EU Council agreement on greater role for youth work in supporting the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people
Yesterday the EU Council of Youth Ministers in Brussels, chaired by Minister Fitzgerald, formally adopted two sets of conclusions on:·
– Maximising the potential of youth policy in addressing the goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy·
– Contribution of quality youth work to the development, well-being and social inclusion of young people.
These conclusions include a concrete set of measures aimed at raising the profile of youth work at EU level and mainstreaming youth work into broader EU policy responses to youth employment and social inclusion.
The measures include:
– Establishing a new EU working group on quality youth work
– Strengthening the working relationship between the Council of Youth Ministers and other Council of Minister configurations
– Mainstreaming youth policy input into the European Semester reporting process
– Recognition of centrality of youth work in contributing to the Europe 2020 growth and jobs agenda
– Recognition of the role of youth work in implementing the proposed Youth Guarantee
– Greater coordination between EU youth policy and education, training and employment policies
Next month, as part of the Ireland’s EU Presidency, Minister Fitzgerald will host a high-level round-table conference of international experts in Castletown House, County Kildare to further examine the contribution youth work can make to youth employment.