Joint statement by EU Commissioners Mimica, Thyssen, Navracsics, and Gabriel on the occasion of International Youth Day 2019

August 12, 2019
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The European Commission joins the celebration of this year’s International Youth Day, the theme of which is “Transforming Education”, highlighting efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel said:

“Today we are celebrating International Youth Day. This is an important occasion to reflect upon the fact that too many young people live in war zones, are out of school and are affected by poverty, social exclusion, poor health care, gender inequality and the impacts of climate change.

Providing effective solutions to these challenges, achieving sustainable peace and building cohesive and resilient societies in which young people can thrive, are priorities for the European Union. For this purpose, the EU is committed to implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals across its policies.


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia