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EUROPEAN COMMISSION  
DG Education and Culture 
 
Youth in Action Programme 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
YOUTH IN ACTION 
2007-2013 
 
PROGRAMME GUIDE 
Version valid as of 1st of January 2007 
 
 
 
 
 
 
http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.html 
 
  
 
 

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                                                                    CONTENT 
A.  INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................................................................... 6 
OBJECTIVES OF THE YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME..................................................................................................... 7 
PRIORITIES OF THE YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME....................................................................................................... 7 
1)   European citizenship...........................................................................................................................7 
2)  Participation of young people..............................................................................................................7 
3)   Cultural Diversity................................................................................................................................8 
4)   Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.........................................................................8 
STRUCTURE OF THE YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME ..................................................................................................... 9 
Action 1 – Youth for Europe........................................................................................................................9 
Action 2 – European Voluntary Service......................................................................................................9 
Action 3 – Youth in the World.....................................................................................................................9 
Action 4 – Youth Support Systems ............................................................................................................10 
Action 5 – Support for European cooperation in the youth field............................................................11 
B.  IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME ......................................................... 12 
WHO IMPLEMENTS THE YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME?............................................................................................ 12 
The European Commission ........................................................................................................................12 
The National Authorities............................................................................................................................12 
The National Agencies for Youth in Action..............................................................................................12 
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency ..................................................................13 
Other structures..........................................................................................................................................13 
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME? ................................................................................ 15 
Age limits for participants..........................................................................................................................15 
Programme Countries and Partner Countries.........................................................................................16 
Visas .............................................................................................................................................................17 
GENERAL SELECTION PROCEDURES............................................................................................................................... 18 
Application deadlines..................................................................................................................................18 
Application forms........................................................................................................................................19 
Eligibility criteria ........................................................................................................................................19 
Selection criteria..........................................................................................................................................19 
Award criteria .............................................................................................................................................20 
Notification of award decisions..................................................................................................................20 
General financial rules ...............................................................................................................................20 
WHAT HELP IS AVAILABLE? .......................................................................................................................................... 23 
The supportive approach ...........................................................................................................................23 
The training strategy of Youth in Action..................................................................................................23 
The National Agencies ................................................................................................................................24 
The SALTO Resource Centres ..................................................................................................................24 
The Eurodesks.............................................................................................................................................24 
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. .................................................................25 
The Partnership ..........................................................................................................................................25 
IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE YOUTH IN ACTION PROGRAMME................................................................................... 27 
Non-formal learning ...................................................................................................................................27 
Recognition of non-formal learning in Youth in Action ..........................................................................28 
Visibility of the Youth in Action Programme...........................................................................................28 
Valorisation and dissemination of results .................................................................................................28 
Anti-discrimination.....................................................................................................................................29 
Equality between women and men ............................................................................................................29 
Child protection and safety ........................................................................................................................29 
Multilingualism ...........................................................................................................................................30 
C.  ACTION 1 - YOUTH FOR EUROPE.................................................................................................................. 31 
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE ACTION?.......................................................................................................................... 31 
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITY ARE ELIGIBLE? .................................................................................................................... 31 
MULTI -MEASURE FINANCIAL AGREEMENTS................................................................................................................ 31 
ACTION 1.1 - YOUTH EXCHANGE .................................................................................................................................. 32 
What is a Youth Exchange? .......................................................................................................................32 
Note: what  a Youth Exchange is not ........................................................................................................32 
What are the eligibility criteria?................................................................................................................32 
What are the selection criteria?.................................................................................................................34 
What are the award criteria?.....................................................................................................................34 


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Who can apply?...........................................................................................................................................37 
How to apply?..............................................................................................................................................37 
How is the activity financed? .....................................................................................................................37 
What are the contractual obligations? ......................................................................................................39 
What support is available?.........................................................................................................................39 
Youthpass ....................................................................................................................................................39 
ACTION 1.2 - YOUTH INITIATIVES ................................................................................................................................. 40 
What is a Youth Initiative? ........................................................................................................................40 
Note : what a Youth Initiative is not..........................................................................................................40 
What are the eligibility criteria?................................................................................................................40 
What are the selection criteria?.................................................................................................................41 
What are the award criteria?.....................................................................................................................42 
How to make a good project?.....................................................................................................................42 
Who can apply?...........................................................................................................................................45 
How to apply?..............................................................................................................................................45 
How is the activity financed? .....................................................................................................................45 
What are the contractual obligations? ......................................................................................................46 
What support is available?.........................................................................................................................47 
ACTION 1.3 - YOUTH DEMOCRACY PROJECTS............................................................................................................... 48 
What is a Youth Democracy Project? .......................................................................................................48 
What are the eligibility criteria?................................................................................................................48 
What are the selection criteria?.................................................................................................................49 
What are the award criteria?.....................................................................................................................49 
How to make a good project?.....................................................................................................................50 
Who can apply?...........................................................................................................................................51 
How to apply?..............................................................................................................................................51 
How is the activity financed? .....................................................................................................................52 
What are the contractual obligations? ......................................................................................................52 
What support is available?.........................................................................................................................52 
STRUCTURING MEASURES FOR ACTION 1......................................................................................................... 54 
Mainstreaming the principles of visibility and valorisation....................................................................54 
Follow-up activities .....................................................................................................................................54 
Thematic approach and Networking.........................................................................................................54 
Multi -Measure Financial Agreements......................................................................................................55 
Call for pilot projects on thematic networking ........................................................................................56 
What are the aims of the sub-Action? .......................................................................................................56 
How to apply?..............................................................................................................................................56 
What are the selection criteria and how are projects funded? ...............................................................56 
OVERVIEW OF FUNDING RULES ..................................................................................................................................... 56 
D.  ACTION 2 – EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE....................................................................................... 61 
WHAT IS EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE? ................................................................................................................ 61 
NOTE: WHAT EVS IS NOT ............................................................................................................................................. 63 
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?......................................................................................................................... 63 
Project partners in EVS .............................................................................................................................63 
Accreditation of EVS organisations ..........................................................................................................64 
Participants..................................................................................................................................................65 
Mentor .........................................................................................................................................................65 
Duration.......................................................................................................................................................65 
Place .............................................................................................................................................................66 
Theme and tasks..........................................................................................................................................66 
WHAT ARE THE SELECTION CRITERIA? .......................................................................................................................... 66 
WHAT ARE THE AWARD CRITERIA? ............................................................................................................................... 66 
HOW TO MAKE A GOOD PROJECT? ................................................................................................................................. 67 
The EVS Charter ........................................................................................................................................67 
Planning, preparation, training, support and follow-up .........................................................................67 
Non-formal learning and working methods..............................................................................................68 
Impact ..........................................................................................................................................................69 
Evaluation....................................................................................................................................................69 
Valorisation of results.................................................................................................................................69 
Follow-up activity of the volunteer............................................................................................................70 
Visibility.......................................................................................................................................................70 
WHO CAN APPLY? ......................................................................................................................................................... 70 
HOW TO APPLY?............................................................................................................................................................ 70 


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Applications to be sent to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency:.......................71 
HOW IS THE ACTIVITY FINANCED?................................................................................................................................. 71 
Breakdown of the Community grant.........................................................................................................72 
Exceptional costs .........................................................................................................................................72 
WHAT ARE THE CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS? ............................................................................................................. 73 
Grant agreement .........................................................................................................................................73 
Activity Agreement .....................................................................................................................................73 
Insurance .....................................................................................................................................................74 
WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE? .................................................................................................................................... 74 
Non-financial support and services of EVS ..............................................................................................74 
EVS Advice and Support Organisations...................................................................................................74 
YOUTHPASS .................................................................................................................................................................. 75 
FORMER EVS VOLUNTEER STRUCTURES ....................................................................................................................... 75 
EXAMPLES .................................................................................................................................................................... 75 
EUROPEAN VOLUNTARY SERVICE CHARTER................................................................................................................. 76 
OVERVIEW OF FUNDING RULES ..................................................................................................................................... 77 
E.  ACTION 3 - YOUTH IN THE WORLD ............................................................................................................. 84 
WHAT IS YOUTH IN THE WORLD? ................................................................................................................................. 84 
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE ACTION? .......................................................................................................................... 84 
ACTION 3.1 - COOPERATION WITH THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES OF THE  EUROPEAN UNION ................................... 85 
What type of activities are eligible?...........................................................................................................85 
Youth Exchanges.........................................................................................................................................85 
Training and Networking Projects............................................................................................................87 
How to make a good project?.....................................................................................................................89 
Who can apply?...........................................................................................................................................89 
How to apply?..............................................................................................................................................89 
How are the activities financed? ................................................................................................................91 
What support is available?.........................................................................................................................91 
ACTION 3.2. COOPERATION WITH ‘OTHER PARTNER COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD’ ........................................................ 92 
What are the aims of the sub-Action? .......................................................................................................92 
What are the selection criteria and how are projects funded? ...............................................................92 
How to apply?..............................................................................................................................................92 
F.  ACTION 4 - YOUTH SUPPORT SYSTEMS...................................................................................................... 94 
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE ACTION?.......................................................................................................................... 94 
WHAT TYPE OF ACTIVITIES ARE ELIGIBLE?.................................................................................................................... 94 
ACTION 4.1 – SUPPORT FOR BODIES ACTIVE AT EUROPEAN LEVEL IN THE FIELD OF YOUTH .......................................... 95 
ACTION 4.2 – SUPPORT FOR THE EUROPEAN YOUTH FORUM ........................................................................................ 96 
What kind of activities are funded? ..........................................................................................................96 
Contact.........................................................................................................................................................96 
ACTION 4.3 - TRAINING AND NETWORKING OF THOSE ACTIVE IN YOUTH WORK AND YOUTH ORGANISATIONS ............. 97 
What is Training and Networking?...........................................................................................................97 
What are the eligibility criteria?................................................................................................................98 
What are the selection criteria?...............................................................................................................100 
What are the award criteria?...................................................................................................................100 
How to make a good project?...................................................................................................................101 
Who can apply?.........................................................................................................................................102 
How to apply?............................................................................................................................................103 
How is the activity financed? ...................................................................................................................103 
What are the contractual obligations? ....................................................................................................104 
What support is available for preparing and implementing a project?...............................................105 
Youthpass ..................................................................................................................................................105 
ACTION 4.4 – PROJECTS ENCOURAGING INNOVATION AND QUALITY........................................................................... 108 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action? .........................................................108 
What are the general selection criteria and how are projects funded?................................................108 
How to apply?............................................................................................................................................108 
ACTION 4.5 – INFORMATION ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THOSE ACTIVE IN YOUTH WORK AND YOUTH 
ORGANISATIONS .......................................................................................................................................................... 109 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action? .........................................................109 
What is the European Youth Portal? ......................................................................................................109 
What are the European Youth Campaigns?...........................................................................................109 
ACTION 4.6 – PARTNERSHIPS ...................................................................................................................................... 110 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action? .........................................................110 


