PROMOTING ACTIVE EUROPE CITIZENSHIP: NEW
IMPETUS FOR EUROPEAN YOUTH
Letter from the Chairman to Bill Rammell
MP, Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher
Education, Department for Education and Skills
In November 2001, the Commission published the
White Paper "A New Impetus for European Youth".
It proposed a framework for cooperation in the youth field. On
27 June 2002, the council adopted a resolution approving the framework
and calling for the "open method of coordination" to
be applied to four priorities known as the common objectives:
these were participation, information, voluntary activities and
the greater understanding of youth.
All member states were subsequently required
to undertake the compilation of information sharing questionnaires
both within Government and the voluntary and community services
and report their findings back to the Commission. The information
and participation questionnaires findings were submitted back
in 2002, with voluntary activities and the greater understanding
of youth following in 2003.
The 8489/03 follow-up to the White Paper "A
New Impetus for European Youth" proposed common objectives
for the participation and information of young people, and 8490/03
"Analysis of Member States" replies to the Commission
questionnaires on youth participation and information.
The documents were cleared by letter to the
then Minister, Margaret Hodge on 16 June 2003 (progress of Scrutiny
EUC-10, 2002-03). The sub-committee raised further questions with
the Minister and following an exchange of correspondence on 3
November 2003 and 4 December 2003 the sub-committee asked to be
kept informed of developments.
In November 2003 EU Ministers agreed a council
resolution requiring the Commission to seek national reports from
member states by the end of 2005, assessing their progress against
the participation and information objectives.
Reports on voluntary activities are due later
this year and the greater understanding of youth in 2008. The
EU objectives are in line with existing and developing UK policies
in these areas and the reports reflect considerable activity and
progress in recent years, whilst also looking at the challenges
that remain to be addressed.
16 February 2006