EU Youth Strategy
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.
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:
European Youth Together 2020
European Youth Together’ actions build on the experience from the ‘New Narrative for Europe’ initiative and other youth initiatives which aim to promote young people’s participation in European public life as well as cross-border exchanges and mobility activities. It is an action in the Erasmus+ 2019 Work Programme.
The action aims to create networks promoting regional partnerships, and to be run in close cooperation with young people from across Europe. The priorities are active citizenship, network-building, European values and European citizenship, democratic participation, democratic resilience and social inclusion related to young people. The actions aim at demonstrating their contributions to the overall EU policy agenda by improving the involvement of young people in democratic life and their engagement with decision makers and by helping to improve the capacity of the youth sector to work transnationally including promoting transnational learning and cooperation between young people and decision makers.
The targeted organisations are youth NGOs, public bodies and informal groups of young people for projects involving at least five partners who have the capacity to mobilise young people in partnerships covering different countries and regions within Europe. Selected project durations are between 9 and 24 months starting late in 2019.
A total budget of € 5 million is available to support Europe-wide networks of youth organisations active at grassroots level.