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ACTION 4.7 – SUPPORT FOR THE STRUCTURES OF THE PROGRAMME........................................................................... 112 
ACTION 4.8 – ADDING TO THE VALUE OF THE PROGRAMME........................................................................................ 113 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action? .........................................................113 
Networking meetings between former participants and National Agencies ........................................113 
G. 
ACTION 5 – SUPPORT FOR EUROPEAN COOPERATION IN THE YOUTH FIELD....................... 114 
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE ACTION?........................................................................................................................ 114 
WHAT TYPE OF ACTIVITIES ARE ELIGIBLE?.................................................................................................................. 114 
ACTION 5.1 – MEETINGS OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH POLICY........................................ 115 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action? .........................................................115 
What types of activity are eligible?..........................................................................................................115 
TRANSNATIONAL YOUTH SEMINARS........................................................................................................................... 116 
What are the eligibility criteria?..............................................................................................................116 
What are the selection criteria?...............................................................................................................116 
What are the award criteria?...................................................................................................................116 
Who can apply?.........................................................................................................................................117 
How to apply?............................................................................................................................................117 
NATIONAL YOUTH SEMINARS..................................................................................................................................... 117 
What are the eligibility criteria?..............................................................................................................117 
What are the selection criteria?...............................................................................................................118 
What are the award criteria?...................................................................................................................118 
Who can apply?.........................................................................................................................................118 
How to apply?............................................................................................................................................118 
HOW TO MAKE A GOOD TRANSNATIONAL OR NATIONAL YOUTH SEMINAR? .............................................................. 118 
Non-formal learning experience ..............................................................................................................118 
HOW IS A PROJECT FINANCED? .................................................................................................................................... 119 
Contractual obligations ............................................................................................................................119 
ACTION 5.2 – SUPPORT FOR ACTIVITIES TO BRING ABOUT BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE FIELD OF 
YOUTH......................................................................................................................................................................... 120 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action? .........................................................120 
ACTION 5.3 – COOPERATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS......................................................................... 121 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action? .........................................................121 
H. 
ANNEX: ANNUAL PRIORITIES 2007 ........................................................................................................ 122 
2007: EUROPEAN YEAR OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL ...................................................................................... 122 
IMPROVING YOUNG PEOPLE’S HEALTH ........................................................................................................................ 122 
STRUCTURED DIALOGUE ............................................................................................................................................. 122 
GLOSSARY .................................................................................................................................................................. 123 
LIST OF CONTACT DETAILS ................................................................................................................................. 125 
 


A. Introduction 
 
The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States of the European Union 
have agreed to establish the Youth in Action Programme, which puts into effect the legal 
framework to support non-formal learning activities for young people. It will run from 2007 to the 
end of 2013.  
 
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. It contributes to the fulfilment of the 
aims set out in the revised Lisbon Strategy1, the European Youth Pact2, the framework of European 
Cooperation in the youth field3 and the Commission’s Plan D for democracy, dialogue and debate4, 
and aims to respond at European level to the needs of young people from adolescence to adulthood.  
 
The Youth in Action Programme builds on the experience of the previous Programme “Youth for 
Europe” (l989-1999), the European Voluntary Service and the YOUTH Programme (2000-2006). 
 
This Programme is presented by the Commission after a large consultation with the different 
stakeholders in the youth field. An interim evaluation of the YOUTH Programme was carried out in 
2003, receiving input from a wide variety of specialists, stakeholders and individuals involved in 
the Programme. An ex ante evaluation was used in the process of construction of Youth in Action.  
 
This Programme is the response to evolutions in the youth sector at European level. It is in line with 
the recent developments of the European Framework of European Cooperation in the youth field, 
and will support this political process. 
 
The overall budget of the Youth in Action Programme (2007-2013) is 885,000,000 €. 
 
The implementation of the 2007 call for proposals of the Youth in Action Programme is subject to the following 
conditions being met: 
•  adoption of the annual work programme for the Youth in Action Programme, after its referral to the 
Programme Committee;  
•  adoption of the 2007 budget of the European Union by the budgetary authority.  
 
Furthermore, the attention of the reader is drawn to the following: 
 
Apart from the Member States of the Union the only participating countries likely to participate as of 2007 are the 
EFTA/EEE countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Turkey; their participation is subject to specific 
agreements as mentioned in the Decision establishing the Programme. 
 
The Commission wishes to encourage the applicants of the European Union Member States to submit projects 
including partners or participants of these four countries. However, the Commission cannot guarantee that the 
necessary agreements will be finalised before the projects’ selection date.  
 
As a word of caution for this first year, it is thus recommended that the applicants of the European Union Member 
States submit projects likely to remain eligible even if the agreements are not concluded in time (notably 
presence of partners and/or participants of a sufficient number of European Union Member States as required 
for a given Programme Action).   
                                                 
1 Working together for growth and jobs. A new start for the Lisbon Strategy, COM (2005) 24 of 2 February 2005. 
2 Annex 1 of Presidency Conclusions of the European Council, Brussels, 22 and 23 March 2005 
3 Council Resolution (2002/C 168/02) of 27 June 2002 regarding the framework of European co-operation in the youth 
field, OJ C 168 of 13/7/2002, pp. 2-5. 
4 COM (2005) 494 final of 13 October 2005 


Objectives of the Youth in Action Programme 
The general objectives stated in the legal basis of the Youth in Action Programme are the 
following: 
 
•  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 youth field. 
 
These general objectives shall be implemented at project level taking into consideration the 
following permanent priorities. 
 
Priorities of the Youth in Action Programme 
1)   European 
citizenship 
Making young people aware that they are European citizens is a priority of the 
Youth in Action Programme. The objective is to encourage young people to reflect 
upon European topics including European citizenship and to involve them in the 
discussion on the construction and the future of the European Union.  
 
On this basis, projects should have a strong European dimension and stimulate 
reflection on the emerging European society and its values. 
2) 
Participation of young people 
A main priority of the Youth in Action Programme is the participation of young 
people in democratic life. The overall objective for participation is to encourage 
young people to be active citizens. This objective has the three following 
dimensions, laid down in the Council resolution on the common objectives for 
participation by and information for young people5: 
 
•  to increase the participation by young people in the civic life of their 
community; 
•  to increase participation by young people in the system of representative 
democracy;  
•   greater support for various forms of learning to participate.  
 
                                                 
5  Council Resolution (2003/C 295/04) of 25 November 2003, OJ C 295 of 5.12.2003, pp. 6-8. 


Projects funded under the Youth in Action Programme should reflect these three 
dimensions by using participation as a pedagogical principle for project 
implementation.  
3) 
 
Cultural Diversity  
The respect for cultural diversity together with the fight against racism and 
xenophobia are priorities of the Youth in Action Programme. By facilitating joint 
activities of young people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, 
the Programme aims to develop the intercultural learning of young people.  
 
As far as the development and implementation of projects are concerned, this means 
that young people participating in a project should become aware of its intercultural 
dimension. Intercultural working methods should be used to enable project 
participants to participate on an equal basis. 
4) 
 
Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities 
An important priority for the European Commission is to give young people with 
fewer opportunities access to the Youth in Action Programme.  
 
Youth groups and organisations should take appropriate measures to avoid exclusion 
of specific target groups. The Youth in Action Programme is a Programme for all,  
and efforts should be made to include young people with special needs. 
 
In close cooperation with the National Agencies and the SALTO Resource Centres, 
the European Commission has established a strategy for the inclusion of young 
people with fewer opportunities in the Youth in Action Programme, targeting in 
particular young people from a less-privileged educational, socio-economic, cultural 
or geographical background, or with disabilities. 
 
In addition, annual priorities may be fixed for the Youth in Action Programme and 
communicated on the Commission and National Agencies website and in the annex 
of the present Programme Guide. 
  
 


Structure of the Youth in Action Programme 
In order to achieve its objectives, the Youth in Action Programme foresees five operational 
Actions. 
Action 1 – Youth for Europe 
The aims of this Action are:  
 
•  to increase mobility of young people by supporting Youth Exchanges ; 
•  to develop young people’s citizenship and mutual understanding by 
supporting Youth Initiatives, projects and activities concerning their 
participation in democratic life.  
 
Action 1 supports the following measures. 
1.1  
Youth Exchanges  
Youth Exchanges offer an opportunity for groups of young people (in principle aged 
13 to 25) from different countries to meet and learn about each other’s cultures. The 
groups plan together their Youth Exchange around a theme of mutual interest. 
1.2.  
Youth Initiatives 
This sub-Action supports group projects designed at local, regional and national 
level. It also supports the networking of similar projects between different countries, 
in order to strengthen their European aspect and to enhance cooperation and 
exchanges of experiences between young people. Youth Initiatives address mainly 
young people between 18 and 30. Young people from the age of 15 may be admitted 
if accompanied by a youth worker or coach.  
1.3.  
Youth Democracy Projects 
This sub-Action supports young people’s participation in the democratic life of their 
local, regional or national community and at international level. It is open to young 
people between 13 and 30. 
Action 2 – European Voluntary Service 
The aim of the European Voluntary Service is to support young people's participation 
in various forms of voluntary activities, both within and outside the European Union.  
 
Under this Action, young people (aged 18 to 30) take part individually or in groups 
in non-profit, unpaid activities. The service may last up to twelve months. In 
exceptional cases, young people from 16 years old may participate in European 
Voluntary Service. 
Action 3 – Youth in the World 
The aim of this Action is to support projects with the Partner Countries, in particular 
exchanges of young people and those active in youth work and youth organisations 
and the development of partnerships and networks of youth organisations. 


3.1.  
Cooperation with the Neighbouring Countries of the European Union 
This sub-Action supports projects with Neighbouring Partner Countries. It mainly 
supports Youth Exchanges, Training and Networking Projects in the field of youth.  
3.2. 
 Cooperation with other countries of the world 
This sub-Action concerns cooperation in the field of youth, in particular the 
exchange of good practice with Partner Countries from other parts of the world. It 
encourages exchanges and training of young people and youth workers, partnerships 
and networks of youth organisations.  
Action 4 – Youth Support Systems 
The aim of this Action is to support bodies active at European level in the field of 
youth, in particular the operation of youth NGOs, their networking, advice for people 
developing projects, ensuring quality by means of the exchange, training and 
networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations,  encouraging 
innovation and quality, providing young people with information, developing the 
structures and activities needed for the Programme to meet these goals  and 
encouraging partnerships with local and regional authorities. 
 
Action 4 is subdivided into eight sub-Actions: 
4.1. 
Support to bodies active at European level in the field of youth 
This sub-Action concerns operating grants to NGOs active at European level in the 
field of youth that pursue a goal of general interest. Their activities are aimed at 
young people’s participation in public life and in society and the development of 
European cooperation activities in the field of youth. 
4.2. 
Support to the European Youth Forum 
A grant is awarded every year under this sub-Action to support the ongoing activities 
of the European Youth Forum.  
4.3. 
Training and networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations 
This sub-Action supports the training of those active in youth work and youth 
organisations, in particular the exchange of experiences, expertise and good practice 
between them as well as activities which may lead to long-lasting quality projects 
and partnerships and networks. 
4.4. 
Projects encouraging innovation and quality  
This sub-Action supports projects aimed at introducing, implementing and promoting 
innovative approaches in the youth field.  
4.5. 
Information activities for young people and those active in youth work and youth 
organisations 
Under this sub-Action support will be given to activities at European and national 
level which improve young people’s access to information and communication 
services and increase the participation of young people in the preparation and 
dissemination of user-friendly, targeted information products.  It also supports the 
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development of European, national, regional and local youth portals for the 
dissemination of specific information for young people.  
4.6. Partnerships 
 
This sub-Action is for the funding of partnerships with regional or local bodies, in 
order to develop long-term projects which combine various measures in the 
Programme.  
4.7.  
Support for the structures of the Programme 
This sub-Action funds the management structures of the Programme, in particular the 
National Agencies. 
4.8. 
Adding to the value of the Programme 
This sub-Action will be used by the Commission to fund seminars, colloquia and 
meetings to facilitate the implementation of the Programme and the valorisation of 
its results. 
Action 5 – Support for European cooperation in the youth field  
The aim of this Action is: 
 
•  to organise structured dialogue between the various actors in the field of youth, in 
particular the young people themselves, those active in youth work and youth 
organisations and policymakers;  
•  to support Youth Seminars and National Transnational Youth Seminars; 
•  to contribute to the development of policy cooperation in the youth field;  
•  to facilitate the development of networks in order to improve a better 
understanding of youth; 
•  to support cooperation with international organisations. 
5.1. 
Meetings of young people and those responsible for youth policy 
This sub-Action supports cooperation, seminars and structured dialogue between 
young people, those active in youth work and those responsible for youth policy. The 
activities include the conferences organised by the Presidencies of the European 
Union and the European Youth Week 
5.2. 
Support for activities to bring about better knowledge of the field of youth 
This sub-Action supports the identification of existing knowledge relating to the 
priorities in the field of youth, established in the framework of the Open Method of 
Coordination.  
5.3. 
Co-operation with international organisations 
This Action will be used to support the European Union’s cooperation with 
international organisations working in the youth field, in particular the Council of 
Europe, the United Nations or its specialised institutions. 
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B.  Implementation of the Youth in Action 
Programme 

Who implements the Youth in Action Programme?  
The European Commission 
The European Commission is ultimately responsible for the smooth running of the 
Youth in Action Programme. It manages the budget and sets priorities, targets and 
criteria for the Programme on an ongoing basis. Furthermore, it guides and monitors 
the general implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the Programme at European 
level. 
 
The European Commission also bears overall responsibility for the supervision and 
coordination of the National Agencies, which are offices that have been designated 
and set up by the national authorities in charge of youth affairs in each Programme 
Country. The European Commission cooperates closely with the National Agencies 
and oversees their activities.  
 
The European Commission relies on the Education, Audiovisual and Culture 
Executive Agency. 
The National Authorities 
The EU Member States, as well as the other Programme Countries, are involved in 
the management of Youth in Action, in particular through the Programme 
Committee, to which they appoint representatives. They are also responsible for 
designating and monitoring the National Agencies. This latter task is shared with the 
European Commission. 
The National Agencies for Youth in Action 
Implementation of the Youth in Action Programme is mainly decentralised, the aim 
being to work as closely as possible with the beneficiaries and to adapt to the 
diversity of national systems and situations in the field of youth. Each Programme 
Country has appointed a National Agency (see below). These National Agencies 
promote and implement the Programme at national level and act as the link between 
the European Commission, project promoters at national, regional and local level, 
and the young people themselves. It is their task: 
 
•  to collect and provide appropriate information on the Youth in Action 
Programme; 
•  to administer a transparent and equitable selection process for project 
applications to be funded at decentralised level; 
•  to provide effective and efficient administrative processes; 
•  to seek co-operation with external structures in order to help to implement the 
Programme; 
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•  to evaluate and monitor the implementation of the Programme; 
•  to provide support to project applicants and promoters throughout the project 
life cycle; 
•  to form with all National Agencies and the Commission a good functioning 
network; 
•  to improve the visibility of the Programme; 
•  to promote the dissemination and valorisation of results of the Programme at 
national level.  
 
In addition they play an important role as intermediate structure for the 
development of youth work by:  
 
•  creating opportunities to share experiences; 
•  providing training and non-formal learning experiences; 
•  promoting values like social inclusion, cultural diversity and active 
citizenship; 
•  supporting all kinds of youth structures and groups, especially non-organised; 
•  fostering recognition of non-formal learning through appropriate measures; 
 
Finally, they act as a supporting structure for the framework of European co-
operation in the youth field. 
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency  
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is responsible for the 
implementation of the centralised Actions of the Youth in Action Programme. It is 
in charge of the complete life cycle of these projects. 
 
In addition, it undertakes the support activities set out under the section “What help 
is available?”. 
Other structures 
Apart from the bodies mentioned above, the following structures provide 
complementary expertise concerning the Youth in Action Programme: 
The SALTO Resource Centres 
The aim of the SALTO Resource Centres is to help improve the quality of projects 
funded under Youth in Action in the priority fields. In these European priority areas, 
SALTO provides resources, information and training for National Agencies and 
European youth work and fosters the recognition of non-formal learning. 
The Eurodesk network  
The Eurodesk Network offers information services to young people and those who 
work with them, on European opportunities in education, training and youth fields, 
and the involvement of young people in European activities. The Eurodesk Network 
offers enquiry answering services, funding information, events and publications.  
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The Partnership between the Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth work 
The  Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe 
aims at increasing the synergies between the two institutions and their stakeholders 
mainly in the field of youth policy, youth work and youth research. The Partnership 
provides trainings, seminars, network meetings and T(raining)-kits that can be used 
for the preparation and implementation of a project. It manages the European 
Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP), a research database for youth policy 
across Europe.  
 
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Who can participate in the Youth in Action Programme?  
 
The Youth in Action Programme addresses young people aged between 13 and 30 who 
are legally resident in one of the Programme Countries or, depending on the nature of the 
Action, in one of the Partner Countries, as well as other actors in the field of youth and non-
formal education.  
 
The main target group of the Programme are young people between 15 and 28 years
 
The Programme is open to all young people independently of their level of education or 
social and cultural background. 
Age limits for participants 
The age limits applying to each of the Actions are set out in the table below. 
 
Upper age limits:  Participants must not be older than the indicated maximum age at 
the application deadline. For example, if the upper age limit is 25 years, participants 
must not have reached their 26th birthday by the application deadline.  
 
Lower age limit: Participants must have reached the minimum age at the application 
deadline. For example, if the lower age limit is 13 years, participants must have 
reached their 13th birthday by the application deadline.  
 
 
 
 
Lower age limit 
Upper age limit        Exception 
Action 1: Youth for Europe   
 
 
 
1.1 Youth Exchange 
 
 
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25 
      
  26-30 
1.2. Youth Initiatives   
 
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30 
     
  15-17 
1.3. Youth Democracy 
       Projects 
 
 
 
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30 
      
  None 
 
Action 2: European Voluntary Service 
 
 
 
       
     Lower age limit 
       Upper age limit 
Exception 
 
 
 
 
 
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30 
      
  16-17 
 
Action 3: Youth in the world 
For Youth Exchanges, the rules as in Action 1 apply, for Training and Networking Projects, 
the rules as in Action 4 apply. 
 
Action 4: Youth support systems 
No age limits 
 
Action 5: European cooperation in the youth field 
5.1 Transnational Youth Seminars and National Youth Seminars 
 
            Lower age limit            Upper age limit 
 
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30 
 
The exceptional lower age limits, foreseen for Youth Initiatives and for EVS, may 
only be applied under the condition that appropriate supervision is provided.  
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Programme Countries and Partner Countries 
Most types of project co-financed by the Youth in Action Programme require a 
partnership to be established between two or more partners. A distinction is made 
between Programme Countries and Partner Countries. 
Programme Countries 
 
The following countries are Programme Countries: 
Member States of the European Union (EU)6 
Austria 
Germany 
Netherlands 
Belgium 
Greece 
Poland 
Bulgaria 
Hungary 
Portugal 
Cyprus 
Ireland 
Romania 
Czech Republic 
Italy 
Slovak Republic 
Denmark 
Latvia 
Slovenia 
Estonia 
Lithuania 
Spain 
Finland 
Luxembourg  
Sweden 
France 
Malta 
United Kingdom 
 
Programme Countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA)7 
 which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA)8 
Iceland Liechtenstein 
Norway 
 
Programme Countries which are candidates for accession to the 
European Union9 
 Turkey 
 
 
 
Participants from Programme Countries can participate in all Actions of the Youth 
in Action
 Programme. 
                                                 
6 Individuals from an Overseas Country and Territory (OCT), and where applicable the relevant public and/or private 
bodies and institutions in an OCT, shall be eligible for the Youth in Action Programme, subject to the rules of the 
Programme and the arrangements applicable to the Member State with which they are connected. The concerned OCTs 
are listed in annex 1A of Council decision of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and 
territories with the European Community (2200/822/EC), Official Journal L 314 of 30 November 2001 
7 Switzerland will be a Programme Country upon conclusion of a bilateral agreement between the EU and Switzerland. 
8 The participation of the EFTA/EEA countries is subject to the entry into force of the relevant EEA Joint Committee 
decision. 
9 Having met the conditions envisaged as necessary in view to implement the Programme at national level. 
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Neighbouring Partner Countries 
The  Youth in Action Programme supports cooperation between Programme 
Countries and the following Neighbouring Partner Countries: 
 
South East Europe10 
Eastern Europe and 
Mediterranean Partner 
Caucasus11 
Countries12 
 
 
 
Albania 
Armenia 
Algeria                               
Bosnia and Herzegovina  Azerbaijan 
Egypt 
Croatia 
Belarus 
Israel 
Former Yugoslav  
Georgia 
Jordan 
Republic of Macedonia   Moldova 
Lebanon 
(FYROM) 
Russian Federation14 
Morocco 
Montenegro 
Ukraine 
Palestinian Authority of 
Serbia13 
 
the West Bank and Gaza 
 
Strip 
 
Syria 
Tunisia 
 
Other Partner Countries of the World 
Cooperation with other Partner Countries of the world, having signed agreements 
with the European Community relevant to the youth field, is possible under Action 2 
and 3.2 of the Programme.  
Visas 
In principle, Youth in Action Programme beneficiaries from non-European Union 
(EU) countries coming into the EU, and young people from the EU going to non-EU 
countries to take part in various youth projects have to apply for a visa of entry into 
the relevant host country. Young people resident within an EU Member State, who 
are holders of a non-EU nationality/passport, might also need a visa to enter another 
EU Member State.  
 
