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Implementing the Strategy

What is the EU's Role?

The European Commission (EC) is responsible for the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy during the period 2010-18.

In this role, the EC serves as both a moderator, seeking to establish common policy position between the various EU Member States, and an executive, managing activities for young people under initiatives such as Erasmus+ or the European Voluntary Service.

How is this being done?

The implementation of the Youth Strategy is based on two main principles, cooperation with Members States and "Structured Dialogue".

In the case of the former, this involves the exchange of best practices, ideas, and information, as well as setting joint agenda, to support common policies and tackle common challenges. This exchange process, referred to as the Open Method of Coordination (OMC), also contributes to improving the evidence-base for policy.

In the case of the latter, this takes place through discussions with young people and youth organisations in order to allow for a continuous reflection and dialogue on the progress of the Youth Strategy's implementation.

What are the next steps?

In order to ensure that the young are included in society and provided proper opportunities for work and participation, the EC regularly reviews its activities through the Youth Report.

Every three years a report is commissioned on the EC's progress towards the goals of the Youth Strategy, serving to evaluate progress, identify best practices, and establish the priorities for the next three years.

The report, which relies on consultations with Member States and youth, as well as reliable evidence and indicators, also provides more detailed information on the implementation of the strategy in individual Member States.


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