12 August is International Youth Day, organised every year by the United Nations. This year's theme is The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.
A report on the diversity of young people not in education, employment, or training (NEET) has been published by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofund).
Contribute to the online consultation on youth policy cooperation in the EU, open until mid-October 2016
An external evaluation of the EU Youth Strategy and of the 2008 Council Recommendation on the Mobility of Young Volunteers across the EU has conducted by ICF International, in partnership with Technopolis, from March 2015 to February 2016.
The European Commission has officially approved I.NE.DI.VI.M (the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation) as Erasmus+ National Agency for Youth in Greece.
Improved foreign language skills, experience handling personal finances and enhanced intercultural competences are among the effects of volunteering with the European Voluntary Service (EVS) according to a recent publication.
Take part in the debate on the future of Europe this 9 February with people from around the world, discuss the issues that are important to you, and find out more about the New Narrative for Europe !
The publication marks a quarter of a century of EU youth programmes accompanied by EU youth policy. It brings together some of the thinking that inspires – and is inspired by – EU actions for youth to encourage debate about what youth work and non-formal learning can contribute to European education. It reviews EU cooperation in the field from different perspectives, points to successes and sets out possible future scenarios, particularly in the context of the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2010).
As there has been no operational National Agency for Youth in Greece since December 2014, the Youth part of the programme has been suspended until further notice.
This is one of 12 targeted messages in a new report that shows how youth work can address the challenges young people face, in particular when moving from education to the workplace. Photo: Shutterstock / Lightspring
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Youthpass has reached the threshold of half a million certificates. The 500,000th certificate was issued by "Asociatia Culturala ARTEC" from Romania to the participant of the youth exchange project "Dance and sing with me for social inclusion".
Mariusz, an Erasmus+ participant from Poland, made great progress learning German with the help of the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS).
European ministers are expected to adopt EU plans to increase social inclusion and help combat radicalisation through education and youth work. Photo:Botond Horvath / Shutterstock.com
As part of their youth partnership, the European Commission and the Council of Europe organised a seminar in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 28-29 October 2015, entitled "Beyond Barriers: a youth policy seminar on social inclusion of young people in vulnerable situation in South East Europe".
Read the proceedings and conclusions from Europe's key meeting of policymakers, stakeholders and organisations. Under discussion was how education, training and youth policies and programmes can help young people find jobs and gain skills, encourage social mobility and prevent violence.
Vice Premier Madame Liu Yangdong and Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, met with participants of the 3rd policy and expert seminar on youth cooperation between the EU and China which took place in Brussels on 14-16 September 2015.
Today the European Commission presented the EU Youth Report 2015 that draws a full picture of the situation of young people in Europe and how policymakers have addressed it in the period 2013-2015.
The European Commission has announced a sharpened set of priorities for European cooperation in education and training. Photo: Shutterstock.com / Matej Kastelic
The aim of this study is to examine youth work quality systems in EU countries and explore how common indicators or frameworks may be developed. The outcome will be a handbook that gives guidance and support on basic quality principles and on the design and implementation of quality approaches. Deadline: 18/09/2015
Are you a youth organisation? Make your voice heard, please fill in the survey on the EU Youth Strategy by 16 August.
If you are between the age of 15 and 30, have your say on EU youth policy. You can help us by filling in our survey in the link below by 16 August. Photo: Shutterstock.com / Halfpoint
This year's European Youth Week on social media.
"Taking part in Erasmus+ youth activities changed my life for the better!" These powerful words of Mike, a young EVS volunteer, made for an emotional and encouraging start to the Inclusion and Diversity Strategy launch which took place during European Youth Week.
DG EAC has published a call for Contract Agents for secretarial roles, as well as assistants for legal, communication, financial, policy and programme management support. The call closes on 04/06 at midday.
The European Commission has published 41 statistical indicators on the state of young people in the European Union. Based on the Youth Dashboard , the Youth Monitor provides information on the eight fields of action of the EU Youth Strategy
Over 13,000 young people between 15 and 30 were interviewed in the 28 Member States of the European Union as part of the Flash Eurobarometer Survey carried out in December 2014.
On 16 April 2015, Eurostat released a new publication overviewing a wealth of information related to children and young people in the European Union (EU).
A new online course on Erasmus+ Funding Opportunities for Youth is set to begin on 4 May 2015.
The Commission has published a new call to support evidence-based policy making through studies in the fields of education, training, youth, research and innovation. Find out more about the call, which closes on 30 April, by visiting the call page on the website of DG EAC.
Under discussion will be how education and training can best meet the challenges of social inclusion, radicalisation and citizenship so brutally manifested in recent terrorist attacks.
New Erasmus+ Inclusion and Diversity Strategy in the field of Youth to support young people facing long-term unemployment, discrimination and poverty.
Beyond barriers – international conference on the role of youth work in supporting young people in vulnerable situations organised by the EU - Council of Europe youth partnership and the Maltese Youth Agency on 26 -27 November.
