Its activities, as concerns youth, are framed by the EU Youth Strategy for 2010-18, designed to promote the participation of youth in society, and ensure equal opportunities for young people in work and education.
In the field of youth, the department is responsible for the development of evidence-based policy and the management of initiatives in support of education and training across Europe, most notably the Erasmus+ programme .
As the executive arm of the European Union, the European Commission is held accountable to the European Parliament, namely, in the case of DG EAC, the Education and Culture Committee .
DG EAC has eight main areas of responsibility in the field of youth, outlined in the youth strategy, covering the education, work, wellbeing, and inclusion of youth across Europe.
In addition to the Erasmus+ programme, which provides a variety of youth-specific opportunities, DG EAC will be managing a variety of other initiatives to increase the inclusion and participation of youth in society.
Progress towards these aims and the objectives of the youth strategy will continue to be monitored and assessed through the Youth Report, the latest edition of which was released in 2015.