.

However, the current situation of the young in the EU is very difficult: of those young people already in the labour market nearly one in four is jobless, and in some parts of Europe the youth unemployment rate reaches 50%, while the crisis has also reduced the protective effect of education. At the same time, the transition from education to labour market has become more difficult with longer jobless periods, higher likelihood of getting only temporary contracts and of getting a job below qualifications. Such a situation leads to delays in starting independent lives and a lack of motivation to start a family or to participate actively in the society and politics. In the long run it stipulates lower future earnings, insufficient social security protection, higher risk of poverty and a loss of human capital. In a fast-changing society, the challenges faced by young people are numerous, including related to their social background. Especially affected by these risks are young people with migration background and disabilities, who have to face multi-discrimination. Due to this, Europe is now facing the risk of the emergence of a new “lost generation”, whose life perspective is bleak and whose situation can have dire long-term economic and social consequences leading to a decrease of the well-being and the human development of all European citizens.