Youth on the Move
The European Commission views Youth on the Move as a key element in its Europe 2020 Strategy.
It combines new and existing measures taken at EU level and in Member States to support young people's education and employment.
What was the Greens' position?
The Greens believe that the mobility of Europe's youth is not only a factor in determining GDP growth, but should first and foremost boost social mobility and cultural exchanges.
Mobility can help to shape people's personalities and foster awareness of European democracy.
Any Member States that are serious about European integration should ensure sufficient funding for mobility-related projects.
Especially in the current situation, the 'access for all' aspect needs to be taken into account.
We will carefully monitor how this comprehensive package of policy initiatives is integrated into the new Erasmus+ programme, due to enter into force in 2014.
Did other MEPs accept the Greens' position?
The Greens support EU framework initiatives that foster individual development whilst also increasing every young person's integration prospects and chances of improving the society they enter.
Developing exchanges and increasing awareness about models of labour, study and lifestyle elsewhere is the only way of strengthening individuals' position, enhancing their values and aptitude to take action and consolidating their sense of civil commitment.
Which points did the Greens lose?
Overall, the Greens were satisfied with the result of the negotiations.
Since education and culture are largely national competences and the EU only serves as a facilitator between the Member States, conflict over issues in these domains is rare.
Lead MEP:Milan Zver (EPP)
Green MEP responsible:Oriol Junqueras Vies
Staff contact:Frédérique Chabaud (Email)