International Conference on Youth Policy and Research Vienna 22-25 September 2009 Presentation of Finn Denstad, Policy Officer in the

Youth Policy Unit of DG Education and Culture, European Commission, 23 September 15:30 – 18:30 Abstract

Since the launch of the EU White Paper on Youth in 2001, the European Commission and the Member States have worked in partnership to promote youth policy at the European level. The primary instrument of this cooperation has been the so-called Open Method of Cooperation. In April this year, the European Commission launched its new youth strategy for the period 2010 – 2018. This strategy stresses the importance of a cross-sectoral and transversal youth policy which addresses all areas that have an effect on young people. Furthermore, it emphasises the need for an evidence-based youth policy. It proposes to develop a dashboard of European indicators in the youth field and release an EU Youth Report every three years. The presentation will seek to provide an overview of how youth policy in Europe has progressed as a result of a coordinated effort and close cooperation between the European Union and its member states. What has been the working methodology? And what will be the direction of European youth policy with the Commission's new strategy?

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