02 February 2007
Youth in Action is the new EU Programme in the field of youth, which will be implemented from 1 January 2007 until 31 December 2013 with a total budget of 885 million euros. It is the successor of the YOUTH Programme (2000-2006)
The Youth in Action Programme makes an important contribution to the acquisition of competences and is therefore a key instrument in providing young people with opportunities for non-formal and informal learning with a European dimension.
The Youth in Action Programme is a programme for all. It encourages the involvement of young people with fewer opportunities and addresses young people aged between 13 and 30. This Programme is the result of a large consultation with the different stakeholders in the youth field and is the response to the evolutions in the youth sector at European level. It aims to inspire a sense of European citizenship among the youth of Europe and to involve them in constructing the future of the Community.
In order to achieve its objectives, the Youth in Action Programme foresees five operational Actions:
Action 1 - Youth for Europe: supporting exchanges and youth initiatives and encouraging young people's participation in democratic life;
Action 2 - European Voluntary Service: encouraging young people to take part in a voluntary activity abroad that benefits the general public;
Action 3 - Youth in the World: encouraging cooperation with Partner Countries by building networks, promoting the exchange of information and assisting with cross-border activities;
Action 4 - Youth Support Systems: promoting the development of exchange, training and information schemes; Action 5 - European Cooperation in the youth field contributing to the development of policy cooperation in the youth field.