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Video conference of youth ministers, 30 November 2020

Met dank overgenomen van Raad van de Europese Unie (Raad), gepubliceerd op maandag 30 november 2020, 17:00.

Main results

Ministers exchanged views on the main challenges faced by young people and youth organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discussed further support at EU level for youth exchanges and cross-border volunteering activities.

Mobility represents an essential part of young people's lives, but travel restrictions and related measures have disrupted almost all mobility-related projects. Today's debate confirmed our commitment to help and put youth exchanges and cross-border volunteering activities back on track. They are extremely important for each young person, but also for Europe, by fostering Europe’s perception of diversity and European identity. International youth exchanges and transnational youth mobility will remain an essential element of youth policy in the European Union.

Franziska Giffey, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

The debate was structured around the following questions:

  • In your country, what are the main challenges young people and youth organisations providing European and international youth exchanges and cross-border volunteering activities are faced with during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond?
  • How can the European Union and the EU youth programmes support the endeavour to revitalise European and international youth exchanges and cross-border volunteering activities?

Ministers identified numerous challenges faced by young people and youth organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • postponement of the implementation of projects and programmes
  • adaptation to predominantly digital environment
  • unequal access for all young people to digital tools
  • uncertainty in relation to future activities, health-related rules and travel restrictions
  • physical and psychological consequences from isolation

In relation to the EU youth programmes, ministers welcomed the flexibility in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme and the possibility to use the so-called 'force majeure' clause to allow for the extension of numerous implementation deadlines. Several ministers called for an increased financial support from the Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps programmes and for further flexibility in relation to their scope. Some delegations also called for more synergies between EU programmes in relation to young people.

Any other business

Meeting information

  • Meeting n°VC-YOUTH-301120
  • Video conference
  • 30 November 2020
  • 10:00

Preparatory documents

Outcome documents


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