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure, in cooperation with all partner 
organisations, that any visa required is in order before the planned activity takes 
place. It is strongly recommended that the visa is arranged well in advance, since the 
process may take several weeks. 
 
The Commission has published some General Recommendations for visa/residence 
permit applications for the Youth in Action Programme participants. This document 
has been prepared for the benefit of youth organisations, youth workers and leaders 
and young people with the aim of providing them with help and advice on advance 
                                                 
10 Countries involved in the Stabilisation and Association process. 
11 Countries under the provisions of the European Neighbourhood Policy, having signed agreements with the European 
Community relevant to the youth field. 
12 Same as above. 
13 Including Kosovo, under the auspices of the United Nations, pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10 
June 1999 
14 Although not participating to the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Russian Federation is considered as 
Neighbouring Partner Country by means of a special Partnership Agreement signed with the European Union. 
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preparation before applying for visas in the case of short-term (up to 3 months) and 
long-term (more than 3months) mobility projects. The document can be downloaded 
from the Commission website.  
 
National Agencies and the Executive Agency may give further advice and support 
concerning visas, residence permits, social security etc. 
General selection procedures 
Project promoters and young people interested in setting up a project must complete the 
relevant application forms and follow the application procedures which are described briefly 
below and explained in more detail under each Action.  
 
Compliance with formal and quality criteria and with the objectives, as well as the priorities 
of the Youth in Action Programme and its Actions, are the basis for each grant award 
decision. 
 
The vast majority of applications are processed at national level by the National Agencies. 
Projects are selected by national selection panels, which are composed of people familiar 
with the youth field and youth activities, for example members of National Youth Councils. 
Selections are made in accordance with the European Commission’s guidelines. 
 
Only a limited number of specific project types are dealt with directly at the European level 
and are mostly selected by the Executive Agency.  
 
In all Actions, European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs), which are based in one 
of the Programme Countries and have member branches in at least eight Programme 
Countries, must apply directly to the Executive Agency.  
Application deadlines 
For projects that are selected at national level, there are five application deadlines a 
year: 
 
Projects starting between 
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1 May and 30 September  
1 February  
1 July and 30 November  
1 April  
1 September and 31 January  
1 June  
1 December and 30 April  
1 September  
1 February and 31 July  
1 November  
 
For all projects selected at European level, there are three application deadlines a 
year:  
 

Projects starting between 
Application deadline 
1 July and 30 November 
1 February 
1 November and 30 March 
1 June 
1 January and 31 July  
1 September 
                                                 
 
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Application forms 

The National Agencies and the Executive Agency provide the official application 
forms. They can also be downloaded from the Commission, the Executive Agency 
and the National Agencies websites (see Annex).  
Applications must be submitted by the deadlines given in the grid above. 
Eligibility criteria 
To be eligible, a grant application must be submitted on the relevant form mentioned 
above, by the relevant deadline, by a legal person (the project promoter is generally 
an association but by way of exception, under certain Actions, natural persons may 
receive grants, as defined under each Action concerned). The applicant must be a 
non-profit organisation (for certain activities, a profit-making organisation may 
receive a grant). 
 
The application must respect the eligibility criteria relating to the Action concerned: 
 
•  eligibility criteria described in this section (regarding the countries 
concerned or the age of the participants); 
•  specific eligibility criteria given in the section relating to the relevant 
Action (for example, nature of the activity foreseen, number of 
participants). 
Selection criteria 
An application satisfying the eligibility criteria must also be checked against the 
following selection criteria: 
 
•  the applicant must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to 
maintain the activity throughout its duration or the year for which the 
grant is awarded, and to participate in its funding; 
•  the applicant must have sufficient and appropriate capacities and 
motivation to complete the proposed activity. 
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Award criteria 
The applications having satisfied the selection criteria are then assessed against the 
award criteria, with a view to determine the projects or bodies which aim to 
maximise the overall effectiveness of the Programme, in addition to complying with 
the objectives and priorities of the Programme, guaranteeing the visibility of the 
financing by the European Union and proposing appropriate activities to ensure 
results are exploited as widely as possible. 
 
The award criteria are described under each Action. 
Notification of award decisions  
The meetings of the panels responsible for the assessment of proposals, whether at 
national or at European level, usually take place between 6 and 8 weeks after the 
application deadlines. In general, applicants are notified of the award decisions with 
respect to their application, ten to twelve weeks after the application deadline. For 
more detailed information on results, applicants are invited to contact their National 
Agency (for projects selected at national level) or the Executive Agency (for projects 
selected at European level). 
General financial rules  
As with all Community grants, financial contributions awarded under the Youth in 
Action Programme are subject to some rules deriving from the Financial Regulations 
applicable to the General Budget of the European Union. Their application is 
compulsory. 
 
The financial rules are described briefly hereunder and in more detail under each 
Action. 
Type of grants 
The Youth in Action Programme supports two types of grants: 
 
•  grants for projects (for example, to support a project of Youth 
Exchange under Action 1.1); 
•  grants for the operating budget of a body active in the field of youth 
(for example, to support a Youth NGO under Action 4.1). 
No double-financing 
Each individual beneficiary is entitled to receive one, and only one, grant from the 
Community budget for the same project. Projects which plan to obtain, or have 
already received another Community grant are deemed ineligible.  
 
A beneficiary may be awarded only one operating grant per financial year. 
Grant amount 
It should be noted that the amount granted by the contract is to be considered as a 
maximum which cannot be increased in any circumstances.  
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However, the final amount is only granted after analysis of the final report and can 
be reduced on inspection of the actual implementation of the project (for example, 
the final grants based on fixed amounts are calculated on the basis of the actual 
number of participants and not on the foreseen number of participants). 
 No-profit 
Grants awarded must not have the purpose or the effect of producing a profit for the 
beneficiary. In practical terms this means that:  
 
•  if the total income of a project is higher than the final total costs of the 
project, the Community grant will be reduced accordingly after the 
analysis of the final report. Contributions of a flat-rate amount and 
scales of unit costs are not affected by this rule; 
•  Organisations receiving a Community operating grant are not allowed 
to have a surplus balance on the operating budget.  
 
Existence of a profit may bring about recovery of amounts previously paid. 
Cofinancing 
The grant cannot finance the entire costs of the project. Promoters must show their 
commitment to the project by finding financing sources other than the Community 
grant. This can be done, for example, by running fund-raising activities, by adding 
own resources, or by requesting grants from other organisations (e.g. municipalities 
or other local or regional authorities). Proof of co-financing must be included in the 
final report.  
 
Contributions of a flat-rate amount and scales of unit costs are not affected by this 
rule. Contributions in kind are considered an eligible source of co-financing.  
Eligibility period – distinction between project dates and activity dates 
The project dates cover the whole period from initial preparation to final evaluation. 
The activity dates refer to the period during which the actual activity takes place (e.g. 
the day the volunteer arrives in the host country until the day he/she leaves, the first 
and the last day of a Youth Exchange, etc.).  
 
Selected projects must not start earlier than indicated in the table above. It is strongly 
recommended that activities do not start on the first day of the project period, as this 
would mean that costs linked to preparatory work are incurred prior to the project 
period and cannot be covered by the grant.   
 
The final report of a project must be sent to the National Agencies, for projects 
selected at national level, or to the Executive Agency, for projects selected at 
European level, no later than 2 months after the end of the project.  
Non retroactivity 
No grant may be awarded retrospectively for projects already completed. 
 
A grant may be awarded for a project which has already begun only where the 
applicant can demonstrate the need to start the project before the agreement has been 
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signed. In such cases, expenditure eligible for financing may not have been incurred 
prior to the date of submission of the grant application.  
 
IMPORTANT: Starting the project before signing the agreement is done at the risk 
of the organisation and does not make it more likely a grant will be awarded. 
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What help is available?  
The supportive approach  
The supportive approach of the Youth in Action Programme consists of guiding 
users of the Programme through all phases, from the first contact with the 
Programme through the application process to the realisation of the project and the 
final evaluation.  
 
This principle should not be in contradiction with fair and transparent selection 
procedures. However, it is based on the idea that in order to guarantee equal 
opportunity to everybody, it is necessary to give more assistance to some groups of 
young people through advising, counseling, monitoring, and coaching systems.  
 
Therefore, an important principle of the Youth in Action Programme is the 
provision of assistance, training and advice for the applicants at different levels. At 
decentralised level, the National Agencies and the Eurodesk network provide training 
and information. At centralised level, help is provided through the Executive Agency 
and the SALTO network. 
 
The Annex to this Programme Guide contains a list of contact details for the 
European Commission, the Executive Agency, the National Agencies, SALTO 
Resource Centres, the Eurodesk network and the Partnership between the 
Commission and the Council of Europe.  
The training strategy of Youth in Action  
The European Training Strategy of the Youth in Action Programme is co-ordinated 
by the European Commission and aims to contribute to develop quality of support 
systems for youth activities and the capabilities of civil society organisations in the 
youth field and is the core element of a coherent quality approach of the Programme, 
which includes communication measures, recognition of non-formal learning 
activities, co-operation of all actors and applied youth and educational research 
activities. 
 
The European Training Strategy of Youth in Action is the main instrument of the 
Programme for sustainable capacity building of youth workers and other key actors. 
The training strategy provides support for the key actors to deal with needed attitudes 
and competences, especially in the field of non-formal learning and the work with 
young people on European level and in a European context.  
 
The main stakeholders are: 
•  The National Agencies; 
•  The SALTO Resource Centres; 
•  The Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe; 
•  NGOs, active in the youth field; 
•  European Trainers. 
 
The main elements are: 
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•  training and Co-operation Plans (TCPs), the National Agencies’ instrument of 
quality support in their role as intermediate structure;  
•  training for NA staff and staff of other structures of the Programme; 
•  SALTO Resource Centres offering content related support for National 
Agencies, organisations and individuals; 
•  resources of the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council 
of Europe in the field of youth;  
•  Action 4.3 Training and Networking for those active in youth work and youth 
organisations. 
The National Agencies  
The National Agencies (NAs) provide training and general information on training 
possibilities for the preparation and implementation of projects.  
 
Each National Agency 
•  offers a set of national and international trainings, seminars and workshops to 
people being interested or already involved in Youth in Action projects; 
•  gives advice, information and assistance to participants, project coordinators, 
actual or potential partners and beneficiaries throughout the process of 
planning and carrying out projects; 
•  helps building, developing and consolidating transnational partnerships 
between the various players in the Programme; 
•  delivers a set of information about the Programme, its rules and practice ; 
•  organises conferences, meetings, seminars and other events to inform target; 
audiences about the Programme, to improve its management and 
presentation, to disseminate results and good practice. 
The SALTO Resource Centres 
SALTO (Support for Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities) Resource 
Centre provides training and cooperation opportunities aiming at quality 
improvement and recognition of non-formal learning. 
 
Their work is composed of: 
 
•  organising training courses, study visits, forums and partnership-building 
activities ;  
•  developing and documenting training and youth work methods and tools;   
•  giving an overview of European training activities that are open for youth 
workers through the European Training Calendar ; 
•  developing practical publications ; 
•  providing up-to-date information about European youth work and the 
different priorities; 
•  providing a database of trainers and resource persons in the field of youth 
work and training; 
•  coordinating the Youthpass. 
The Eurodesks 
 The  Eurodesk network relays general information in the youth field and assists with 
disseminating information concerning the Youth in Action Programme. The 
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Eurodesk national partners deliver a range of public European information services at 
national, regional and local levels, which can include:  
•  free enquiry answering - by phone, visit, e-mail, fax, etc. ; 
•  advice and help to enquirers; 
•  publications and resources; 
•  events, conferences, seminars etc;  
•  internet access to European information;  
•  training and support services.  
 
Eurodesk also provides content for the European Youth Portal and offers online 
information services and contact details through its web site. 
 
The network contributes to the up-dating of data on the European Youth Portal and 
enhances its promotion and further development. To this end, Eurodesk co-operates 
with other relevant youth information networks, in particular with the European 
Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA) and the European Youth 
Card Association (EYCA). 
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. 
The  Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, through its Youth 
Helpdesk, provides support to help the achievement of high quality standards in the 
project management and provides technical support to all actors involved in Europe-
wide and international youth projects, with a specific focus on beneficiaries and 
participants based in countries where National Agencies are not present (regions of 
South East Europe, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, Latin America and the ACP 
countries).  
 
In particular the Youth Helpdesk performs the following tasks. It:  
•  provides assistance to project promoters, organisations and participants on 
specific request; 
•  supports visa issuing and best practice dissemination tools to help Youth 
promoters to overcome obstacles related to trans-national mobility;   
•  provides help with crisis management; 
•  supports the accreditation of organisations participating in EVS projects; 
•  provides, on the basis of needs identified by the European Commission, 
training and job-shadowing for the National Agencies. 
The Partnership  
The Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the 
field of youth policy, youth research and youth work (“The Partnership”) provides 
useful information on the context of youth policy in Europe and tools that can be 
used for planning and implementing projects. 
Main activities are trainings, seminars and network meetings involving youth 
workers, youth leaders, trainers, researchers, policy-makers, experts and practitioners 
on topics mentioned above and contributing to the structured dialogue. 
Activities focus particularly on European citizenship and human rights education, 
intercultural dialogue and co-operation, quality in youth work and training, 
recognition and visibility of youth work, better understanding and knowledge of 
youth, youth policy development, promoting understanding of and respect for 
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cultural diversity. Part of the activities have a regional focus, for example on 
countries which form part of the European Neighbourhood Policy.  
The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP) constitutes a single 
entry point to retrieve up-to-date research based information on the realities of youth 
across Europe. It promotes exchange of information and dialogue between policy-
makers, practitioners and youth researchers. 
The results of the Partnership are disseminated through the transfer of training 
modules, the Partnership website and research publications. T(raining)-Kits are 
thematic handbooks that can be used in Youth in Action projects.  
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Important features of the Youth in Action Programme   
Non-formal learning  
The Youth in Action Programme provides important opportunities for young people 
to acquire skills and competences. Therefore it is a key instrument for non-formal 
and informal learning in a European dimension. 
 
Non-formal and informal learning in the Youth in Action Programme takes place in 
a wide and varied range of settings. Learning in the youth field provides important 
and effective instruments for making learning  attractive, developing readiness for 
lifelong learning and promoting the social integration of young people. 
 
Non-formal and informal learning enables young people to acquire essential 
competences and contribute to their personal development, social inclusion and 
active citizenship, thereby improving their employment prospects. Learning activities 
within the youth field provide a significant added value for society, the economy and 
young people themselves.  
 
Non-formal and informal learning activities within the Youth in Action Programme 
are complementary to the formal education and training system. They have a 
participative and learner-centred approach, are carried out on a voluntary basis and 
are therefore closely linked to young people's needs, aspirations and interests. By 
providing an additional source of learning and a route into formal education and 
training, such activities are particularly relevant to young people with fewer 
opportunities. 
 
The draft guidelines of the European Mobility Quality Charter have been taken into 
account when defining and assessing the quality of mobility and non-formal learning 
in the Youth in Action Programme. This is notably reflected through the award 
criteria of the different Actions and sub-Actions, the supportive approach by 
Commission and National Agencies towards the target groups of the programme, the 
definition of rights and responsibilities in European Voluntary Service, and, finally, 
the emphasis put on recognition of the non-formal learning experience. 
 
Projects funded by the Youth in Action Programme have to follow the non-formal 
learning principles. These are:  
 
•  learning in non-formal learning is intended and voluntary; 
•  education takes place in a diverse range of environments and 
situations for which training and learning are not necessarily the sole 
or main activity; 
•  the activities may be staffed by professional learning facilitators (such 
as youth trainers/workers) or volunteers (such as youth leaders or 
youth trainers); 
•  the activities are planned but are seldom structured by conventional 
rhythms or curriculum subjects; 
•  the activities usually address specific target groups and document 
learning in a specific, field oriented way. 
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Recognition of non-formal learning in Youth in Action 
Youthpass is the instrument of validation and recognition for the Youth in Action 
Programme. Through the Youthpass certificate the European Commission ensures 
that the learning experience gained through the Youth in Action Programme is 
recognised as an educational experience and a period of non-formal learning. 
 
Participants of the Youth in Action Programme are entitled to receive recognition of 
the non-formal learning experience they acquired through undertaking a Youth in 
Action
 project.  
For further information, applicants are invited to contact SALTO Training and 
Cooperation in Germany (see contact details in the annex to this Programme Guide).  
Visibility of the Youth in Action Programme  
All projects funded under the Youth in Action Programme have to provide a clear 
added promotional value for the Programme.  
 
Enhancing visibility of the Youth in Action Programme means for example that 
activities and products funded within the Programme must clearly mention that they 
have received Commission support (including through the use of European and 
Youth in Action logos).  
 
Each project should also communicate, to a certain extent, the Youth in Action 
Programme. Project partners should make use of all opportunities to have appropriate 
media coverage (local, regional, national, international) for their activities, before 
and during their implementation.  
 
The political objective is to ensure that all beneficiaries are aware of the fact that 
they are participating in a European Programme, but also to show to the wider public 
that the European Union is creating learning opportunities for young people.  
Valorisation and dissemination of results  
Valorisation can be defined as the process of disseminating and exploiting the results 
of projects with a view to optimising their value, strengthening their impact and 
making the largest possible number of young people in Europe benefit from it.  
 
This implies transferring outcomes towards the appropriate stakeholders and 
multiplying them on a larger scale. In order to have an impact (at local, regional, 
national, and in some cases also at European level), the results of all Youth in 
Action
 projects need to produce long-lasting effects and to be better known and 
actively used.  
 
For this purpose, the Commission has established a valorisation strategy targeting the 
systematic dissemination and exploitation of project outcomes at various levels. The 
different actors involved in the Programme (European Commission, National 
Agencies, project promoters etc.) have a specific role to play in this sense and carry 
out various activities to this end.  
 
As far as project promoters are concerned, they should carry out activities aimed at 
making their projects and the results more visible, better known and sustainable. This 
means that the results of a project will continue to be used and have a positive effect 
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on the largest possible number of young people once the project has come to an end. 
By planning valorisation activities as part of their projects, promoters will increase 
the quality of their work and actively contribute to the overall impact of the Youth in 
Action
 Programme. 
 
Because of the heterogeneous nature of the five Actions of the Programme, different 
valorisation approaches need to be developed by the projects. 
 
For example, small projects may aim more towards having an impact at local level 
by carrying out visibility activities and by raising awareness of the participants. 
 
On the contrary, larger projects, based on bigger partnerships, may be more 
ambitious and aim at creating an impact at sectoral or national and European level 
through a strategy for the dissemination, exploitation and follow-up of their results. 
 
Certain additional follow-up activities can be supported by the Youth in Action 
Programme in order to increase the benefits to be drawn from the valorisation 
process. 
Anti-discrimination 
Anti-discrimination is a core element of the Youth in Action Programme.  
 
The Programme should be accessible to all young people without any form of 
discrimination on grounds of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, 
disability or sexual orientation.  
Equality between women and men 
Equality between women and men was strengthened in the Treaty of Amsterdam and 
is one of the priorities for developing employment in the European Community. 
 
All Member States have decided to include the principle of equality between women 
and men (or ‘gender equality’) in all policies and actions at European Union level, 
particularly in the fields of education and culture.  
 
The Youth in Action Programme aims at reaching an equal number of male and 
female participants, not only globally, but also within each sub-Action. At 
Programme structures level, this means that appropriate measures should be taken, as 
much as possible, to stimulate the interest and participation of the less represented 
gender in each sub-Action. 
Child protection and safety  
Child protection and safety are important principles of the Youth in Action 
Programme. Child protection in this context is seen in a broad sense covering all 
kinds of inappropriate behavior including sexual and moral harassment, but also 
intercultural problems, accidents, fire, etc. The strategy on child protection adopted 
for the Youth in Action Programme focuses on prevention. 
 
Guidelines on child protection are available from the National Agencies and the 
Executive Agency and can be downloaded from the Commission website.  
 
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In activities of the Youth in Action Programme, a sufficient number of youth leaders 
must be present in order to ensure young people’s effective learning and protection.   
When both genders are participating in a project, the group of leaders will preferably 
contain both genders.  
Multilingualism  
As set out in the communication from the Commission “The multilingual Union”16 , 
the Commission endeavours to use its Programmes to promote multilingualism 
bearing in mind two long-term objectives: helping to create a society that makes the 
most of linguistic diversity and encouraging citizens to learn foreign languages.  
 
The  Youth in Action Programme achieves these objectives by bringing young 
people of different nationalities and different languages together and by giving them 
the opportunity to participate in activities abroad. Although Youth in Action is not a 
linguistic Programme, it is nevertheless a non-formal-learning Programme which 
gives young people the opportunity to become acquainted with other languages and 
cultures.  
 
