EU Budget raises questions on inclusion and accessibility for youth
The European Commission last week announced a further breakdown of how it plans to invest in youth in the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), through the:
- Post-2020 Erasmus programme
- European Social Fund + (including the Youth Employment Initiative)
- Justice, Rights and Values Fund
These programme proposals are vital for young people in the upcoming EU budget. While there are many positive aspects that have been put forward, the Youth Forum states that there is room for improvement to ensure that this budget actively works for young people.
For example, the increase in funding for Erasmus to €30bn and the doubling of the youth chapter in actual funds to €3.1bn is good news for young people and youth organisations. However, in order to reach out to a wider group of young people (one of the priority areas for the programme) we still lack the necessary funding. For the Erasmus programme to be truly ambitious in achieving this goal, the European Youth Forum calls for the amount allocated to the youth chapter to be increased to 15%, as outlined in their policy paper on the future Erasmus programme.
To read the European Youth Forum’s statement on the budget proposals in full, click here.