What is the EU's Role

The EU Youth Strategy seeks to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process and in society. The objectives are:

  • to develop mechanisms to engaging in dialogue with young people and facilitate their participation in the shaping of national policies
  • to support youth organisations, including local and national youth councils;
  • to promote participation of under-represented groups of young people in politics, youth organisations, and other civil society organisations
  • to support ways of 'learning to participate' from an early age

How is this being done?

Specifically, the Commission pursues these objectives through:

  • Structured dialogue - a process to involve young people in EU youth policy making
  • The Erasmus+ programme - supports projects providing opportunities for young people to participate in cross-border projects and events
  • European Solidarity Corps - allows young people to volunteer or work in projects for the benefit of communities and people around Europe