At the Education and Youth Council of 12 December, Education Ministers will discuss the socio-economic benefits of education and training and highlight the opportunities presented by the Commission's new €315 bn Investment Plan at a time when many countries have cut their education and training budgets.
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) in the Erasmus+ programme supports young people to carry out cross-border volunteering activities. The EVS Volunteering Database has been re-launched with new features that make it easier for young people to find and apply for international volunteering opportunities.
The European Network of Local Departments for Youth Work – InterCityYouth- was launched in November. The overall aim is to enhance the quality of youth work in the EU countries.
Member States still have a long way to go to ensure that knowledge, skills and competences that people have acquired outside school or university are recognized, valued and accepted despite some good progress since 2010, according to the 2014 European Inventory on Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning.
On 1 November 2014 the Juncker Commission officially started its term of office, which will run until 31 October 2019. Mr Tibor Navracsics is the new Commissioner in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
The outcomes of the EU Youth Conference, held in Rome from 13-16 October, have been published, including a Guiding Framework to launch a consultation of young people across Europe on the theme of "youth empowerment for political participation", as well as Joint Conclusions on Young People's Access to Rights.
The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) is a new opportunity for Erasmus+ participants to assess and improve their language skills. The OLS was presented for the first time at the European Day of Languages conference in Florence.
Destination moon - commencing countdown, engines on! If you have ever wondered what it's like to be a space astronaut or a forensic scientist helping to crack a murder mystery, then don't miss the annual European Researchers' Night on 26 September.
Registration for Juvenes Translatores, the annual translation contest for 17-year-old pupils all over Europe, opens on 1 September 2014. Don’t miss it!
Xavier Prats Monné is the new Director-General of DG Education and Culture as of 1 August 2014.
European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has written a letter to EU Education Ministers urging them to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop basic computer coding skills in school.
Visit the new website of the partnership of the European Union and the Council of Europe in the field of youth. The website's to inform about the partnership and on how to get involved in youth projects.
The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for a study on a citizen tool for the self-assessment of transveral skills. The deadline for sumission is 15/09/2014, with further information available in the call notice .
The latest Erasmus statistics released by the European Commission reveal that nearly 270,000 students, a new record, benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013.
Experts from the European Commission and Member States are meeting in Brussels on 11th July to accelerate the programming arrangements and practical implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative at a special seminar organised by the Commission.
The photo exhibition "Empowering young people in Europe" organised by European Commission in co-operation with the governments of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, was launched under the patronage of Commissioner Vassiliou last 19 June.
The European Union's Strategy for long-term growth and job creation, Europe 2020, is under review. The Commission launched on 5 May 2014 a public consultation on the future of Europe 2020. This consultation will be open until 31 October 2014. All interested parties are invited to take part and make their views on Europe 2020 and its future development heard.
A new expert group's report confirms that engaging in non-formal learning activities can help boost young people's employability and social inclusion.
If Europe's future was in the hands of its 90 million young people, what would they propose in order to make Europe a better place to live in? With around six million young people aged 15-24 unemployed in the EU today, what recommendations would young people address to policy-makers?
At the 2014 European Youth Event (EYE 2014) organised by the European Parliament on 9-11 May in Strasbourg, thousands of young Europeans will examine, discuss and put forward new ideas on five themes: the fight against youth unemployment, the digital revolution, the future of the EU, sustainable development and European values.
The new Generation Y video tells the story of a group of young Europeans and their EVS experience in Transylvania, Romania, with the project "3G! - Go.Give.Gain."
On 7 April 2014 the Director for "Youth and Sport; Erasmus+" of the European Commission, Mrs Chiara Gariazzo and the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni signed the Framework Partnership Agreement 2014-2016 in the field of youth in Strasbourg.
Eurofound publishes a new report on the social situation of young people in Europe.
Get Online Week runs from 24 to 30 March and is organised by Telecentre Europe with the support of the European Commission
You can now find the database with organisations accredited to run European Voluntary Service projects on the European Youth Portal.
EU-wide study brings together existing evidence to facilitate the understanding and appreciation of youth work.
A two day conference held in Athens, Greece outlined the opportunities for cooperation with the Western Balkans under Erasmus+, the EU's new education, training, youth and sport programme.
Eurostat has published a new section dedicated to youth statistics, with elements on various aspects of young people's lives.
The European Commission has launched a consultation on the European Area of Skills and Qualifications, which will run until 15 April 2014.
Erasmus+ Guide Published, €1.8 billion in funding available in 2014
Close to 230 000 participants had taken part in more than 10 700 projects granted by the Youth in Action Programme in 2012.
Second phase of Structured Dialogue review involving young people and policy makers successfully completed in Brussels
The European Commission welcomes the Council's adoption on 3 December of Erasmus+, the EU's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, with a budget of €14.7 billion over the next seven years - 40% higher than current levels.
Ministers met at the Council on 25-26 November in Brussels to discuss topics on education, youth, culture and sport.
Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January, was approved on 19 November 2013 by the European Parliament.
