What is it?

Mutual learning provides the opportunity to identify and learn from good practices in different Member States. It is a key component of the Open Method of Coordination.

What are the aims?

It aims to address concrete issues where Member States are keen to learn from initiatives run by others. The results from expert groups or peer-learning activities in the youth field can, for example, provide input into wider EU initiatives.

Who is involved?

Mutual learning involves the EU countries themselves, with the Commission playing a supporting role.

How does it happen?

Mutual learning is carried out by such means as peer learning activities, conferences and seminars, high level forums or expert groups, as well as through studies, analyses, and web-based networks with the involvement of relevant stakeholders.

Expert groups

Expert groups are set up by the EU Work Plan for Youth and cover subjects of relevance to the priorities for the respective three-year work cycle of the framework for cooperation in the youth field. The groups are made up of experts nominated by the EU Member States.

Under the European Union Work Plan for Youth (2016-2018), expert groups will look into the following subjects:

  • Defining the specific contribution of youth work as well as non-formal and informal learning to:
    • fostering active citizenship and participation of young people in diverse and tolerant societies as well as preventing marginalisation, and radicalisation potentially resulting in violent behaviour
    • responding to the opportunities and challenges raised by the increasing numbers of young migrants and refugees in the European Union
  • Addressing the risks, opportunities, and implications of digitalization for youth, youth work and youth policy

Expert groups set up under the EU Work Plan for Youth (2014-2015) dealt with the following subjects:

  • Youth work quality systems in EU Member States and the role of common indicators or frameworks
  • Specific contribution of youth work to address the challenges young people are facing, in particular the transition from education to employment

Peer-learning activities

The following peer-learning activities are planned under the EU Work Plan for Youth (2016-2018):

  • Peer learning among Member States and Commission/Directors General "Youth work as a recognised and value-added tool for cross-sectoral cooperation in supporting young peoples transition to adulthood and the world of work"
  • Peer learning "New practices in youth work and making the youth work more appealing to young people"

A number of peer-learning activitiesEnglish (en) , policy conferences or networks took place in the framework of European cooperation in the youth field. Under the last EU Work Plan for Youth, a peer-learning exercise among Member States was organised to strengthen cross-sectoral youth policy-making at national level.

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