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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.

Education and training

What is the EU's Role?

In order to reduce the current skills mismatch in Europe and ensure that the young are able to transition from education to employment, the EU is active in the following areas:

  • ensuring that all young people have equal access to high quality education and training
  • developing youth work and other non-formal learning opportunities
  • providing links between formal education and non-formal learning
  • improving the transition between education and training and the job market
  • reducing early school leaving

What does it involve?

These objectives are being pursued through youth-specific programmes and more broadly through the EU's policies for growth and jobs.

The Erasmus+ programme, for example, supports projects designed for youth organisations or groups of young people, with a focus on non-formal learning, such as youth exchanges, opportunities for volunteering, training, and networking opportunities for youth workers, cooperation for innovation in youth work, as well as projects to engage young people in a Structured Dialogue Deutsch (de) English (en) español (es) français (fr) italiano (it) with policy makers.

What are the next steps?


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