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Should all traineeships be paid or funded? I say yes!

Updated: Nov 9, 2023

European Youth Hearing 2023


78% of young Europeans did at least one internship, but only 55% of them received financial compensation, according to the latest Eurobarometer 2023, and it is clear that traineeships are for most people the access door to the labour market.

Traineeships must be remunerated, not everyone can afford working for free. Basic cost of living necessities must be covered such as food, housing and transportation, as it is for the Erasmus+ Program for example. We must guarantee equal chances to everyone!


As a follow up to 2023’s European Youth Event (EYE2023), on November 7, young people discussed on with MEPs the EYE2023 ideas that gained the most support in a public hearing

Among them, the proposal for all traineeships to be paid or funded as part of the “Youth Ideas Report” with the concerns of young voters ahead of the 2024 European Elections.


Background The Youth Ideas Report, published in 24 languages, is the culmination of the EYE2023 event where 8,500 young people met on 9-10 June in Strasbourg to share and shape their own views on the future of Europe. It comprises the 15 most popular ideas on issues important for young people, e.g. on tackling disinformation, traineeships, reproductive and sexual health education, climate change, food waste and more.

The European Youth Event brings together thousands of young people from all over the European Union and the world. It is a unique opportunity for 16- to 30-year-olds to interact, inspire each other and exchange views with experts, activists, influencers and decision-makers, right in the heart of European democracy. The 2023 event focused on the 2024 European elections, the role of democracy, and youth engagement.


Find out more on my report on Quality Traineeships here.

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