STAKEHOLDERS’ FORUM was held on 21.February 2023,

P&V Foundation, Rue Royale 151, 1210 Brussels 

Forum agenda

“YOUNG IN: co-creating evidence based solutions for the future”

 In the context of a global climate, energy and cost of living crisis young people are continuing to make their way in the world by trying to find work, choosing or not to start a family and trying to have their voice heard in decisions that affect their lives. The COST Action CA17114 “Transdisciplinary solutions to cross sectoral disadvantage in youth” (YOUNG-IN) has been bringing together researchers from 32 European countries since September 2018 to investigate how young people today are managing these transitions and the often-multiple inequalities and barriers that they face. It is with urgency that these findings need to be shared with young people, representatives of youth NGOs, education practitioners, advocacy organisations, and policy makers from European countries and EU institutions. For this purpose, a stakeholder’s forum “YOUNG IN: co-creating evidence-based solutions for the future” was held at 21. February 2023 in Brussels.

The forthcoming forum brings to light the most interesting and novel findings in these areas and provides an opportunity to discuss them with youth stakeholders. The one-day forum consisted  of six thematic panels that included invited representatives of youth stakeholders’ groups.  Each panel was based on the evidence based policy brief that serves as a kick-off point for discussion and co-creation of policy recommendations.

The forum contributes to youth-responsive policy making and endorses youth political engagement. It echoes the vision of the European Commission to reinforce social protection systems for all in light of ongoing and new challenges, in particular the social investment turn, to inform debates at EU and national levels and inspire reforms.

The event was organized by the CA17114 in partnership with Vrije Universitet Brussels. The event has benefitted from the financial support by the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology)


YOUNG-IN scientific team releases six thematic policy briefs

This policy briefs contain 24 recommendations for policymakers and are based upon the work of more than 50 experts from COST Action CA17114, “Transdisciplinary solutions to crosssectoral disadvantage in youth”, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

These are:

  • Policy Paper No.1 GENDER INEQUALITIES IN BECOMING A PARENT: How to Increase Gender Equality in Work-Family Balance

It is based on the volume edited by Emirhafizović, M., Heiman, T., Medgyesi, M., Pinhero Mota, C., Tomanović, S., Vella, S. (2022). Family Formation Among Youth in Europe: Coping with Socio-Economic Disadvantages, Information Age Publishing Inc. (IAP)

  • Policy Paper No. 2 CONSEQUENCES OF CURRENT LABOUR MARKET RISKS FOR FUTURE PENSIONS: How to Ensure an Adequate Old-Age Income for Young Europeans

It is based on edited volume by Dirk Hofäcker & Kati Kuitto (Eds.): Youth Employment Insecurity and Pension Adequacy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, forthcoming in Spring 2023.

  • Policy Paper No. 3 YOUTH WELLBEING DURING CRISES: How to Improve Young People’s Resilience Through Civic Engagement

It is based on the article: Marciniak M., Jaskulska S., Gasparovic S., Janiūnaitė B., Horbačauskienė J., Glavak Tkalić R., The Psychological Well-Being and Civic Engagement of Polish, Croatian and Lithuanian Academic Students during COVID-19 Outbreak, “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health” 2022, 19(18).

  • Policy Paper No. 4 REDUCING NEET RATE: How to Compose Efficient Policy Packages

It is based on the article: Lauri, T., Chevalier, T., Broka, A., Toots, A., Hofäcker, D. (forthcoming). Configurational comparative analysis of youth welfare regimes in Europe: focus on outcome dimension, submitted to the Journal of European Social Policy.

  • Policy Paper No. 5 GENDER GAP IN CONFIDENCE TO GET INVOLVED IN POLITICS: How to Reduce It by Making Citizenship Education Inclusive

It is based on the research paper “Gender Differences in the Effect of an Open Classroom Climate at School on the Development of Political Self-Efficacy”, presented at the panel “Political learning” at the European Conference of Politics and Gender (ECPG), University of Ljubljana

  • Policy Paper No. 6 STUDENTS DROPPING OUT: How to Design Student Financing to Support School Attendance

It is based on the research article Kalalahti et al. (forthcoming).

Read more about a policy briefs.