31. August 2018
“The failure to invest in youth reflects a lack of compassion and a colossal failure of common sense.” - Coretta Scott King
EU decision-makers recognise the fact that youth engagement in society serves as an important tool for democratic development. Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union for instance gives the EU powers to promote youth participation in democratic life. At the same time, there are many indications that the socio-economic divide has widened significantly in the past few decades, while social exclusion and poverty are affecting more and more people across Europe, especially young people. It is thus very important to have a better understanding of the correlations between education, socio-economic status, and the level of civic and social engagement of young people.