Youth in Action programme

On 15 November 2006, the European Parliament and the Council adopted Decision No 1719/2006 /EC, which establishes the Youth in Action programme for the period 2007 to 2013. This document is the legal basis of the Programme for its entire duration.

Youth in Action is the EU Programme for young people aged 15-28 (in some cases 13-30). It aims to inspire a sense of active citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future.

Youth in Action is a programme for all! It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background.

Youth in Action is the successor of the YOUTH Programme (2000-2006). Building on the experience of the previous programmes for youth, Youth in Action is the result of a large consultation with the different stakeholders in the youth field and aims to respond to the evolutions and needs of young people at European level.

With a total budget of 885 million euros for seven years (2007-2013), the Programme supports a large variety of activities for young people and youth workers through five Actions.

The Youth in Action Programme aims to achieve the following general objectives:

  • promote young people’s active citizenship in general and their European citizenship in particular;
  • develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular in order to foster social cohesion in the European Union;
  • foster mutual understanding between young people in different countries;
  • contribute to developing the quality of support systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organisations in the youth field;
  • promote European cooperation in the yout field.


To this end, the Programme is structured around 5 Actions:

Action 1Youth for Europe

encourages young people's active citizenship, participation and creativity through youth exchanges, youth initiatives and youth democracy projects.

Action 2European Voluntary Service

helps young people to develop their sense of solidarity by participating, either individually or in group, in non-profit, unpaid voluntary activities abroad.

Action 3Youth in the World

promotes partnerships and exchanges among young people and youth organisations across the world.

Action 4Youth Support Systems

includes various measures to support youth workers and youth organisations and improve the quality of their activities.

Action 5Support for European Co-operation in the Youth field

supports youth policy co-operation at European level, in particular by facilitating dialogue between young people and policy makers.


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