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Context

The German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth intends to establish the European Youth Work Agenda 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. After years of focused youth work development from local to regional, national and European level, the year 2020 offers 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 has the chance to confirm its engagement.