EU and international cooperation in the youth sector

Matkalaukkuja. KUVA: VisualHunt.comThe objective of international and European cooperation is to develop youth policy and support youth work through networking and exchanges of good practices. The Ministry of Education and Culture creates preconditions for international cooperation between actors in this sector.


European Union cooperation in youth issues

The European Union’s competence in the youth sector is based on Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). Harmonising the Member States’ legislation is not part of this competence.

The main responsibility for monitoring and drafting EU issues and formulating Finland's positions on youth issues rests with the Ministry of Education and Culture. The sub-committee EU-32 (youth and sport) appointed by the Committee for EU Affairs has a key role in preparing EU issues. Link to: EU affairs and the Finnish government

Cooperation in the youth sector is based on Council Resolution (2009/C 311/01) on a renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018), or the EU Strategy for Youth, and the periodical work plans through which it is implemented (2015/C 417/01).
Youth sector cooperation is funded under the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, or Erasmus+ (2014-2020). The total budget of this programme for the seven-year programming period is EUR 14.7 billion. Of the programme’s total budget, 10% is dedicated to youth affairs. The Ministry of Education and Culture is responsible for implementing the programme and disseminating information on it in Finland. Link to: Erasmus+ Programme




For more information on the Solidarity Corps, visit


The Council reached a general approach on a draft regulation on the European Solidarity Corps and adopted the Council conclusions on Smart Youth Work on 20 November 2017.


Cooperation within the Council of Europe

The basic task of the Council of Europe is to secure and develop human rights, a pluralistic democracy and the rule of law. LINK

No binding conventions exist in the youth sector. Youth sector cooperation is based on the resolution of the Committee of Ministers on the youth policy of the Council of Europe (CM/Res (2008) 23). The target group for Council of Europe’s youth work and policy is children and young adults up to the age of 30. LINK

The Council of Europe supports the Member States in developing their youth policies by creating standards and implementing national youth policy reviews and advisory missions. LINK

The recommendations of the Committee of Ministers serve as instruments that steer the Member States in matters of policy and legislation. LINK

The European Youth Foundation supports the activities of youth organisations. For more information on grants and instructions for applying, visit
Cooperation between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the fields of youth work and research is based on a partnership agreement, visit:


Nordic Cooperation

The Nordic Committee for Children and Young People (NORDBUK) operates as the expert body on youth policy of the Nordic Council of Ministers. It is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the Council of Minister’s child and youth policy strategy. It also grants support for organisations and projects related to Nordic cooperation in youth issues. For more information on the activities of the Committee, see the website of the Nordic Council of Ministers.


Barents Region cooperation

The members of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council comprise all Nordic countries, Russia and the EU.

In 2015-2017, the Presidency of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council is held by Russia, visit

The Ministry of Education and Culture has an annual appropriation that is allocated to Barents projects in the youth sector. Aid for the Barents on my mind event is administrated by the Ministry of Education and Culture.









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