The Commission and the Member States are working together under the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) to enhance EU youth cooperation. The OMC is a non-binding, intergovernmental framework for cooperation and policy exchange. The OMC provides a flexible framework for setting a joint agenda, exchange of best practice, peer-learning and improving the evidence-base for youth policy. The current priorities and tools are agreed until 2018 under the EU Youth Strategy.
The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council brings together Ministers two times a year. It usually adopts its decisions by a qualified majority and in co-decision with the European Parliament. The work of the Council is prepared by the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER), made up of the permanent representatives of the Member States. Their work is in turn prepared by the Youth Working Party consisting of delegates from the Member States from the youth field, representatives of the European Commission and chaired by the EU Presidency country.