Project participants are invited to reflect upon the use of different languages in the 
project.  
                                                 
16 COM (2005)596  
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C.  Action 1 - Youth for Europe 
What are the aims of the Action? 
Action 1 – Youth for Europe of the Youth in Action Programme aspires to achieve the 
general objective of the Programme to promote young people’s active citizenship in general 
and their European citizenship in particular. 
This general objective shall notably be achieved by: 
•  giving young people and youth organisations the opportunity to take part in the 
development of society in general and the European Union in particular; 
•  developing young people’s sense of belonging to the European Union; 
•  encouraging the participation of young people in the democratic life of Europe; 
•  fostering the mobility of young people in Europe; 
•  developing intercultural learning within the youth field; 
•  promoting the fundamental values of the Union to young people, in particular respect 
for human dignity, equality, respect for human rights, tolerance and non-
discrimination, including young people with disabilities; 
•  encouraging initiative, enterprise and creativity; 
•  facilitating participation of young people with fewer opportunities in the Programme; 
•  ensuring that the principle of equality for men and women is respected in 
participation in the Programme and that gender equality is fostered in the Actions; 
•  providing non-formal and informal learning opportunities with a European 
dimension and opening up innovative opportunities in connection with active 
citizenship. 
What types of activity are eligible? 
Action 1 –Youth for Europe – is subdivided into three sub-Actions and a call for proposals. 
It supports: 
•  Youth Exchange (Action 1.1.) 
•  Youth Initiatives (Action 1.2.) 
•  Youth Democracy Projects (Action 1.3.) 
•  Pilot projects on thematic networking 
Multi -Measure Financial Agreements 
A beneficiary who organises several Action 1 projects over a period of 18 months can 
present one single project proposal combining up to five activities. Bilateral and trilateral 
Youth Exchange activities are excluded. 
The proposal may have the following structure:  
1) 
The proposal may combine between two and five activities of the same type (for 
example three Multilateral Youth Exchanges) 
2) 
The proposal may combine between two and five activities of different types (for  
 
example one Multilateral Youth Exchange, two Youth Initiatives and one Youth 
Democracy Project).  
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Action 1.1 - Youth Exchange  
What is a Youth Exchange? 
A Youth Exchange allows one or more groups of young people to host or to be 
hosted by a group from another country in order to participate together in a joint 
programme of activities. Youth Exchanges are aimed for groups of young people 
aged between 13 and 25.  
 
These activities, based on a transnational partnership, involve the active participation 
of young people and are designed to allow them to discover and become aware of 
different social and cultural realities, to learn from each other and to reinforce their 
feeling of being European citizens. Young people can thus explore similarities and 
differences between their cultures. Moreover, the effect of a Youth Exchange on the 
local population can give rise to more positive awareness of other cultures and have 
an impact not only on the young people themselves and their associations’ activities, 
but also on the local communities.  
 
The focus is on multilateral group mobility activities but bilateral Youth Exchanges 
are not excluded. A bilateral group exchange is justified especially where it is a first 
European activity or where the participants are small-scale or local groups without 
experience at European level. Exchanges for young people with fewer opportunities 
are particularly welcome, in order to encourage their participation in the Programme.  
 
This Action also supports preparation and follow-up  activities, with the aim of 
reinforcing young people’s active participation in the exchange, in particular those 
activities intended to help the young people on a linguistic and intercultural level.  
Note: what  a Youth Exchange is not 
The following activities in particular are NOT eligible for grants under Youth 
Exchanges: 
•  statutory meetings of organisations; 
•  holiday travel; 
•  language courses; 
•  school class exchanges; 
•  academic study trips; 
•  performance tours; 
•  exchange activities which can be classed as tourism; 
•  exchange activities which aim to make financial profit; 
•  work camps;  
•  sports competitions;  
•  festivals.  
What are the eligibility criteria? 
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B. 
 
The specific eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following: 
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Partner groups  
Each Youth Exchange has one host partner group  and one (bilateral exchange) or 
more (trilateral or multilateral exchange) sending partner groups. Any exchange must 
involve at least two different Programme Countries of which, at least one is an EU 
Member State.  
 
Each partner group has a representative. The representatives of the host and sending 
groups will be jointly responsible for carrying out and monitoring the project 
properly and for ensuring the active involvement of all participants.  
 
A partner must be: 
 
•  a non-profit organisation or association legally established in one of the 
Programme Countries or a local, regional or national public body involved in 
youth work or 
•  an informal group of young people. 
 
In case of an informal group, one of the young people of the group (the 
representative of the group) takes responsibility for submitting the application and 
signing the grant agreement. 
Participants 
Young people aged between 13 and 25 years and resident in a Programme Country 
can participate in a Youth Exchange. A small number of participants of a group may 
be older than 25 years, but participants must not be older than 30 years, at the 
application deadline.  
 
Any Youth Exchange must have a minimum of 16 and a maximum of 60 
participants, group leaders not included.  
 
The partner groups must be balanced in terms of numbers of participants. Bilateral 
projects need to have at least eight participants per partner group; trilateral projects, 
at least six participants per partner group. A partner group must be composed of at 
least four participants in multilateral projects. 
Group leaders 
Each partner group must have one or several youth leaders accompanying the young 
people participating in the exchange according to the size and characteristics of the 
target group in order to ensure the effective learning and security of the young 
people. A group leader may act as a representative.  
Duration 
The duration of a Youth Exchange project, including preparation, implementation, 
evaluation and follow-up activity may last up to 15 months. 
 
The duration of the exchange activity must be between 6 and 21 days (travel days 
included). 
Place 
The exchange activity usually takes place in the country of the host partner group. 
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A Youth Exchange can be itinerant, implying the movement of all young people 
involved through two or more Programme Countries during the exchange activity. 
Theme 
The Youth Exchange must have a thematic concept, which the partner groups wish to 
explore together because of its relevance to their everyday experience. The chosen 
theme should be translated into the concrete daily activities of the exchange activity. 
Examples of themes are participation of young people in society, racism, 
xenophobia, local heritage, environment or drug abuse, etc. The Youth Exchange 
must have a clear European dimension. 
Child protection and safety 
Each Youth Exchange must ensure appropriate supervision of young people to 
ensure their protection and safety and their effective learning. 
What are the selection criteria?  
 
 
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B.  
What are the award criteria? 
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following 
elements: 
• 
quality of the programme and working methods proposed; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
 
Furthermore: 
 
Grants for Youth Exchanges will be awarded to the Youth Exchanges reflecting in 
the best way the general priorities of the Programme, i.e. participation of young 
people, cultural diversity, European citizenship and social inclusion.  
In addition, annual priorities may be fixed for the Youth in Action Programme and 
communicated on the Commission and National Agencies website and in the annex 
of the present Programme Guide. 
 
Young people with fewer opportunities are a fundamental target group of this Action. 
Therefore, Youth Exchanges involving or benefiting young people with fewer 
opportunities will be given priority in the selection process. 
 
Multilateral and trilateral Youth Exchanges are given priority, since the European 
added value in such exchanges is greater. Bilateral Youth Exchanges are intended for 
those partner groups, which have not organised Youth Exchanges before or involve 
young people with fewer opportunities. 
 
The participation of small and/or local associations is encouraged. 
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How to make a good project? 
Programme and working methods 
When planning a Youth Exchange, it is essential to establish a clear and structured 
programme of daily activities which correspond to the theme and objective.  
 
The daily programme and working methods must actively involve all participants 
and trigger a learning process.  
 
Intercultural working methods should enable the participants to explore different 
topics on an equal basis, regardless of their language abilities or other skills. The 
Youth Exchange should aim to promote positive awareness of other cultures.  
Non-formal learning experience 
The Youth Exchange should contribute to the young people’s education process and 
increase their awareness of the European/international context in which they live. 
The project should follow the principles of non-formal learning. 
European Dimension 
The European dimension of a project could be reflected by the following 
characteristics:  
 
•  the project fosters young people’s sense of European citizenship and helps 
them to understand their role as part of the present and future of Europe; 
•  the project reflects a common concern for European society, such as racism, 
xenophobia and anti-semitism, drug abuse; 
•  the project’s theme is of European interest, such as EU enlargement, 
European institutions, European projects; 
•  the project activities promote European values, such as equal opportunities, 
human rights and democracy, respect for other cultures; 
•  the project provides young people with an intercultural learning experience, 
i.e. co-operation of young people from different cultural backgrounds. 
Preparation/Advance planning visit 
The preparation phase of an exchange is of crucial importance for the success of the 
exchange activity. During this phase, the partner groups should agree on the theme of 
the Youth Exchange, the programme of activities, practicalities and working 
methods.  
 
It is strongly advised that sending group(s) undertake an advance planning visit to the 
host partner group. This visit should only take place once the application is approved 
and should last two days (travel days excluded). A maximum of two participants per 
sending group may participate in the advance planning visit under the condition that 
the second participant is a young participant.  
 
The preparation phase should furthermore enhance the participants’ involvement in 
the Youth Exchange and prepare them for intercultural encounters with other young 
people from different backgrounds and cultures. 
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Impact  
The impact of a Youth Exchange should not just be limited to the participants in the 
activity, but also bring the concept of Europe to the local communities involved.  
The aim is to make optimal use of the projects’ results and to achieve an impact in 
the long term. 
Evaluation 
In order to make the projects and their results more sustainable, partner groups and 
participants are called upon to lead an ongoing evaluation process.  
 
Possible follow-ups should be discussed at the evaluation sessions with participants 
before, during and after the exchange.  
Valorisation/follow up activities 
The achievements and results of the exchanges should be disseminated and exploited 
in order to optimise their value, strengthen their impact and ensure that the largest 
possible number of young people and organisations benefit from them. This implies 
transferring outcomes towards the appropriate stakeholders and multiplying them on 
a larger scale. 
 
Partner groups and participants are called to reflect systematically on the reciprocity 
of the exchange and follow-up phase. Will the exchange be reciprocal? May a new 
partner be involved in a next exchange? How can discussion on the thematic concept 
be continued and what could the next steps be? 
 
The partner groups should pass on the experience gained to other groups as well as to 
their local communities, to local, national or European representatives, to the media, 
and to other multipliers. They are also encouraged to create websites. By doing this, 
they will give more visibility to the exchange and sustainability to its results. 
 
Each beneficiary of a grant within Action 1 of the Programme may decide together 
with partners to go beyond the standard visibility measures, by valorising project’s 
results further and promoting best practices. A financial incentive is provided. 
Applicants must complete the appropriate section in the application form and 
describe the planned activity in detail.  
The planned valorisation/follow-up activity has to build on the project experience 
and aim to highlight, disseminate and promote the project results and to increase its 
impact. 
Visibility 
Youth Exchanges should highlight the Community support (including the 
promotional use of European logos) and provide clear added value for the 
Programme and its results. Also the organisations and participants involved in the 
projects should be made aware of their participation in the Youth in Action 
Programme.  
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Who can apply? 
A Youth Exchange is initiated by any non profit organisation or association 
established in one of the Programme Countries, or a local, regional or national public 
body involved in youth work, or by informal groups of young people.  
If an informal group of young people applies, one person (the representative of the 
group) takes the responsibility for submitting the application and signing the grant 
agreement. 
How to apply? 
 Applications to be sent to the National Agencies: 
For a bilateral or trilateral exchange, the sending and host partner groups apply 
separately to their respective National Agencies.  
For a multilateral exchange, the host group applies, on behalf of all the partner 
groups, to its National Agency; it will act as coordinating partner group. 
If the multilateral exchange is itinerant, any of the partner groups can be the 
coordinating group and apply to its National Agency on behalf of all the partner 
groups.  
Applications to be sent to the Executive Agency: 
European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs), which are based in one of the 
Programme Countries and have member branches in at least eight Programme 
Countries, must apply directly to the Executive Agency. 
How is the activity financed? 
The Community grant is based on the principle of co-funding, which means that the 
total costs cannot be covered by Youth in Action alone. Therefore other public, 
private and/or own contributions in cash or in kind are needed. It is recommended 
that participants take part in the fund-raising activities, so that they are fully involved 
in exchange preparation.  
 
