What is the EU's role?
While respecting Member States’ overall responsibility for youth policy, the EU Youth Strategy, agreed by EU Ministers, sets out a framework for cooperation covering the years 2010-2018. It has two main objectives:
- To provide more and equal opportunities for young people in education and the job market
- To encourage young people to actively participate in society
In May 2018 the European Commission has put forward proposals for a new EU youth Strategy for 2019-2027, which have to be discussed by the Council of the European Union.
How is this being done?
The objectives are achieved through a dual approach which includes:
Specific youth initiatives, targeted at young people to encourage non-formal learning, participation, voluntary activities, youth work, mobility and information
'Mainstreaming' cross-sector initiatives that ensure youth issues are taken into account when formulating, implementing and evaluating policies and actions in other fields with a significant impact on young people, such as education, employment or health and well-being
The EU Youth Strategy proposes initiatives in eight areas: