EU Youth Strategy

The EU Youth Strategy (EUYS) 2019-2027 is based upon three core objectives: Engage, Empower and Connect. It aims to engage young people in civic, democratic and active participation, to ensure that quality youth work is supported on all levels and young people are empowered to live their independent lives. In addition, the EUYS aims to enhance mobility and accessibility for all youth, through volunteering and solidarity activities. The EUYS is built on the foundations outlined in the Youth Strategy 2010-2018 and the results of EU Youth Dialogue sessions. The new version (the EUYS) includes expanded target areas for each goal and is different in one major respect from its predecessor: although this area was implicitly covered previously, the Youth Goal #6 “Moving Rural Youth Forward” is a new addition in the EUYS.

by European Youth Goals


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European Youth Parliament

European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)

Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)

European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA)


Connecting EU with Youth

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Youth Contribution

EU Youth Dialogue

The EU Youth Dialogue (EUYD) is a forum for continuous reflection and consulatation on the priorities of European youth policies. It is organized in the form of a structured dialogue that involves young people, youth organisations, policy and decision makers, as well as experts, researchers and other relevant actors of the civil society. The work of the EUYD is divided into 18-month cycles, each with a specific thematic priority, and its aim is to get young Europeans more involved in the decision-making process and implementation of the EU Youth Strategy.

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European Youth Forum

The European Youth Forum (EYF) is an international non-profit association that serves as a platform for the national youth councils and youth NGOs all around Europe. The EYF is formed by 44 National Youth Councils and 61 international youth NGOs, and its work focuses on the fields of youth policy and youth development, and specifically on European youth policy matters. Ambassadors representing the EYF actively participated in all stages of the process leading to the adoption EU Youth Strategy.

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Council of Europe - Co-Management Structure

The co-management structure is a decision-making structure that allows young Europeans to make their voice heard in the decisions of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), the political body that makes decisions on the Council of Europe’s youth priorities, programmes and budget. Youth representatives in the Advisory Council on Youth have equal say as national officials in the European Steering Committee for Youth within the CMJ’s work.

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