The Community grant is based on a combination of: 
 
•  actual costs  
•  flat rate amounts 
 
•  amounts based on scales of unit costs  
 
You will find greater detail below and on the table “overview of funding rules” at the 
end of section C.  
 
The flat rate amounts and scales of unit costs indicated below and in the table 
represent the basic level of financing; this basic level can vary depending on the 
Programme Country in which the application is submitted.  
 
Fixed amounts and flat rates represent a contribution to project activities; they are not 
directly linked to any specific costs; the costs they cover do not need to be accounted 
for or justified but results/achievements must be described in the final report.  
 
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This funding mechanism shall help applicants to calculate the expected grant amount 
and should facilitate realistic planning of the Youth Exchange.  
Breakdown of the Community grant (see table at the end of section C) 
Sending group  
•  70% of actual travel costs (young people and group leaders);  
•  contribution to an advance planning visit (100% of travel costs + flat rate); 
•  fixed amount for the preparation of activities per country (including 
insurances);  
•  actual exceptional costs covering visa, visa-related costs, vaccination costs or 
relating to young people with fewer opportunities/special needs or to the 
special nature of activities (up to 100%) 
•  actual costs for the implementation of follow-up activities (up to 10% of the 
overall Community grant). 
Host group 
•  fixed amount per project to cover general activity costs;  
•  flat rate per participant (young people and group leaders) per day; 
•  fixed amount for the preparation of activities per country; 
•  fixed amount for the implementation and evaluation of activities  (including 
insurance); 
•  actual exceptional costs relating to young people with fewer 
opportunities/special needs or to the special nature of activities (up to 100%) 
•  actual costs for the implementation of follow-up activities (up to 10% of the 
overall Community grant). 
Exceptional costs 
Exceptional costs cover visa and visa-related costs as well as vaccination costs. 
 
In Action 1, exceptional costs can also cover extra costs warranted by the special 
nature of the activities.  
 
All other exceptional costs are related to young people with fewer opportunities 
and/or with special needs. They may cover for example: medical attendance, health 
care, additional linguistic training/support, additional preparation, special premises or 
equipment, additional accompanying person, additional personal expenses in the case 
of an economic disadvantage, translation/ interpretation. They cannot cover bank 
loans or interest. Up to 100% of exceptional costs can be supported by the grant, 
provided they are clearly linked to the implementation of the project, necessary and 
justified in the application form. All exceptional costs must be actual costs, properly 
supported and justified. 
Valorisation of results/follow-up activities 
The additional amount possibly granted for the implementation of valorisation of 
results/follow-up activities must cover the preparation, implementation and 
evaluation of the activities. It is linked to the effective costs of the activities and shall 
not exceed 10% of the overall grant for the project.  
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What are the contractual obligations? 
Grant agreement 
Once the Youth Exchange has been approved, beneficiaries (host and sending partner 
groups) will receive a grant agreement that will govern the use of the Community 
funds. In the case of a multilateral Youth Exchange only the coordinating group 
receives a grant agreement. Beneficiaries undertake to fulfill their contractual 
obligations. It is the shared responsibility of all beneficiaries to implement the 
exchange as set out in the application and to ensure evaluation. Sending groups and 
coordinating groups are responsible for justifying travel costs.   
 
On-site visits or audits may be carried out by the National Agency, the Executive 
Agency, the Commission or the Court of Auditors to check that all contractual 
obligations are being properly fulfilled.  
 
If, in the course of the exchange, unforeseen circumstances disrupt its 
implementation, the beneficiaries must immediately contact their National Agencies 
or the Executive Agency, to make appropriate arrangements.  
 
Failure to carry out the exchange as agreed can lead to the recovering of part of or 
the entire grant. 
Insurance 
Each beneficiary is obliged to arrange for its group’s insurance. This must cover 
illness, accident, death, permanent disability and repatriation in case of serious 
illness or accident. Insurance must also cover civil liability and the loss of 
identification and travel documents. Beneficiaries may choose their insurance 
company, as long as the quality of the cover is good.  
What support is available?  
For further information on application procedures and deadlines, please see section B 
above. You can contact the National Agency in your country or the Executive 
Agency for guidance and assistance.  
 
National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centres provide training for the preparation 
and implementation of a Youth Exchange and tools aimed to increase the quality of 
projects.  
Youthpass 
Every participant in a Youth Exchange is entitled to receive a Youthpass, which 
describes and validates the non-formal learning experience. Through the Youthpass 
the European Commission ensures that the experience with the Programme is 
recognised as an educational experience and a period of non-formal learning and 
informal learning. 
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Action 1.2 - Youth Initiatives 
What is a Youth Initiative? 
A Youth Initiative is a project where young people participate actively and directly 
in activities of their own devising in which they play the key roles, in order to 
develop their initiative, enterprise and creativity. It is initiated, set up and carried out 
by young people themselves. It can give young people the chance to try out ideas 
through initiatives, which give them an opportunity to be directly and actively 
involved in planning and carrying out projects. Participation in Youth Initiatives is 
an important non-formal learning experience. It also provides young people with an 
opportunity to consider themselves as European citizens and to feel that they are 
contributing to the construction of Europe. 
 
This Action supports projects designed at local, regional or national level. It also 
supports networking of similar projects in different countries, in order to strengthen 
their European aspect and to enhance cooperation and exchanges of experiences 
between young people. Projects developed by a single group in their country of 
residence are called National Youth Initiatives, whereas projects realised in 
common by two or more groups from different countries are called Transnational 
Youth Initiatives.
 
 
Transnational Youth Initiatives aim at exchanging and sharing good practices. These 
projects may involve young people’s mobility.  
Note : what a Youth Initiative is not 
The following activities in particular can NOT be considered a Youth Initiative: 
•  Youth Seminars, Youth Exchanges; 
•  competitions, work camps; 
•  activities which can be classed as tourism. 
What are the eligibility criteria? 
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B 
 
The specific eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following: 
Groups 
A National Youth Initiative is proposed by a group of young people  from a 
Programme Country.  
 
A Transnational Youth Initiative is based on a partnership of at least two partner 
groups  from different Programme Countries of which at least one a EU Member 
State.  
 
A (partner) group must be: 
 
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•  a non-profit organisation or association established in one of the Programme 
Countries or 
•  an informal group of young people. 
 
A group must consist of at least four individuals, one of whom is the representative 
of the group and takes responsibility for submitting the application and signing the 
grant agreement. A coach may act as a representative. 
Participants 
Young people aged between 18 and 30 and legally resident in a Programme Country 
can participate. 
 
Young people aged from 15 to 18 may be admitted if accompanied by a youth 
worker or a coach. 
Duration 
National Youth Initiatives and Transnational Youth Initiatives must last between 3 
and 18 months including preparation, implementation, evaluation and follow-up.  
Place 
A National Youth Initiative or a Transnational Youth Initiative can take place in any 
Programme Country. 
Programme  
A well-structured programme and timetable for the project must be provided. It must 
be clearly linked to the objectives set up beforehand. 
Theme  
It is important that the theme or area chosen to develop a Youth Initiative project is 
of interest and relevance to the group of young people themselves and also to the 
local community. Some examples of potential project themes are: art and culture, 
social exclusion, environment, heritage protection, youth information, European 
awareness, rural/ urban development, youth policies, health, anti-drugs/ substance 
abuse, measures against delinquency, anti-racism/ xenophobia, disability, the elderly, 
homelessness, migrants, equal opportunities, peer education, unemployment, youth 
sports, youth leisure, media and communications. The range of possible themes for 
Transnational Youth Initiatives is as wide as for National Youth Initiatives. 
 
The programme of a Transnational Youth Initiative should furthermore include 
detailed information about the activities to be organised both at national and 
transnational level (in all the countries concerned), specifying how each of the 
partner groups is involved in the preparation, realisation, evaluation and follow up of 
the project. 
 
What are the selection criteria? 
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B. 
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What are the award criteria? 
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following 
elements: 
• 
quality of the programme and working methods proposed; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
 
Furthermore: 
 
Grants for Youth Initiatives will be attributed to the projects reflecting in the best 
way the general priorities of the Programme, i.e. participation of young people, 
cultural diversity, European citizenship and social inclusion.  
In addition, annual priorities may be fixed for the Youth in Action Programme and 
communicated on the Commission and National Agencies website and in the annex 
of the present Programme Guide.  
 
Young people with fewer opportunities are a fundamental target group of this Action. 
Therefore projects to be carried out by, involving or benefiting young people with 
fewer opportunities will be given priority in the selection process. 
 
Projects encouraging innovative creativity and entrepreneurship would also be given 
priority under this section.  
How to make a good project? 
Working method  
The methodology used should actively involve the participants as well as the local 
community to be addressed. 
Learning objectives 
The project must contribute to the educational process of young people and raise 
their awareness of the European reality. The projects should follow the principles of 
non-formal learning. 
 
A well-defined description of what the group(s) intend(s) to achieve should be 
presented in the application form. The objectives should be realistic and measurable 
in the different phases of the project. 
 
If a coach is helping the group to define the objectives and complete the application, 
he/she should make sure it reflects and corresponds to the interests and expectations 
of the young people themselves.  
European dimension 
The group(s) should indicate by what means the planned project would make the 
young people involved more aware of their common European culture and heritage. 
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The European dimension of a project could be reflected by the following 
characteristics:  
 
•  the project fosters young people’s sense of European citizenship and helps 
them to understand their role as part of the present and future of Europe; 
•  the project reflects a common concern for European society, such as racism, 
xenophobia and anti-semitism, drug abuse; 
•  the project’s theme is of European interest, such as EU enlargement, 
European institutions, European projects; 
•  the project activities promote European values, such as equal opportunities, 
human rights and democracy, respect for other cultures; 
•  the project provides young people with an intercultural learning experience, 
i.e. co-operation of young people from different cultural backgrounds. 
•  the project implies that ideas, practices, methods experienced in a country can 
be shared and transferred into another one.  
Preparation and coaching  
The group(s) should prepare the objectives and the programme of the activities 
together. During this phase the group(s) of young people may be assisted by a coach; 
however, it is essential that the project is managed and implemented by the young 
people themselves. 
 
Involving a coach is especially advisable for groups including participants under 18 
years or young people with fewer opportunities. The coach plays different roles 
depending on the needs of a given group of young people. 
 
A coach is a resource person who has youth work and/or Youth Initiatives experience 
to accompany groups of young people and support their participation. The coach 
remains outside the Youth Initiative but is supporting the group of young people in 
the implementation of their project. He/she works with the young people from time 
to time performing specific tasks based on the needs of the group.  
 
Coaches can be volunteers or professionals, youth leaders or leaders of youth 
organisations, workers of youth clubs or youth services, etc. They can also be 
advisers provided by the National Agencies who meet the group of young people 
several times during the development of the project, generally at the beginning, in the 
middle and at the end of the process.  
 