Now is the time for Member States to put in place the structural reforms and infrastructure to make the Youth Guarantee a reality as soon as possible. This was the message to Member States from European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor to the high-level conference on youth unemployment hosted by French President Fançois Hollande in Paris on 12 November. They welcomed the fact that six Member States (Czech Republic, Croatia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Slovakia) have already submitted their first draft implementation plans to the Commission for comments.
The "Seed of change" video is about young people brought together by a project in an abandoned nursery in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of Palermo. The project aims to reinforce awareness of social rights and promotes communication between young people from different countries.
The European Charlemagne Youth Prize" aims to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects.
1st -3rd October 2013 in the European Youth Centre Budapest
The European Commission, in partnership with the European Economic and Social Committee and the City of Strasbourg, launches in Strasbourg on 16th-17th January 2014 a large European interactive event on social entrepreneurship and the social economy.
On 17 September 2013, the winners of the 2013 edition of the Eurodesk Awards “Champions of European Youth Information” were announced at the official ceremony in Brussels with Eurodesk partners, multipliers and cooperating European organisations.
The thematic focus of the conference hosted by the Lithuanian EU presidency from 9-12 September 2013 was on the social inclusion of young people, particularly those not in employment, education or training (NEETs)
Watch the plenary events of the EU Youth Conference in Vilnius
European Youth Week 2013 highlights in a video
The EU programme 'Youth in Action' helps young people to develop their skills and to improve their chances on the labour market.
1988-2013: a documentary features projects funded under the Youth in Action programme
The publication "Young Citizens of Europe" presents European good practice projects
A presentation of European good practice projects
During the European Youth Week 2013 three outstanding Youth in Action projects were presented with an award.
Under the Irish Presidency, two Council Conclusions have been adopted in May 2013.
As part of its "Statistics Explained' website, Eurostat published two articles on youth unemployment and on youth participation in education and the labour market.
The European Youth Week 2013 provided the opportunity to assess the Structured Dialogue and for young people to become engaged in a review of the process, which was announced by Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the EU Youth Conference in Dublin in March 2013.
The second edition of the EuroMed Youth Awards took place last week in Jordan.
Participation of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC, in the European Youth Week 2013
A chat on the Youth in Action Programme took place on Friday 31st of May on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the EU YOUTH programmes (1988-2013).
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the EU's youth programme. To celebrate this, hundreds of events took place all over Europe during the European Youth Week 26 May to 2 June.
Commissioner Vassiliou chaired Panel Debate and Youth in Action Award Ceremony
Find out more about the perceptions of young people regarding political participation
The study on "Youth participation in Democratic life" is now available online!
Want to know more about Youth in Action? Join us on Facebook: on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of EU YOUTH Programmes, an online chat is organised on Today at 15h!
A Flash Eurobarometers survey on European Youth: Participation in Democratic Lifehas been carried out in Spring 2013, the report is now available!
The 2013 European Youth Week is now underway (26th May - 2nd June) with a week-long series of youth events across Europe. From youth conferences to high-level public debates, the week is providing the opportunity to showcase the achievements and opportunities available through the EU’s Youth in Action programme, as well as promote active citizenship and participation ready for the European elections in 2014. In addition to the events taking place at the local, regional and national levels in the participating countries of the Youth in Action (YiA) programme, there are also numerous events in Brussels.
The European Commission is pleased to announce that the new European Youth Portal has been made available to public!
An exhibition on the 25th anniversary of EU youth programmes opens on 30th of May!
On the occasion of the European Youth Week, the European Commission has released three documents about youth participation in democratic life.
The sixth edition of European Youth Week (EYW2013) will be celebrated across Europe during the week of 26 May – 2 June 2013. EYW2013 will consist of a broad range of events and activities to be organised in all 33 countries participating in the EU’s Youth in Action (YiA) programme, where the coordination and organisation of events has been entrusted to the National Agencies of the YiA.
A report by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission (Eurydice Unit) is presenting evidence from literature and surveys about the social exclusion of young people across the European Union, and how youth work can help.
Jeunesse et Emploi: Que fait l‘Europe pour toi ?
Scroll through the online chat on EVS!
As 2013 is the ‘European Year of Citizens’ (http://europa.eu/citizens-2013/) , this is the perfect opportunity for young people to share their vision of citizenship.
The symposium on the role of information and counselling in fostering young people's social inclusion and access to their rights will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, on 19-20th June 2013.
Join the competition launched by Eurodesk in the frame of the European Year of Citizens
The contribution of youth work to social inclusion and employability will be the focus of the EU Youth Conference, which takes place in Dublin from 11-13 March.
Watch the plenary events of the EU Youth Conference in Dublin live here
The Commission and the Council of Europe (CoE) joined forces in tackling the burning issue of youth and the current economic crisis.
"More Europe requires more courage from everyone! What Europe needs now are not doubters but standard-bearers, not ditherers but people who are prepared to knuckle down, not those who simply go with the flow but active players"
European Commission President José-Manuel Barroso and European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor have welcomed the political agreement reached on the proposed Youth Guarantee Recommendation at the EU's Council of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers on 28th February.
The new SALTO Participation magazine just published!
The 2013 Youth in Action Programme Guide is now available!