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01.08.2023 - Article

Family, Seniors, Women and Youth

The Department for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth is the division in the Permanent Representation to the European Union responsible for socio-political issues such as family, senior citizens, gender equality, youth and civic engagement policy.

Currently, the focus is on gender equality issues, anti-discrimination and youth policy.

I. Equality policy

In the area of equality and anti-discrimination, the unit follows and monitors the activities of the Union, in particular with regard to the following priorities:

  • EU Gender Equality Strategy for 2020-2025
  • Equal pay
  • Women in leadership positions
  • Women and poverty
  • Protection of women against violence
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Equality of LGBTIQ persons

II. Children and Youth Policy

In the area of youth, the unit monitors and accompanies the activities of the Union, particularly with regard to the following priorities:

  • Youth work/ youth social work
  • European Youth Strategy
  • Erasmus+ „Youth in Action“ programme
  • European Solidarity Corps (ESC)
  • Children's rights (incl. protection of children against violence and abuse)

Other topics:

  • Family policy (reconciliation of work and family or care / work-life balance, European Child Guarantee, child poverty, migration and refugees)
  • Senior citizen policy (demographic change, active aging (Active Ageing Index) )
  • Engagement policy / promotion of democracy (civic engagement, voluntary services, „Europe for Citizens“ programme, promotion of democracy)
  • Welfare and social innovation (Social Economy)

Further information:

EU gender equality strategy: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/de/ip_20_358

EU LGBTIQ Strategy: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/de/ip_20_2068

European Solidarity Corps: https://www.solidaritaetskorps.de/

EU Youth Strategy: https://youth.europa.eu/strategy_de

EU Youth Dialogue: https://jugenddialog.de/jugenddialog/in-europa/

Franziska Grevel heads the division.


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