Our structure is conceived to ensure a close and practical connection to the partners who are the target of our activities, be it the Youth in Action programme or the youth policy coordination.
The European Commission’s Education and Culture Directorate-General (DG EAC) comprises two youth units: Unit D1 is responsible for the policy aspects, while Unit D2 is in charge of the management of the Youth in Action programme. These two units work closely together in order to ensure an optimal interaction between policy developments and the activities supported by the Youth in Action programme.
EU Member States develop their own national youth policies, and, at EU level, they have set up a framework for co-operation. The most prominent role is played by the Council of Youth Ministers where all the decisions are taken. The Youth Working Party, composed of representatives from the youth ministries in the Member States, prepares the meetings of the Council. The Commission coordinates and facilitates co-operation between Member States.
A Programme Committee, composed of representatives of all programme countries, meets at least twice a year to monitor and coordinate the implementation of the Youth in Action programme. This is the main decision-making body through which the EU Member States and the other Programme Countries are involved in the administration of the programme.
National Authorities are also responsible for nominating and setting up National Agencies in their respective countries. National agencies are responsible for managing the programme at national level by providing appropriate information and support to project promoters, by selecting and monitoring projects, as well as by managing the EU funds. This decentralised management system (accounting for most of the programme funds) ensures proximity to the national reality of beneficiaries and close support to project applicants.
Some specific Actions of the Youth in Action programme are managed at central level by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
In order to improve the quality of projects, the Commission has also set up a network of thematic and regional Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities (SALTO) Resource Centres. These centres provide resources, information and training to support National Agencies and youth workers.
Last but not least, in order to provide extensive information on mobility, education and training opportunities to young people across Europe, the Commission finances the Eurodesk Network. National Eurodesk offices can be found in most Programme Countries.