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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.8 Cross-border cooperation

Last update: 5 June 2024
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  1. Cooperation with European countries
  2. International cooperation

Cooperation with European countries

The main responsibility for monitoring and drafting youth policy issues at the European and international level rests with the Ministry of Education and Culture. Finland takes part in a multilateral intergovernmental task force co-operation, which include the Council of European Union, the Council of Europe, the Nordic Council of Ministers, as well as regional councils, such as the Barents Euro-Arctic Council.

The National Youth Work and Policy Programme 2024-2027 presents objectives and measures, which from Finland’s point of view, are prioritised as much as possible in all its European and international cooperation, the themes of those are:

  • Mental health of young people
  • Quality of youth work
  • Inclusion and strengthening of democracy
  • Young people and climate change

International cooperation

Multilateral youth sector cooperation beyond the EU member states is mainly based on the cooperation in the frameworks of the sub-regional structures. One of the most important of these is the intergovernmental Barents Euro-Arctic Council and its Joint Working Group on Youth. In addition, the Working Group on Health and Social Issues of the Barents Euro-Artic Council has objectives related to youth.