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Cooperation with European countries
As a devolved administration, Scotland does not have separate representation in European and international inter-governmental organisations. However, the Scottish Government reports its views to UK Government Departments to contribute to a UK position.
UK participation in European Union (EU) funded programmes, such as Erasmus+, is not covered in this description of youth policy.
The UK participates in the EU Working Party for Youth, which sits under the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport (EYCS) Council. The Working Party on Youth prepares items for decision by EU ministers for youth at each EYCS Council meeting. There is an EYCS Council meeting during each six-monthly EU presidency.
Via representatives in Brussels, the UK contributes to draft youth conclusions via The Working Party for Youth. These conclusions are then put to the Council for approval.
The Working Group for Youth and the EYCS Council operate under the EU’s Open Method of Cooperation (OMC). Under the OMC, EU countries are evaluated by one another (peer pressure) against a set of indexes, with the Commission's role being limited to surveillance (i.e. it has no legislative or formal powers of compulsion).
As a devolved administration, Scotland does not have separate representation in European and international inter-governmental organisations. However, the Scottish Government feeds views to UK Government Departments to contribute to a UK position.
The UK Government, as a signatory of the European Cultural Convention (CETS No. 18), participates in the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ). The CDEJ supervises a programme of activities involving policy makers, youth researchers and youth work practitioners and focuses particularly on the development of youth policies in its member states which are likely to ensure young people’s successful integration into society.
The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide financial and educational support for European youth activities. Youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) may apply to it for funding.