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EU Strategy on Youth 2010-2018

On the 5th Sep 2009 NYCI organised a national consultation "For Youth By Youth" with young people on the EU Commissions proposed EU Youth Strategy document "An EU Youth Strategy: Investing and Empowering".  Three young people from this consultation joined young people from national consultations all over Europe in Sweden for the EU Youth Conference on the Future of EU Cooperation in the Youth Field.



Adoption of the new EU Strategy on Youth

In November 2009, the EU Council of Youth Ministers, composed of the 27 Member States of the European Union, adopted a Resolution on a renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field for the next decade. It is based on the Commission's Communication of April 2009 "An EU Youth Strategy: Investing and Empowering".

The new EU Youth Strategy defines two overall objectives of the new framework:

  • More and equal opportunities for young people in education and in the labour market

  • Active citizenship, social inclusion and solidarity of young people

For full details on the EU Strategy see the European Commission youth website youth policy section.



NYCI continues to lobby at a national and international level for the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy.  One of the tools for implementation is Structured Dialogue.  Structured Dialogue is between young people and the EU.  It is a process whereby young people and youth organisations are consulted with in every member state and during the presidency EU Youth Conferences and European Youth Week.  See here for full details of the Structured Dialogue process.

Each consultation cycle lasts 18 months, during which the three countries hosting the EU Presidency for 6 months host an EU Youth Conference on a common theme that they have agreed on.  At a national, regional and local level there are consultations on the EU Youth Conference theme and participants from this feed into the Consultation at a national level.


National Consultation on Youth Employment in Ireland

Cover of Consultation Report

In March 2010 NYCI organised a national consultation, with funding from the Office for Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA), on Youth Employment "Let Youth Point us in the Right Direction".  The outcomes and vox pop from the consultation are available in the advocacy section.


Spanish EU Youth Conference on Youth Employment and Social Inclusion

Three young people from the National Consultation "Let Youth Point us in the Right Direction" participated in the Spanish EU Youth Conference during the Spanish presidency.  The Joint conclusions from the conference.


Belgium EU Youth Conference on Youth Employment and Youth Work

Conference floor

Three Irish Young People attended the Belgium EU Youth Conference, please click here for more information about the conference and the recommendations.


Hungarian EU Youth Conference on Youth Employment and Participation

Against a backdrop of rising youth unemployment rates across Europe, the latest EU youth conference in Budapest on 2-4th March delivered 8 concrete policy recommendations to improve youth employment policy in Europe. The recommendations represent a culmination of the structured dialogue, an 18 month long consultation with young people and youth organisations within the framework of the current Trio Presidency. Consultations were held at least once in all EU member states, and the two other members of the current presidency, Spain and Belgium, both organised their own EU Youth conferences. The outcomes of the conference in Budapest will be transferred to the Council of the European Union and adopted in a Council resolution on the structured dialogue in May 2011.

The current cycle placed youth employment policy at the centre of discussions. Whilst highlighting the role of career-orientated training and guidance at all levels of education, the recommendations also state the importance of safeguarding the rights of young people entering the labour market. In this regard, a quality framework to ensure the educational value of internships is particularly needed. The recommendations also recognise the role of non-formal education in preparing young people for the labour market, and youth organisations as providers of such skills and competences acquired outside formal education.

European Youth Forum President Peter Matjašič applauded the strong outcomes of the 18-month long process, and said he hopes the recommendations will provide the basis for effective policy measures to improve the situation of young people in Europe. “In terms of giving young people the opportunity to have a say on the policies that affect them directly, this process has been a great success”, he said. “We are convinced that this experience will lead the way to an improved cycle of the Structured Dialogue within the next Trio Presidency in 2011-2012”.

Useful links:

Outcomes of the Hungarian Presidency EU Youth Conference on youth employment, 4th March

“EU Youth Conference delivers 8 recommendations to improve youth employment in Europe”, European Youth Forum press release, 4th March


FireWork Publication "A Wind of Change for the European Youth Field"

Stuck for ideas on making the links between youth policy and practice? This publication can inspire you!

You find the FireWork (SALTO Network event, 25-28 May 2010, Paris) reflections on the latest policy developments in the youth field in the publication. We hope it inspires you to turn the European policies into effective youth work practice, to create this wind of change for the young people you are working with.

Download the booklet here!


White Paper on Youth Nov 2001


Prior to the EU Youth Strategy there was the White Paper on Youth.  This was the first attempt to define the framework for a youth policy in Europe and was therefore of crucial importance for young people in Europe.  It was launched in November 2001 following a two and half year process involving young people, experts in the youth-field, national authorities and NGOs in the member States. 

All member states reached a consensus that the White Paper should be developed using two pillars:

1. Open Method of Coordination

2. Taking more account of youth in other policies (horizontal aspects)

The White paper laid the basis for an increased European cooperation in four youth priority areas: participation, information, voluntary activities and a greater understanding and knowledge of youth.