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Youth context in Romania – Let`s take a look!

The society we live in has started to recognize that there are serious concerns that affect the youth. Some issues have always been there, but the events and trends in recent years had brought new challenges that Generation Z has to face nowadays.

At YouthSpeak Forum Talks, youth will have the opportunity to state their opinions and concerns regarding these issues and create solutions that we can act on.

It is our responsibility as youth to address these challenges and create a framework that will enable our generation to thrive in Romania.

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Today’s Youth generation in Romania faces challenges like:

Education: Even though education represents a national priority and experts are speaking for quite some time about changing the paradigm in education, the progress is slow, and there many key features that need to be tackled in order to improve the system.

Romania needs education adapted to the current economic context and to the particularities of youth.

Employment: Youth unemployment is a major concern, especially now with the current labor market context. The offer of entry-level vacancies is lower than the demand and most of the employers require working experience and higher education.

A relevant study says that 1 out of 5 young people in Romania aged between 20 and 34 years is neither in employment nor in education or training.

Entrepreneurship: The Romanian entrepreneurial ecosystem has grown in recent years thanks to the financing opportunities for start-ups. However, there are few grants specifically designed for students and graduates.

Also, the hubs and co-working spaces network is still underdeveloped compared to other European countries.

Personal development opportunities: Qualitative non-formal education opportunities for adolescents and young people is one direction that policy-makers are focusing on.

Most opportunities in these directions are offered by NGOs and are only available in big cities.

Participation and volunteering: Volunteering based youth-led and youth-serving non-governmental organizations had increased their role and their impact on society. However, we still need to create an environment that fosters volunteering in Romania.

We need to improve the system of volunteer work certification and public recognition, as well as raising public awareness of the importance of volunteering engagement.

Social inclusion of young people: Youth empowerment has been a trend in the EU countries
thanks to the structured dialogue direction set by the European Commission.

Some specific goals for Romania are to promote inclusive measures for youth with the aim of facilitating access to the formal labor market, to now-formal education, to health, and to create and implement special support measures for socially vulnerable groups.


AIESEC in Romania was founded in 1990, being present in 13 cities with 14 local committees. Since then we constantly helped students and communities bridge the gap between education and employability. In the last years, we have been awarded in the global plenary of AIESEC as pioneers for our initiatives in Romania.

We are a youth-run, non-governmental, and not-for-profit organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and is recognized by UNESCO.