(SIR Europe – Brussels) – "Teenagers in difficulty: support policy in Europe urgently needed": an international meeting on this issue, promoted by Action for teenagers is taking place at the European Parliament of Brussels on November 15th. The event is sponsored by Joseph Daul (President of the People’s Party group at the European Parliament), Gabi Zimmer (President of the European United Left), and Guy Verhofstadt (Liberal Democrat leader). The goal declared by the promoters is to draw the attention of the Commission, the European Parliament, and the decision makers of the EU Member States to the "growing psychological and behavioural difficulties faced by teenagers all over Europe". "There are 1.2 billion teenagers in the world – it is written in a note – from 15% to 20% of them suffer from one or more psychological or behavioural problems, regardless of the social class they belong to". Teenage years are a period of great physical and psychological change, and "the cultural changes occurring in the last few decades influenced the way in which teenagers try to face this passage". Quite often traditional structures do not meet the specific needs of youth. To fill the gap, a group of specialists created a European network of experts supporting teenagers, families and educators.

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