Concept and Challenges


The development of a European youth policy – and the continued implementation of an EU Youth Strategy and the raising of youth policy-related issues within the Council of Europe in particular – has fostered European collaboration in the field of youth policy over the past decade. A new area of responsibility has also arisen in Germany in this context: the implementation of European matters at a national, regional, and municipal level.


This has led, among other things, to an increasing demand for more systematic knowledge on European youth policy. The Centre for European Youth Policy was created to deal with issues of European youth policy which are scientifically and/or politically relevant and to contribute to the mutual strengthening of the respective European and national perspectives on youth policy (across various levels) backed by scientific findings.


For the three years to come, the Centre for European Youth Policy will focus on the areas of Youth Work (as understood in a European rather than German context) and Democracy.


The following four fields of work will be at the centre of its efforts:


1.    Comparative Empirical Research

The Centre will conduct both its own surveys and analyses on Youth Work and Democracy and secondary analyses of existing data. The goal is to identify the concepts and institutional context which shape the various forms and offers in those fields and to clarify which conditions influence the implementation, structure, and scope of such offers both at a European level and in individual states.


2.    European (Social) Reporting

European youth policy entails various reporting requirements for the federal government. The Centre will gather, analyse, and prepare the necessary information and knowledge in a sound science-based manner to comply with these reporting requirements.


3.    Science-Based Political Consulting on European Youth Policy

The knowledge gained from comparative research and reporting will be published in scientific journals as well as edited for policy- and practice-oriented purposes. German and European stakeholders will have access to the corresponding presentations and publications.


4.    Creation of/Application for Research Projects

Additional modules with partners from Germany and European networks are planned in order to facilitate a more in-depth approach to individual issues.

Blum, Sonja/Schubert, Klaus: Politikfeldanalyse (2011). Elemente der Politik, 2nd revised edition, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, Wiesbaden.



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