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The German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth established the European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA) during the German Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The European Youth Work Agenda was first called for in the final declaration of the 2nd European Youth Work Convention in 2015. The task of establishing it comes from the European Union’s Youth Sector Strategy 2019-2027 and the Council of Europe’s Recommendation on youth work from 2017. In its Youth Sector Strategy 2030, the Council of Europe also declares youth work to be one of its priorities, with a particular focus on strengthening, recognising and promoting youth work policies and practices by embedding youth work in the youth policy framework, in particular through a European Youth Work Agenda and its implementation in close co-operation with the European Union.

In its meeting on 30.11.2020, the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council took note of a Resolution for a framework to establish a European Youth Work Agenda.

So, after years of focused youth work development from local to regional, national and European level, the year 2020 offered the unique opportunity for both the European Union and the Council of Europe to bring their co-operation on youth work to the next level. However, not only the institutions but the whole youth work community of practice in Europe now has the chance to confirm its engagement.