4.8 Current debates and reforms
Currently the main issue under discussion regarding the social inclusion of young people is the need to design a 2017-2020 Action Plan, corresponding to the 2020 Youth Strategy.
At a parliamentary level in the Congress of Deputies during the XII legislature, the Popular Parliamentary Group requested the apperence of the representative of the Association of Youth and Social Inclusion (Asociación de Jóvenes e Inclusión Social) before the Committee on the Rights of Children and Adolescents to present proposals and suggestions to favour the inclusion of the youth at risk.
Beyond the updating of the plans for inclusion and the abovementioned parliamentary activity, there is no prospect in the future for the development of legislation related to the social inclusion of young people. The new National Strategy for the prevention and fight against poverty and social exclusion has kept this approach too.
As new challenges, while deepening the objectives already proposed in the plans, some points to consider are: · The inclusion of disadvantaged young people in the information society and communication to avoid social gaps that lead to economic gaps · Integration, cohesion and social and democratic participation. Channelling the political, social and cultural participation of youth · Meeting the demographic challenge. Reverting the aging trend of the population pyramid in Spain and favour the increase of the birth rate among young Spaniards · Strengthen the European identity of young Spaniards and their democratic spirit.