Witness series – Youth In Europe: How the Council of Europe-EU partnership helps vulnerable young Europeans

In the first of a new week-long ‘Witness’ series on youth, Karin Lopatta-Loibl discusses the barriers to social exclusion which confront young people in vulnerable situations.

“We want to empower young people and bring out their potential,” says the European Union’s Directorate General for Education and Culture Youth Policy Officer, in this podcast interview. “We want to see what they need to be autonomous and to live a self-defined autonomous life.”

The potential of Europe’s young people is “huge,” Lopatta-Loibl says and adds that “we cannot afford losing any of them along the way.

“Money should not be the key issue. It’s important to create a link and a relationship of trust to show them where their potential lies.”

The EU is a partner with the Council of Europe in developing youth policies. Lopatta-Loibl took part in a Strasbourg expert meeting on ‘Mapping of barriers to social inclusion for young people in vulnerable situations,’ earlier this month, ahead of November’s high profile youth policy conference in Malta.

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