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EU Youth Strategy

The EU developed an EU Youth Strategy and wants young people to engage and become an active citizen involved in democracy and society. We want young people to tell us what is important to them by taking part in the EU Youth Dialogue.

EU Youth Strategy 2010-2018

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:

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