“A European framework for youth policy: What is necessary and what has already been done?”

Lasse Siurala



A strength in European youth policy is the existence of common objectives and instruments of implementation. Council of Europe and European Union have established objectives for their youth policies through a discussion with the member countries and the young people. In addition there are procedures and networks of policymakers, practitioners and researchers to implement them. The article goes on to identify areas for improvement, like enhancing the role of youth policy in the current reshaping of a complex Europe, reducing the implementation gap, strengthening the evidence-base of policymaking and promoting youth policy programmes as a learning processes. Finally the article focuses on the challenge of linking actors and competences in the youth field.

Keywords: youth, policy, Europe, networks


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