New publication – European Youth Voices

New publication – European Youth Voices

The European Youth Voices project and the resulting publication aim to address the main issues and key priorities for youth as defined within the EU Youth Strategy in five countries: Serbia, Italy, Austria, Poland, and Latvia. 

The project focuses on youth policies at the national and European levels through the development of a comparative analysis and a set of recommendations for the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 at the national level. Simultaneously, the project aims to create a European network of youth, youth workers, activists, and other relevant stakeholders to provide more opportunities and initiatives for achieving the 11 European youth goals outlined in the EU Youth Strategy. 

The 11 European youth goals include: Connecting the EU with youth, Gender equality, Inclusive societies, Information and constructive dialogue, Mental health and well-being, Progress of rural youth, Quality employment for all, Quality learning, Space and participation for all, Sustainable Green Europe, and Youth organizations and European programs. 

The EU Youth Strategy focuses on three main areas of action: 1. Inclusion – significant civic, economic, social, cultural, and political participation of young people in EU life to have a voice in the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies affecting them; 2. Connection – various forms of mobility supported through various EU youth programs; 3. Empowerment – for the first time, the youth sector is a focal point of the new strategy, acting as a catalyst for empowering young people across Europe. 

Some of the conclusions reached by the research team include: 

  • Youth Goal #1: Connecting the EU with youth is the goal least included in national policy documents. Research shows that, except for Serbia, young people generally view the European Union positively. 
  • Youth Goal #6: Progress of rural youth is among the goals more included in national policy documents. Research results show that young people disagree with claims that living conditions in rural areas are good. 
  • Youth Goal #9: Space and participation for all is among the youth goals with a higher degree of inclusion in national policy documents. Research results show that respondents disagree that political institutions in their countries allow them to influence decision-making. 
  • Youth Goal #11: Youth organizations and European programs are moderately included in national policy documents. Most young people have not participated in EU programs, although they consider them useful and are interested in participating. 


For more detailed conclusions on these goals and the remaining 6 goals, you can read the publication. In addition, our research team has provided recommendations for improving the implementation of European youth goals, both in general and specific terms. 

The research was conducted from April to July 2023 and consisted of three parts: 1. Desk analysis; 2. Online surveys; and 3. Focus groups. 


Club for Youth Empowerment 018 (KOM 018) from Serbia in cooperation with organizations: Beyond Borders ETS – Italy, Association for Active Life and Education (ACTIVE) – Austria, Idea4Life – Poland, Piedzīvojuma gars (PG) – Latvia and national youth councils: National Youth Council of Serbia (KOMS) – Serbia, Consiglio Nazionale dei Giovani (CNG) – Italy, Polska Rada Organizacji Mlodziezowych (PROM) – Poland, and National Youth Council of Latvia (LJP) – Latvia implements “European Youth Voices” project to address major youth issues and key priorities of young people in 5 participating countries: Serbia, Italy, Austria, Latvia and Poland as stated in EU Youth Strategy and 11 Youth Goals. The project focuses on mainstreaming youth policies on national and European level though development of comparative analysis and set of recommendations for bringing EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027 on national levels while also creating European network of young people, youth workers, activists and other relevant stakeholders who will contribute to more opportunities and initiatives for achievement of defined 11 European Youth Goals. Project “European Youth Voices” is implemented in the period 01.12.2022 to 30.11.2024 and is co-financed by the European Union through Erasmus + European Youth Together.