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Youth action programme 2000-2006
The Youth Programme offers young people opportunities for mobility and active participation in the construction of the Europe and contributes to the development of youth policy, based on non-formal education. It aims to promote exchanges and discussion meetings between young people, voluntary work, participation and active citizenship, and the innovation and improvement of international training and cooperation skills in the youth field.
Decision No 1031/2000/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 April 2000 establishing the "Youth" Community action programme.
The "Youth" Community action programme combines in one instrument several activities which existed in previous programmes such as " Youth for Europe " and the European Voluntary Service, for the period 2000-2006. It is also based on the objectives defined by the Commission in its communication " Towards a Europe of knowledge " and hence tends to favour the creation of a European educational area.
The main objectives of the programme are as follows:
- to allow young people to acquire knowledge, skills and competences which may be one of the foundations of their future development;
- to promote an active contribution by young people to the building of Europe through their participation in transnational exchanges;
- to foster active citizenship on the part of young people and to enable them to become responsible citizens;
- to encourage young people's initiative, enterprise and creativity so that they may take an active role in society and, at the same time, to stimulate recognition of the value of informal education acquired within a European context;
- to promote respect for human rights and to combat racism and xenophobia;
- to reinforce cooperation in the field of youth.
The implementation of these objectives at European level will complement measures taken by and in the Member States. The Commission will ensure that action under the programme is consistent with the Community's other actions and policies.
The following actions will be carried out under the programme:
- Youth for Europe: mobility activities for groups of young people (from 15 to 25) based on transnational partnerships;
- European Voluntary Service: participation of young volunteers (between 18 and 25 years) in a Member State other than the one in which they reside, or in a third country, in a non-profit-making and unpaid activity of importance to the community and of a limited duration (12 months maximum);
- Initiative for youth: support for innovative and creative projects being promoted by young people;
- Joint actions: Community aid may be provided for actions undertaken jointly with other Community schemes in the field of knowledge policy;
- Various support measures: activities for cooperation, education and information, designed to encourage innovation and skills in the field of youth.
The programme is aimed principally at young people between the ages of 15 and 25 as well as those involved in youth work. Attention should be paid to ensuring that all young people, without discrimination, have access to the activities under the programme.
The Commission will ensure the implementation of the Community actions covered by the programme in conjunction with the Member States. The Member States will endeavour to take the necessary steps to ensure the efficient running of the programme at national level.
As part of the process of building up a Europe of knowledge, the measures of this programme may be implemented as joint actions with other Community actions which are part of the knowledge policy, particularly Community programmes in the area of education and vocational training of young people.
The Commission is responsible for managing the programme, which is largely decentralised to national employment agencies located in 31 European countries.
The Commission is assisted by a committee comprising representatives from the Member States and chaired by the representative of the Commission.
The financial resources for the implementation of the programme proposed by the Commission in the basic act is EUR 520 million over seven years. Because of the accession of the ten new Member States in 2004, this budget has received the favourable opinion of the European Parliament for an increase covering the period 2004-2006. It now amounts to EUR 615 million.
Besides the participation of the 25 Member States of the European Union, the programme is open to the participation of:
- the EU candidate countries, in accordance with the conditions fixed in the Europe agreements or in existing or anticipated additional protocols governing the participation of these countries in Community programmes (Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey);
- the countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) which belong to the European Economic Area (Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein)
- for some of the above-mentioned actions, the programme is also open to the participation of countries from other regions of the world, viz. the Mediterranean partner countries, the Eastern European and Caucasus countries, the countries of South Eastern Europe and Latin America.
The Commission is strengthening international cooperation and the relevant international organisations, particularly the Council of Europe
The programme is regularly monitored by the Commission in conjunction with the Member States. On the basis of the reports to be submitted by the Member States by 31 December 2002 and 30 June 2005 respectively, the Commission will submit to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions:
- an interim evaluation report on the implementation of the programme no later than 30 June 2005 (see below);
- a final ex-post evaluation report no later than 31 December 2007.
Entry into force - Date of expiry
Deadline for transposition in the Member States
Decision (EC) No 1031/2000
18.05.2000 - 31.12.2006
OJ L 117 of 18.05.2000