EU-Youth Council adopted Work plan for 2016-2018

The Council and the representatives of the governments of the member states adopted a Resolution on a new EU Work Plan for Youth (2016-2018).

It's a flexible, operational plan with a precise timetable so as to enable the EU and its member states to continue to tackle more promptly and efficiently the continuing high youth unemployment rates, increasing social inclusion and participation of all Young People in democratic and civic life.

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EU Youth Council: 2015 joint report on the implementation of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field

 The Council adopted the 2015 joint report on the implementation of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field. The report evaluates progress towards the goals and priorities of the cooperation framework in the period 2013-2015, based on an assessment of young people’s situation and policy measures taken at EU and member state level. It also assesses the implementation of the "structured dialogue" with young people and puts forward new policy recommendations and priorities for the next three year period (2016-2018). However, it encouraged member states to continue to make the best use of all the EU programmes and funds available in this field and to increase funding on member states level in the education and youth sector.

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Education and Training Monitor 2015: More investment needed to spread benefits of education across society

The Education and Training Monitor 2015 shows progress in education attainment across Europe but reveals investment is needed to make education more inclusive and boost social mobility.

Evidence gathered for the Monitor shows that 15-year olds with low socio-economic status are five times more likely not to achieve basic skills like literacy and numeracy than their peers from better-off backgrounds. It also highlights the fact that foreign-born students are twice as likely to leave school early as native-born students. The same is true for adult education. Low educated adults attend less to further education then adults with high education backrounds.

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The Commission and business leaders partner establish european youth pact for employment and inclusion in Europe

At the 17th of November the European Commission together with companies launch the European Pact for Youth, a mutual engagement of business leaders and the EU to create a culture of business-education partnerships to improve the chances for young people of getting a job, at the Enterprise 2020 Summit. The Pact, initiated by The European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR Europe), is an appeal to all business, social partners, education and training providers and other stakeholders to develop or consolidate partnerships in support of youth employability and inclusion. Together it will support the target to establish at least 100,000 new good quality apprenticeships, traineeships or entry-level jobs

Deadline for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize is 25th of January 2016

The European Charlemagne Youth Prize" aims to encourage the development of European consciousness among young people, as well as their participation in European integration projects. The Prize is awarded to projects undertaken by young people which foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community. "The European Charlemagne Youth Prize" is awarded jointly and annually by the European Parliament and the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen. The prize for the best project is €5000, the second, €3000 and the third, €2000. As part of the prize, the three final laureates will be invited to visit the European Parliament (in Brussels or in Strasbourg). Also, the representatives of all the 28 national projects selected will be invited to a four-day trip in Aachen, Germany.