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Opinion Number: CDR 292/2010
Rapporteur: SCHAEFER Marc
Commission: EDUC-V
Status: Adopted
Date: 27/01/2011
Contribute to the debate launched by the flagship initiative in the context of the EU 2020 strategy.
The "Youth on the Move" opinion aims to emphasise the importance of the contribution that local and regional authorities can make to supporting young people's mobility in terms of learning. Several ideas expressed in this opinion have been included in the text adopted by the European Parliament .
The EP resolution:
"recognises the role of local and regional authorities in the field of training and mobility";
takes the view that "their competences and experience should be seen as complementary to EU action";
affirms that "in order to achieve its goals the EU should develop a partnership approach, particularly with local and regional authorities";
concludes that "local and regional authorities and youth organisations should be involved in the development of a sustainable strategy to reduce youth unemployment".

- welcomes the European Commission's flagship initiative "Youth on the Move", an ambitious strategic initiative which aims to improve young Europeans' mobility, education and integration into the world of work. For the first time, the European Commission has devised a youth policy framework which encompasses both education and employment;

- notes that education must be at the heart of youth mobility;

- would highlight the close link between poor attainment at school and socio-economic disadvantage which are key determinants to the number of young people neither employed nor in education or training. Breaking this cycle is a challenge for local and regional authorities across Europe and must be seen as a priority within this initiative;

- endorses Member States' and local and regional authorities' flexible use of the European Social Fund to assist young people. This is particularly relevant to the attainment of the Europe 2020 objectives;

- in the assessment of all the educational mobility programmes, which will give rise to legislative proposals in 2011 and a new financial framework in the post-2013 period, it is vital – as noted in the Committee of the Regions' opinion on the Green Paper on "Promoting the learning mobility of young people" – that the key contribution of local and regional authorities to promoting young people's mobility for educational purposes be taken into account.

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