We are working within the framework of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region on behalf of the governments in the region.
The knowledge platform (KP) on Integration of Youth in NEET situation is one of three knowledge platforms in the flagship School to Work (S2W) within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR). The KP Integrate NEETs aims to increase and improve integration of young people in NEET situation into employment, education or training. It consists of actors who work directly with youth in NEET situation or have strategic responsibility for the group. The work of the Knowledge Platform is organized in Thematic Working Groups that meet regularly to jointly develop methods and policy recommendations, in a process of co-creation.
The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) is the first macro-regional strategy (MRS) in the European Union, involving eight Member States (MS); Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden. A macro-regional strategy (MRS) is an interconnected system, where existing institutions, existing funding and existing legislations are tools to be used, in different combinations, to reach the shared aims and objectives of the Strategy. These are formulated in an Action Plan agreed by the Member States. The Action Plan consists of 13 policy areas (PAs) and 4 horizontal actions (HAs). PA Education is one of those policy areas contributing to a strengthened social dimension of the EUSBSR. Action 1 in the PA Education Action plan has a specific focus on the reducing the rates of early school leaving and smoothening transition from school to work. Flagship S2W aims to tackle this societal problem.
Policy Area Education has a Coordinating group that can be understood as the board of directors. It consists of representatives of the Ministries of Education/Research and Employment/Social Affairs. The group holds meetings twice per year. One of the meetings is held in Brussels and the group is then extended with representatives from the Directorate Generals relevant for PA Education. Those are: DG Regional and Urban policy, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, DG Research and Innovation, DG Migration and Home Affairs, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. The mandate of the coordinating group is to recommend new flagships and when needed revise the Action Plan. The members of the group function as channels to and from respective MS, reaching out to stakeholders with new methods and policy recommendations and, the other way around, mobilize interest for the EUSBSR, proposals for new methods and policy recommendations to be channeled to the Policy Area Coordinators.