Why a Policy Tool Kit?
The European Youth Capital aims at strengthening the relationship between the local level and the European institutions, giving attention to youth participation at the local level as well as the European level.
Youth policy is a cross-sectoral and integrated policy aimed at young people involving young people, which stems from youth needs and covers a comprehensively broad range of policy areas.
For a coherent and constructive youth policy, authorities need to approach youth issues in an integrated way and cooperate across policy sectors. This also includes creating the link between local and European youth policies as an essential element for the European Youth Capital project.
This tool kit aims at supporting the applicant cities in such an important policy coordination exercise.
What is the Policy Tool Kit?
The Policy Tool Kit provides European cities with a clear overview of European youth policies and related key documents.
Municipalities in Europe are subject to youth policies as outlined by the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe (CoE) and the United Nations (UN).
Therefore the European Youth Forum is happy to offer summaries, contextual information and downloads of the key youth policy documents of these institutions.
Applicant cities as well as existing youth capitals are encouraged to consider these policies, implementation mechanisms and findings as outlined in the documents when implementing their program activities and planning sustainable youth policies for their municipality.
Further guides for (applicant) cities
The European Youth Capital 2013 – Maribor (Slovenia), produced an excellent guide on how to link European with national and local youth policies. Definitely worth a read!
Another great source of inspiration with regard to tools and instruments for youth participation at local level is the Council of Europe’s Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life.