The paper evaluates both progresses and shortcomings in young people’s efforts to get more involved in EU democracy. Building on the valuable experience we had during our own project prior to the May 2019 European elections, and seeing the bigger picture of the recent years’ low youth involvement in the EU, the aim is also to reflect on the importance of the revived democratic participation in the context of the New Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen and its upcoming strategic agenda for 2019-2024.
The analysis stresses the fact that a clear and outspoken message was sent in these elections to EU representatives – that in order to be agents of change, young people need several key ingredients, besides their own constant engagement and strong will: the right support, willing political institutions that take them seriously and the right tools for participation adapted to the digital era. In the conclusions, the paper emphasises how much progress is still needed to maintain young citizens’ participation on long term with a series of concrete policy recommendations that focus on having a better understanding of how to communicate with young voters.
The Guidelines with Lessons Learnt on Youth Participation from the 2019 European Elections could be accessed here.