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Increased Protection of Youth Rights in the EU PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Amela   
Thursday, 06 October 2016 07:43

In order to better protect youth rights, the Council of Europe adopted the Recommendation on young people's access to rights. The Recommendation is intended to protect youth's civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, which youth are routinely deprived of in many European countries. 

As stated in the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion, one in five young people are at risk for poverty and social exclusion, which, according to many, made these measures necessary.

By adopting the Recommendation, the Ministers of the Council of Europe made a big step in protecting the rights of young people.

The need for these steps is substantiated by data pointing to a low representation of youth in political and decision-making processes, and youth are faced with substantial barriers when accessing rights to a quality employment, education and health protection.


The Member States who signed the Recommendation are now obligated to intensify their efforts on empowering youth to access their rights, They must also perform their own analyses and work on removing the barriers faced by youth when accessing their rights at the local and state level.

Johanna Nyman, President of the European Youth Forum is very pleased by the action taken by the members of the Council of Europe, and the adoption of the Recommendation on Young People's Access to Rights.

“This Recommendation from the Council of Europe has been a long time coming! Young people across Europe are routinely deprived of their rights and so we are happy to finally see some commitment from Member States to tackling this. Now what we want is real action by Governments to prioritising young people and their rights.” – said Johanna Nyman, President of the European Youth Forum.

The Recommendation is available at: http://mladi.org/url/b8

The explanatory memorandum is available at: http://mladi.org/url/b9

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