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Cooperation with Member States

Cooperation with Member States

What does it involve?

Cooperation with Member States takes place under the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). The OMC is a non-binding intergovernmental framework for cooperation and policy exchange which provides a flexible framework for setting joint agenda, exchanging best practices, and improving the current evidence-base for youth policy.

Why is it needed?

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.

It is based principally on:

  1. jointly identifying and defining objectives to be achieved
  2. jointly establishing measuring instruments
  3. ‘benchmarking’, i.e. comparison of Member States’ performances and exchange of best practice
How does it happen?

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, chaired by the EU Presidency, consisting of delegates from the Member States from the youth field and representatives of the European Commission.

What has been done so far?

The Commission and the Member States are working together under the Open Method of Coordination through the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council, COREPER, and the EU Presidency country.