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EU Youth Council

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 15 November 2007

The Deputy UK Permanent Representative, Anne Lambert, will attend the Youth Council on 16 November. The agenda items are as follows:

Ministers will be asked to adopt a Resolution on implementing common objectives for voluntary activities of young people. The Resolution reflects one of the thematic priorities of the ongoing Open Method of Coordination for youth and also contributes to the joint Presidency priorities for 2007-08 of better social and professional integration of young people. The UK is broadly in favour of this document as it currently stands and particularly supports its emphasis on the positive contribution many young people make to society.

Ministers are expected to agree Conclusions on a transversal approach to youth policy. The Conclusions call for a more cross-cutting, mainstreaming approach to youth policy across education and employment in the context of the Lisbon Agenda. The UK supports this approach.

There will be an exchange of views on better consideration of youth issues in the implementation of the Lisbon strategy and implementing the European Youth Pact. The UK believes that the Youth Pact is best implemented through the National Reform Programmes and is anxious to avoid any additional burdens around youth-specific reporting.