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.
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.
Mutual learning involves the EU countries themselves, with the Commission playing a supporting role.
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 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:
Expert groups set up under the EU Work Plan for Youth (2014-2015) dealt with the following subjects:
The following peer-learning activities are planned under the EU Work Plan for Youth (2016-2018):
A number of peer-learning activities, 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.