Involving young people in forming political opinions and decisions, especially on matters that concern them directly, can contribute to high-quality, sustainable policy making and implementation.
Some facts about participation
Strategy for increasing young people's participation in policy making
In addition to the Commission's policy of structured dialogue, EU countries and the Commission, within their respective spheres of competence, are seeking to encourage broader and deeper participation by young people and youth organisations through:
The Youth on the Move Card
The Youth on the Move Card initiative aims to break down or reduce the barriers that young people face in becoming mobile within Europe, whether it is for learning, employment or training, and help them to sustain their mobility experience so that they can get the most benefit from it. It is part of the bigger Youth on the Move initiative , which supports the aims of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
The Youth on the Move Card initiative has sought the views of young people - through an online consultation carried out in 2011 - and other experts in the field of youth mobility on how to break down these barriers, and is currently undergoing the Commission's internal assessment processes.
A report [3 MB] has been carried out by external experts, on Costs and Benefits of a future Youth on the Move Card initiative.
A report [391 KB] had also been carried out as early as 2005, on a feasibility study for a European mobility card.
Relevant background documents
Promoting young people's full participation in education, employment and society (Commission communication - 2007)
Participation of young people with fewer opportunities: