Eurobarometer: Ahead of the upcoming European elections, young people actively participate in civic and democratic life

The survey revealed that in the past year, a significant 64% of young Europeans have participated in the activities of one or more organisations.

The European elections, a crucial event in the EU calendar, are set to occur between June 6th and 9th. In anticipation of this, the European Commission has published a Eurobarometer survey on Youth and Democracy, a significant tool for understanding the youth’s political engagement. The survey reveals that 64% of young people plan to vote. However, it also highlights some concerns, with 38% considering voting as the most effective way to voice their opinions, while 19% express disinterest in politics, and 13% in voting.

The survey uncovers a wide array of interests and actions among young people. In the previous year, a substantial 64% have engaged in the activities of one or more organisations. Furthermore, 48% have taken steps to effect societal changes, be it by signing a petition, participating in a rally, or writing to a politician. Their interests encompass a broad spectrum, including human rights (34%), climate change and the environment (33%), health and well-being (29%), and equal rights for gender, race, or sexuality (29%).

The education system has effectively prepared young people for some of the challenges they encounter. For example, 73% of those surveyed stated that their education has provided them with the essential digital skills to identify disinformation. 72% reported that their education has instilled in them a sense of responsibility towards the environment. The survey also reveals that young people have a European perspective. Over 43% of them have engaged in some activity in another EU country, such as studying, training, volunteering, or working. Nearly half of the surveyed young people (49%) are aware of the funding opportunities offered by Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth, and sport. Furthermore, 67% of young people believe that the EU has an impact, to some extent, on their daily lives, while 26% disagree, and 7% are unsure.

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