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EPPC 2014 - European Public Policy Conference in Rome 03/12/2014 - 03/02/2015 Left Behind? New Realities for European Youth.

From April 11 - 13, 2014 public policy students from Europe and across the globe gathered in Rome to participate in the 6th annual European Public Policy Conference.

Students from Europe's leading public policy schools gathered from April 11 - 13, 2014 to engage with policymakers, academics and professionals in a series of panel debates and intensive workshops centered around three main topics which were the following:

> Youth Unemployment

Youth unemployment stands at nearly 25% across the European Union, reaching highs of over 55% in Spain and Greece. Amid such alarming numbers, talk of a so-called Lost Generation of Europeans has propelled policymakers into action. Will the EU’s plans for a Youth Guarantee work? What needs to be done to counter this trend?

> The Generation Gap

As austerity measures press on across the continent, young people are increasingly being shut out of permanent, stable employment in favour of short-term contracts and unpaid work. Is this generation facing fundamentally different prospects from that of its parents? And as welfare states struggle to adapt to precarious new labour markets, are older generations’ entitlements being protected at the expense of future ones?

> Disengaged and Turning Away?

How are Europe’s young people reacting to the crisis? Some are voting with their feet, setting up in new countries under difficult circumstances. Others are turning to growing Eurosceptic movements across the continent, to protest parties, or even to the re-emerging far right. Still others are disengaging altogether from public life. What are the risks and opportunities of this crisis for political and social culture among Europe’s youth?

For more information, please visit the website and read the post conference EPPC 2014 Report.

From April 11 - 13, 2014 public policy students from Europe and across the globe gathered in Rome to participate in the 6th annual European Public Policy Conference.

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