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European cooperation in the youth field (2010-18)

European cooperation in the youth field for the period 2010-18 aims to improve cooperation between European Union countries by providing better opportunities for young people.

ACT

Council Resolution of 27 November 2009 on a renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-18) (Official Journal C 311 of 19.12.2009, pp. 1-11).

SUMMARY

European cooperation in the youth field for the period 2010-18 aims to improve cooperation between European Union countries by providing better opportunities for young people.

WHAT DOES EU COOPERATION IN THE YOUTH FIELD INVOLVE?

A Council resolution, adopted in 2009, sets out a renewed framework for EU cooperation in the youth field for the period 2010-18. It follows a first framework adopted in 2002 for the period 2002-09.

The main objective of this renewed framework or ‘EU youth strategy’ is to improve the efficiency of the cooperation and actions already put in place and provide increased benefits to young people in the EU.

This strategy has two main objectives:

provide more and equal opportunities for young people in education and in the labour market;

encourage young people to actively participate in society.

These objectives should be met by promoting dialogue between youth and policymakers in order to increase active citizenship, foster social integration and ensure young people’s inclusion in EU policy development.

To this end, specific initiatives, targeting young people, and mainstreaming initiatives are encouraged in eight specific fields:

education and training;

employment and entrepreneurship;

health and well-being;

participation of young people in the EU’s democratic process and in society in the context of a specific EU structured dialogue (with a focus on youth empowerment in 2014 and 2015);

voluntary activities;

social inclusion;

youth and the world with actions directed to help young people to engage themselves outside the EU or become more involved in areas such as climate change, international cooperation and human rights;

creativity and culture.

Role of EU countries and the Commission

The European Commission and EU countries are called to adopt measures that contribute to achieving the objectives of the youth strategy. Actions in such fields must be applied through an open method of coordination, which requires political commitment from EU countries and specific working methods.

The main implementation instruments of the EU youth strategy are mutual learning between the EU countries, evidence-based focus, monitoring and reporting, dialogue with youth and the mobilisation of EU programmes, such as the Erasmus+ programme.

The EU youth strategy also encourages taking due account of youth issues in other policy fields impacting on the lives of young people, such as youth employment (including the youth guarantee scheme) and social inclusion (EU platform against poverty and social exclusion), are obvious examples of these policies.

For more information see the European Commission youth portal and the EU youth strategy websites. See also EU youth report 2012.

RELATED ACTS

Resolution of the Council and of the representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, of 20 May 2014 on the overview of the structured dialogue process including social inclusion of young people (Official Journal C 183 of 14.6.2014, pp. 1-4).

Resolution of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, of 20 May 2014 on a European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2014-15 (Official Journal C 183 of 14.6.2014, pp. 5-11).

Last updated: 29.03.2015

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