- What can the EU do? -
Despite it being principally a part of national policy fields, the concept of “Youth“ is also included at European level. The EU defines its objective in the Youth strategy 2010-2018 as the promotion of active citizenship and social inclusion as well as solidarity and equal opportunities for young people.
In the area of education, the EU fulfills a supporting and coordinating role complementing the national policies. In particular, EU action in this field aims at fostering mutual recognition of diplomas and promoting cooperation between educational institutions. The EU Commission launched the new Erasmus+ programme in 2014. It aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising education, training, and youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels.