What is it?

The 2015 EU Youth Report was published on 15 September 2015. It presents a full picture of the situation of young people in Europe and how policymakers have addressed it in the period 2013-2015.

The 2012 EU Youth Report summarises the results of the first work cycle of the EU Youth Strategy (2010-12) and proposes priorities for the next 3 years. It presents statistics on how the financial crisis has affected the situation of young people in the EU.

What are the aims?

The EU Youth Report:

  • evaluates overall progress towards the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy, as well as progress on the priorities defined for the latest work cycle
  • identifies good practices
  • serves as a basis for establishing priorities for the next work cycle

Who is involved?

The Joint EU Youth Report is prepared by the Commission and adopted by the Council, following discussion among the relevant national authorities.

How does it happen?

The EU Youth Report consists of:

  • A Commission communication (prepared in collaboration with the Council) presenting the main results of the latest 3-year cycle of the EU Youth Strategy, and proposing priorities for the next cycle
  • A staff working document giving an overview of the situation of young people in the EU
  • A staff working document giving a comprehensive summary of actions taken at the national and EU levels to implement the EU Youth Strategy

The report is based on responses from the EU countries to a Commission questionnaire covering all the 8 strategic fields of action. Young people are also consulted in their own countries, and different national ministries contribute to the process. National Youth Reports also provide information on how the EU Youth Strategy has been implemented at the national level during the current cycle.

In addition to the EU countries, all candidate countries and EFTA member countries are invited to participate in the reporting exercise on a voluntary basis.