Youth Goals: #6 Moving Rural Youth Forward

This is the seventh article out of 12 about the European Youth Goals, written by Citizens of Europe editorial staff.

What are the Youth Goals?

The Youth Goals are 11 purposes that young Europeans consider as political priorities in nowaday European Union.

These goals were developed during a meeting cycle between young Europeans and decision makers: the “EU Youth Dialogue – Youth in Europe: What’s next?” , that took place between 2017/2018.

After those meetings the Council of European Union decides to give more space to the issues that affect young people in its political agendaby creating new and different paths for supporting them to improve their skills.

The EU Youth Dialogue – Youth in Europe: What’s next? is a dialogue mechanism and it was an essential part of the EU Youth Strategy 2019- 2027. The main purpose of this strategy is to create a more democratic and equal society thought by and for young people.

Moving Rural Youth Forward

Despite one third of Europeans were living in rural area by 2015, a lot of them are not enough involved in democratic process. Many young people think they can’t get the same chances of their peers living in urban areas and this is the reason why EU wants to find a balance improving the opportunities for the one who are living in rural areas.

For instance, the lack of infrastructure and the difficulty to move easily, it’s one of the reason that push many young people to move in urban areas, where there are more services.

One of the main purpose of this Youth Goal is to improve the infrastructure in order to provide equitable delivery of public services, interrnet access and housing opportunities for young people.

In this way the local community can get more benefits and urban areas would not be under pressure thanks to the decentralisation process.


  • Guarantee that sustainable, high quality jobs, accessible to young people are created in rural areas.

  • Guarantee the decentralisation of different activities in order to support youth inclusion and to benefit local communities.

  • Guarantee that young people in rural areas are actively participating in decision-making processes.

  • Guarantee equal access to high quality education for young people in rural areas.