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Published:  6 May 2022

New Eurobarometer survey shows growing youth engagement

A majority (58%) of young people are active in the societies they live in and have participated in one or more youth organisations over the last 12 months.

Today, the Commission published its Flash Eurobarometer on Youth and Democracy, conducted between 22 February and 4 March 2022. With the European Year of Youth in full swing, and at the end of the Conference on the future of Europe - where youth played a crucial part – it allows to take stock of the sentiment among the young generation.

Key results

The new Eurobarometer survey shows growing youth engagement: today, a majority (58%) of young people are active in the societies they live in and have participated in one or more youth organisations over the last 12 months. This is an increase of 17 percentage points since last Eurobarometer in 2019.

In addition, young people's most common expectation for the 2022 European Year of Youth is for decision-makers to listen more to their demands and act on them, and to support their personal, social and professional development (72%).

Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine has reinforced young people's conviction that preserving peace, reinforcing international security and promoting international cooperation is the very first objective of the EU (37%).

The next highest expectations are for the EU to

  • increase job opportunities for young people (33%)
  • fight poverty and economic and social inequalities (32%)
  • promote environmentally friendly policies and fight climate change (31%)

New “Voice your Vision” platform

Today, the Commission is also launching a new online tool, the “Voice your Vision” platform, to make it easier for young Europeans to make their voice heard. On this platform, Europeans can record their opinions and ideas for the future of the European project. 

Published:  6 May 2022