Future of new Youth programme: Separate Chapter for Youth in 'Erasmus for All' Programme
The efforts taken by many youth workers all over the Europe for changing the original proposal of the EU Commission regarding the "Erasmus for All" Programme has finally brought big success. On the 11th of May the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council decided to add a separate chapter for youth with a separate budget line. The new proposal is also strongly supported by the EU Parliament. On the 29th May, the EPP Member Doris Pack emphasized the need to have three different chapters, with individual budgets and minimum budget lines in the Programme. During the discussion, the importance of supporting European youth non-governmental organizations through organizational grants was also raised. The new Programme has to ensure better links between the youth chapter and the EU youth strategy and provide support for the social inclusion and participation of young people. There is also the need to specify what kind of activities the Programme will be supporting, with clearly defined target groups.
The main changes in the Programme, which have been made during the meeting on the 11th of May, apart from creating a separate chapter for youth, are ensuring the minimum allocations for National Agencies for each of the different education and training sectors, and allowing for special provision to ensure access to the Programme for people with special needs and fewer opportunities. Furthermore, the general framework will change and instead of being organized primarily along sectored lines (schools, higher education, youth projects, etc.), the new programme will focus on three types of key actions: learning mobility, cooperation for innovation and good practices, and support for policy reform.
It seems that it will be a hot summer in Brussels with further work on the Programme continuing from July to September. However, it is already a great success for all young people from Europe who have been meeting with policy makers at EU level explaining and lobbying for safeguarding the Youth in Action as a separate programme. It is also important to stress the contribution of YEU International in the process, which from the beginning has been advocating for a separate programme for youth.
YEU Newsmail Journalist and Editor