osaThe objective OSA wanted to achieve was to improve regional policies of OSA institutional partners both directly (Tuscany Region, Welsh Government Assembly, Gobierno Vasco, Jamtland Region) and indirectly (VHS in Baden-Württemberg, STVG in Styria) involved through the adoption and use of a model of Soft Open Method of Coordination whose scientific use is being guaranteed by the Scientific Coordination of the University of Florence along with the project coordinator (Melius) and Cedefop.


OSA partners represented Regional Governments and are functional to them. Each Government has its own agenda, priorities, political and legislative powers related to youth being the focus of OSA. That means that each of OSAinstitutions had its own specific objectives related to concrete actions (institutional competences, financial tools, political culture).


That implies the distinction between two main objectives related to OSA project:


1. Specific objectives that are related to each OSA partner: each of them get familiar and selected lifelong and lifewide measures and practices from other OSA regions that better suited its own context in view to their potential transfer. That hhelped them in enhancing quality and efficiency of regional lifelong learning policies as to some specific variables (i.e. access to learning, insertion into the labour market, social life, extension of the first professional experience, etc.).


2. Common objectives: OSA partners as a whole agreed on the objective to make youth policies effective and related models for their political management efficient as these latter ones enhance their coherence and comprehensiveness. This was why the starting point for OSA, in a transnational perspective, was the Regional Reports on the state of art of regional lifelong and lifewide policies addressed to youth. Comparison also concerned, depending on concrete OSA cases, how to cope with the regional, national and European systems of financing (i.e. ESF-European Social Fund, ERDF-European Research and Development Fund, etc.).


The successful management and end of the project directly affected on the institutional behaviours of OSA Governments in terms of reinforcing their will to commit themselves in concrete trans-regional, political and operational actions (i.e. mobility, youth education, lifelong learning regional plans, etc.).


The active involvement of Earlall that gathered more than 30 European Regions and had good cooperation with the Committee of the Regions guaranteed effective dissemination and exploitation till the end of the project and beyond.


OSA is a group of 6 Regional Governments (Tuscany Region, Welsh Government Assembly, Gobierno Vasco, Jamtland Region, VHS in Baden-Württemberg, STVG in Styria) which are involved to identify youth policies (16 – 32 years old).


The OSA project – ONE STEP AHEAD – leaded by the Tuscany Region and coordinated by Melius, has been financed by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme – KEY ACTIVITY 1 (ECET), (March 2011-February 2013).


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