What does it involve?

Cooperation between Member States on youth policy is based on a system known as the 'Open Method of Coordination' (OMC): the aim is to set a joint agenda, exchange best practices and improve the evidence base for policy-making.

Why is it needed?

The OMC provides a flexible and efficient means for sharing ideas and implementing policies. Priorities and the tools needed to achieve agreed objectives are laid down in the EU Youth Strategy. In particular, this:

  1. identifies and defines joint policy objectives
  2. establishes shared tools to measure policy impact
  3. encourages benchmarking between Member States i.e. comparison of performance and exchange of best practices

How does it happen?

The Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council gathers Ministers twice a year. It usually adopts decisions by qualified majority and codecision Choose translations of the previous link  with the European Parliament.

The work of the Council is prepared by the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) and the Youth Working Party, chaired by the EU Presidency, with delegates from Member States and representatives of the European Commission.

The focus of the next three presidencies, those of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria between July 2017 and December 2018, will focus on "Youth in Europe - What's next?".

What has been acheived so far?

Since the current EU Youth Strategy came into force in 2010, the EU 'trio' Presidencies focused on the following priorities:

  • Ireland - Quality youth work
  • Lithuania - Young people not in employment, education and training
  • Greece - Culture and Entrepreneurship
  • Poland - Youth & the World
  • Denmark - Creativity & Innovation
  • Cyprus - Social Inclusion
  • Spain - Social Inclusion
  • Belgium - Youth Work
  • Hungary - Participation

In the context of the EU Youth Strategy, see below for the Resolutions and Conclusions adopted by the Council by year