EEE-YFU advocates for its core values and ideas within different structures and platforms. It also co-operates with a wide range of partners at the European level.
Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sports
The Council of Europe, especially its Directorate of democratic citizenship and participation (Youth Department) is one of EEE-YFU’s most important partners.
EEE-YFU regularly organises and participates in activities and events with the Council of Europe and the European Youth Foundation.
The European Commission
As a stakeholder in European policy that has an influence on long-term youth exchanges, EEE-YFU has often fed into various policy areas of the European Commission, ranging from pupils' mobility to volunteering to the recognition of the value of long-term exchange year.
European Youth Forum
The European Youth Forum is a platform which brings together 99 National Youth Councils and International Youth NGOs from all over Europe. It provides its members with a space for networking and represents them and their interests – and thus the interests of young people in Europe – towards the European Institutions and other important bodies on European and international level such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations.
EEE-YFU has been a member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) for many years and is represented in its major statutory bodies and structures. In addition, EEE-YFU is participating actively in many ad hoc activities, such as trainings, seminars and info days on the recognition of non-formal education, mobility and volunteering, as well as several working groups. In many cases, EEE-YFU is represented by a member of the Pool of Representatives.
Lifelong Learning Platform
The Lifelong Learning Platform (formerly EUCIS-LLL) was born in 2005 as a response from civil society organisations to the defining and implementation of a European education and training policy in the framework of the Open Method of Coordination. Today, is acknowledged by the European Commission in 2009 as a “unique representation” of lifelong learning of the various education and training actors organised at EU level, and in 2011 as “in a unique position to support European networks in education and training to work collectively at European, national and local levels and to contribute to a structured policy dialogue within the open method of coordination in education and training”. Gathering 39 member organisations, the Platform is today the most legitimate interlocutor of the European institutions in the field of lifelong learning.
EEE-YFU has been a member of LLLP since spring 2012. Together with other members of the platform, EEE-YFU has been engaged in advocacy work in fields relevant to education and training organisations, such as the creation of the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport as well as the Europe 2020 strategy.
KeyCoNet is a growing network of more than 100 organisations representing educational stakeholder groups from 30 European countries, focused on improving the implementation of key competences in school education.
KeyCoNet is a network focused on identifying and analysing emergent strategies in implementing key competences into education reforms, and on this basis aims to produce recommendations for policy and practice. The aim is to identify, analyze and map key competence development initiatives and their implementation strategies across Europe, and to effectively impact on policy and practice by increasing the network's influence through dissemination and enlarging its membership.
EU Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism
The EU Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism has been working from October 2009 to mid 2011 on behalf of the European Commission on the situation of multilingualism in the fields of - amongst others -Education, Linguistic Diversity and Social Cohesion.
The Poliglotti4.eu project originated from the work of the Civil Society Platform. The long-term goal of the Poliglotti4.eu project is that multilingualism be systematically considered, and appropriate multilingual policies developed and implemented, at grass-roots level everywhere in Europe.
Other International Youth NGOs
In the past years EEE-YFU also co-operated at various levels with the following partners:
- European Students Forum (AEGEE)
- European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL)
- Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
- Youth for Exchange and Understanding International (YEU)
EEE-YFU also worked together with multiple other European youth organisations within the framework of the European Youth Forum and the Council of Europe.