We believe in youth and we believe that every child and young person should be given all the chances to succeed.

This is why we are calling for a European Youth Plan based on four pillars - youth guarantee, Erasmus for all, culture cheques and a child guarantee - to provide a better future for our youth and for the European Union.


Youth guarantee - how it all started

Maybe you are wondering where it all started?

We are currently leading a campaign to call for a comprehensive European Youth Plan to improve young people's lives. But it all started with a campaign for a youth guarantee, to ensure that all people aged 18-25 were not left out - learn more about it in our special website

PES regrets inconsistency of European Commission on Youth Guarantee

The Party of European Socialists welcomes the European Commission’s positive assessment of the Youth Guarantee programme but regrets the lack of financial support consistent with that assessment.

Stanishev in open letter to Juncker and Thyssen: Youth should remain on the EU’s priority list

The PES deeply regrets the fact that the European Commission’s draft budget for 2017 does not include additional commitments for the Youth Employment Initiative. We count on the European Parliament and European Council to push for extra money for this important priority.

Campaign video

"We don't want to become a lost generation - we need an European Plan for the Youth"

Vendula, Elisa, Lotfi, Lora, Sonja, Fatou, Neil and Enric share their hopes for the future and explain why the Youth Plan is a campaign worth fighting for!



A "European Culture Cheque": Culture has a transformative power that can help promote social cohesion, solidarity and the engagement of the young in solving social problems. We want young people to have critical thinking, to develop their own ideas, to be independent, creative and able to understand the complexity of the world by themselves...


A permanent European Youth Guarantee: The Youth Guarantee is a European initiative launched by the European Union in April 2013, thanks to the Party of European Socialists. It consists on the guarantee that all young people finishing their education will be offered a job, apprenticeship, traineeship or opportunity for continued education within a four month period, after finishing school or losing their job...


Erasmus for all: The iconic Erasmus international exchange programme is undoubtedly a great example of how Europe can bring added value to its citizens. It is one of the EU’s success stories, offering life-changing exchange opportunities to young people, opening up their minds and helping them build both their European citizenship and future career...


Introducing a European Child guarantee : Children are one of the most vulnerable groups in the face of economic hardship. More than 1 in 4 children in the EU are at risk of poverty or social exclusion. We think they shouldn’t bear the consequences of the crisis and can no longer tolerate this situation.