The partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth organised a Perspectives on Youth seminar on 7-9 November 2022, at the European Youth Centre Budapest, in Hungary. The seminar brought together 35 participants, including young people, youth work practitioners, policy-makers and researchers, to discuss and reflect on the topic of young people’s autonomy and independence. This event was organised as one of the key activities under the European Year of Youth 2022.
Purpose of the seminar
The seminar aimed to stimulate critical discussions around young people’s autonomy and search for economic and financial independence, in the context of economic, political and social uncertainty, financial and economic crisis and precarity. It covered the following topics: youth unemployment rates, contemporary nature of work, including contractual precarity, unpaid labour/internships, quality of jobs for young people, and the resulting social and economic issues, that need to be addressed by the youth policy and practice, such as in-work poverty, housing and financial literacy. Finally, it explored the potential policy instruments and practices, such as targeted youth employment programmes, training and mentoring.