Reports 2014

Missing a generation in EU politics - How to involve young Europeans?

7 April 2014


The European Union has always struggled to build a strong relation with its electorate and the results of the 2009 European elections showed that turnout is still declining but also significantly lower than in national elections. The percentage of young people that voted in these elections was even lower, with an average of 29% for the age group 18-24 and 36% for the age group 25-36. FutureLab Europe and the EPC brought together many bright minds from across Europe for this 12th Europe@debate to launch a report: authored Missing a generation in EU politics – How to involve young Europeans? which focused on the involvement of the younger generations in the forthcoming European elections and on EU affairs in general. It was presented to László Andor, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, who delivered a keynote speech. A panel debate with three MEPs followed.