ERIC Number: ED472113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-21
Reference Count: N/A
A New Impetus for European Youth. European Commission White Paper.
Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium).
Despite their highly divergent situations, young people largely share the same values, ambitions, and difficulties. Despite the more complex social and economic context in which young Europeans are currently living, they are well equipped to adapt. National and European policymakers must facilitate this process of change by making young people stakeholders in their societies. Youth must be regarded as a positive force in the construction of Europe rather than as a problem. Although the European Union's individual member states must still bear the brunt of putting various youth-related measures into practice, it is important to give a European dimension to youth-related activities. A new framework for European cooperation must be developed and must comprise these two main aspects: applying the open method of coordination in the specific field of youth and taking better account of the "youth" dimension in other policy initiatives. The framework must also include provisions for listening to what young people have to say and must offer a forum for local initiatives while encouraging member states to cooperate more effectively and develop concrete ideas under existing European programs. (Appendixes constituting approximately 75% of this document contain a detailed discussion of the results of the consultation and an overview of European action on the youth front.) (MN)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Advisory Committees, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Democracy, Economic Change, Economic Climate, Education Work Relationship, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Employment Patterns, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), International Cooperation, International Organizations, International Programs, Lifelong Learning, Models, National Programs, Policy Formation, Population Trends, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Public Policy, Regional Planning, Social Change, Social Integration, Strategic Planning, Trend Analysis, Values, Work Environment, Youth, Youth Employment, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
For full text: http://europa.eu.int/comm/education/youth/whitepaper/download/whi tepaper_en.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium).
Identifiers - Location: European Union