Youth Pact 2017-2020

The transversal political priorities for young people are defined every five years by an interdepartmental committee based on a national report on the situation of young people (rapport national sur la situation de la jeunesse ) in Luxembourg with an approach referring to scientific results and involving young people.

The national report 2015 prepared by the University of Luxembourg and published early 2016 resulted in the proposal for a national youth action plan (plan d’action national de la jeunesse) or Youth Pact 2017-2020. In February 2017 the ministry submitted this text for discussion to the actors of the youth sector and the text was adopted by the government in July 2017.

The national youth action plan defines the strategic objectives of the government's youth policy until 2020 with reference to three key aspects of the transition of young people to adulthood, as they were identified in the national report 2015: 

  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Citizenship

In order to help young people’s transition to finding a job and particularly the most vulnerable of them (school dropouts; those suffering from a disability or from psychological distress, etc.), three lines of action were defined: 

  • improve the knowledge of risk groups ;
  • strengthen the capacity of young people with deficiencies in formal education and non-formal education while emphasising the role of socio-educational options (Jugendarbeit) ;
  • develop the Youth Guarantee scheme with actors from the job market.

With the aim to assist young people to find housing possibilities, especially those who come from foster homes or those who may not rely on financial assistance from their family, political action is focussing on the following three objectives: 

  • develop and define a joint approach for the various services in the education, youth, family and housing sectors including, among others, a future reference framework "Aide à l’enfance" ;
  • increase the availability of suitable housing possibilities for young people who are experiencing difficulties during their transition to adulthood ;
  • facilitate – especially at the regulatory level – alternative housing options (flat sharing, intergenerational housing facilities).

In order to promote political and associative participation of young people, the aim of the government policy is to:

  • strengthen participatory approaches in formal and non-formal education and include young people  who are not part of a youth organisation in the Structured dialog (Dialogue structuré) ;
  • develop inclusive participation for underrepresented groups in citizen’s activities (young women, young people with foreign origins, with disabilities) ;
  • strengthen the numerous actors (high schools, non-formal education structures, Youth Parliament, etc.) by implementing a coordinated exchange platform under the lead of the Zentrum fir politesch Bildung (ZpB).

The full set of objectives is detailed in the The Youth Pact (Jugendpakt - plan d’action national de la jeunesse).

The implementation of the Youth Pact is coordinated by the interdepartmental committee for youth (comité interministériel de la jeunesse), comprising representatives of ministries and administrations in charge of youth, national education, housing, employment, family, integration, equal opportunities, culture, sport, health and justice. It is assessed on an annual basis.

Useful links

Rapport national et plan (national report and plan)

Youth Wiki Luxembourg

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