Young people who have already participated in a Youth Initiative project can be 
encouraged to use the competences gained during the process to support other groups 
of young people; 
 they can therefore act as resource persons by taking over a peer coaching role. Peer 
coaching, that is supporting peers or fellows of the same age, is an important tool to 
be used in Youth Initiatives in order to develop effective coaching systems at local 
level. The National Agencies may arrange meetings between potential and ex-
beneficiaries of Youth Initiatives, to facilitate the development of peer coaching 
systems.  
For better understanding and support about coaching within Youth Initiatives, you 
can read 'Coaching Guide – Youth Initiatives & Participation', published by SALTO. 
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Impact 
The impact of a Youth Initiative project should not be limited to the participants in 
the project, but should also bring benefits to the local community and have a good 
local and/or regional, national, European impact. The group(s) should, as much as 
possible, try to involve other people from the neighbourhood, local area, etc. in the 
project activities. The aim is to make optimal use of the projects’ results and to 
achieve an impact in the long term. 
 
The involvement and support (financial or in any other form) of public authorities or 
other organisations are particularly encouraged. 
Evaluation 
In order to make the projects and their results more sustainable, partner groups and 
participants are called upon to lead an ongoing evaluation process.  
 
Possible follow-ups should be discussed at the evaluation sessions by participants 
before, during and after the project.  
Follow up/ valorisation activities 
The achievements and results of the Youth Initiatives should be disseminated and 
exploited in order to optimise their value, strengthen their impact and ensure that the 
largest possible number of young people and organisations benefit from them. This 
implies transferring outcomes towards the appropriate stakeholders and multiplying 
them on a larger scale. 
 
Partner groups and participants are called to use systematically the project results and 
to reflect on a possible follow-up phase of their Youth Initiative. For example, how 
to disseminate the project outcomes? What would the next steps be? Could the Youth 
Initiative project idea be transferred to other countries? Could it be developed at 
transnational level together with European partners? How to increase the impact of 
the project on participants, but also on other young people, on the local communities, 
etc.? 
 
The partner groups should pass on the experience gained to other groups as well as to 
their local communities, to local, national or European representatives, to the media, 
and to other multipliers. They are also encouraged to create websites. By doing this, 
they will optimise the value of their project and the sustainability of its results. 
 
Each beneficiary of a grant within Action 1 of the Programme may decide together 
with partners to go beyond the standard visibility measures, by valorising project’s 
results further and promoting best practices. A financial incentive is provided. 
Applicants must complete the appropriate section in the application form and 
describe the planned activity in detail.  
The planned valorisation/follow-up activity has to build on the project experience 
and aim to highlight, disseminate and promote the project results and to increase its 
impact. 
Visibility 
Youth Initiatives projects should highlight the Community support (including 
through the use of European and Youth in Action logos) and provide a clear added 
promotional value for the Programme and its results. Also the organisations and 
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participants involved in the project should be made aware of their participation in the 
Youth in Action Programme.  
Who can apply? 
Non profit organisations or associations or groups of at least four young people 
resident in a Programme Country may apply. 
 
In case of an informal group, one of the young people of the group (the 
representative of the group) takes responsibility for submitting the application and 
signing the grant agreement. 
 
For Transnational Youth Initiatives, one of the partner groups acts as coordinating 
group and applies on behalf of all the partners.  
How to apply? 
Applications must be sent to National Agencies.  
How is the activity financed? 
The same financial rules apply for National Youth Initiatives and Transnational 
Youth Initiatives except for travel costs. National Youth Initiatives may involve 
local, regional or national travel costs while Transnational Youth Initiatives may 
involve international travel costs. 
The Community grant is based on the principle of co-funding which means that the 
total costs cannot be covered by Youth in Action alone. Therefore, other public, 
private and/or own contributions in cash or in kind are needed. It is recommended 
that participants take part in the fund-raising activities, so that they are fully involved 
in the project preparation. 
 
The Community grant is based on a combination of: 
 
 
 
•  actual costs  
•  flat rate amounts 
•  amounts based on scales of unit costs  
 
You will find greater detail below and on the table “overview of funding rules” at the 
end of section C.  
 
The flat rate amounts and scales of unit costs indicated below and in the table below 
represent the basic level of financing; this basic level can vary depending on the 
Programme Country in which the application is submitted.  
 
Fixed amounts and flat rates represent a contribution to project activities; they are not 
directly linked to any specific costs; the costs they cover do not need to be accounted 
for, or justified. 
 
This funding mechanism shall help applicants to calculate the expected grant amount 
and should facilitate realistic planning of the initiative.  
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For Transnational Youth Initiatives, the Community grant also covers 70% of actual 
travel costs.  
Breakdown of the community grant (see table at the end of section C) 
•  lump sum for the preparation, implementation and evaluation of activities (it 
may include coaching fees, if needed) 
•  contribution to an advance planning visit (travel costs + flat rate) for 
Transnational Youth Initiatives 
•  70% of  transnational travel costs (for Transnational Youth Initiatives only) 
and, if necessary 
•  actual costs for the implementation of follow-up activities (up to 10% of the 
community grant). 
Advance planning visit (for Transnational Youth Initiatives) 
For the advance planning visit, 100% of the travel costs and a flat rate per day are 
funded. This funding is granted for a maximum of two days (travel days excluded) 
and covers two participants per partner group. One of the participants can be the 
coach of the project.  
Valorisation of results/follow-up activities 
The additional amount possibly granted for the implementation of valorisation of 
results/follow-up activities must cover the preparation, implementation and 
evaluation of the activities. It is linked to the effective costs of the activities and shall 
not exceed 10% of the Community grant.  
What are the contractual obligations?  
Grant Agreement 
Once the project has been approved, the beneficiary will receive a grant agreement 
that will govern the use of the Community funds. In the case of a Transnational 
Youth Initiative, the coordinating group receives the grant agreement and will be in 
charge of distributing the grant amount among the partner groups according to the 
distribution of project activities agreed beforehand. Beneficiaries undertake to fulfill 
their contractual obligations, to implement the project as set out in the application 
and to ensure evaluation.  
 
On-site visits or audits may be carried out by the National Agency, the Commission 
or the Court of Auditors to check that all contractual obligations are being properly 
fulfilled.  
 
If, in the course of the project, unforeseen circumstances disrupt its implementation, 
the partners must immediately contact their National Agencies to make appropriate 
arrangements. 
 
Failure to carry out the project as agreed can lead to the recovering of part of the 
grant or the entire grant. 
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What support is available? 
National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centre provide training for the preparation 
and implementation of a Youth Initiative and tools aimed to increase the quality of 
projects.  
 
National Agencies also have advisers who can help or act as mediators to other 
support organisations able to provide assistance with Youth Initiative projects.  
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 Action 1.3 - Youth Democracy Projects 
What is a Youth Democracy Project? 
Youth Democracy Projects aim to increase the active participation of young people 
in the life of their local, regional or national community or at international level by 
supporting their participation in the mechanisms of representative democracy. 
 
A Youth Democracy Project is a project developed by a European partnership, 
allowing the pooling, at European level, of ideas, experiences and methodologies 
from projects or activities at local, regional, national or international level, in order to 
improve young people’s participation. Projects funded under this Action allow the 
creation of new networks and the exchange and dissemination of good practice in the 
field of youth participation. 
 
The concept of active citizenship for young people implies full and complete 
participation in society, commitment and the ability to practise that citizenship. 
Therefore, the idea of a Youth Democracy Project is to recognise and support the 
various forms in which young people participate in their own environment, to 
enhance their relations with the mechanisms of representative democracy and to help 
them to take advantage of the available opportunities for participation. This can be 
achieved by projects encouraging a greater participation of young people in the 
mechanisms of representative democracy. 
 
Youth Democracy Projects can for example aim at:  
 
•  promoting the involvement of young people in participatory structures; 
•  activities to develop all types of dialogue between public authorities and 
young people; 
•  supporting mechanisms to develop all types of dialogue, in order to bring 
young people closer to political decision-making; 
•  developing a dialogue which includes young people who are not members of 
organizations; 
•  identifying and overcoming obstacles which prevent specific groups of young 
people from participating and fostering mechanisms which will encourage all 
young people to participate in decision-making processes. 
What are the eligibility criteria? 
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B. 
 
The specific eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following: 
Partner groups  
Projects must have a national and a transnational networking dimension. This 
means that: 
•  projects must be based on partnerships from at least two different countries in 
order to fulfill the criteria of transnational networking;  
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•  in each country at least two different partners must be involved in order to 
fulfill the criteria of national networking
 
A partner must be: 
•  a non-profit organisation or association established in one of the Programme 
Countries or 
•  a local, regional or national authority involved in youth work, or 
•  an informal group of young people. 
 
In case of an informal group, one of the young people of the group (the 
representative of the group) takes responsibility for submitting the application and 
signing the grant agreement. 
Participants 
Young people must be aged between 13 and 30 and legally resident in a Programme 
Country. Any Youth Democracy Project must have a minimum of 16 participants.  
Duration 
The duration of the project, including preparation, implementation, evaluation and 
follow-up must be between 6 and 18 months. 
Theme 
The Youth Democracy Project must have a thematic concept, i.e. clearly focusing on 
the general priorities of the Youth in Action Programme, active participation of 
young people, cultural diversity, European citizenship or social inclusion or on the 
following topics:  
 
•  the future of Europe or  
•  the political priorities identified in the framework of European cooperation in 
the youth field. 
What are the selection criteria?  
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B. 
What are the award criteria? 
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following 
elements: 
• 
quality of the programme and working methods proposed; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
Furthermore: 
 
Grants for Youth Democracy Projects will be attributed to the projects reflecting in 
the best way the general priorities of the Programme, ie.participation of young 
people, cultural diversity, European citizenship and social inclusion or the specific 
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priority themes of this Action (the future of Europe and the political priorities 
identified in the field of European youth policy).  
In addition, annual priorities may be fixed for the Youth in Action Programme and 
communicated on the Commission and National Agencies website and in the annex 
of the present Programme Guide. 
 
Young people with fewer opportunities are a fundamental target group of this Action. 
Therefore projects carried out by, involving or benefiting young people with fewer 
opportunities will be given priority in the selection process. 
How to make a good project? 
Composition of the partnership 
The partner groups from each of the Programme Countries concerned should 
represent a diverse variety of actors from different areas of activity. A project could 
for example involve local authorities, non-governmental organisations, associations, 
local initiatives, etc.  
Participative working methods 
Within each partner group, young people should not only be consulted, but actively 
involved in initiating, decision-making, implementing and evaluating. 
 
Youth Democracy Projects should also contribute to the intercultural awareness of 
the participants. 
Non-formal learning experience 
The project should contribute to the young people’s education process and increase 
their awareness of the European context in which they live. In particular, it should 
help them understanding the operation of national and European representative 
structures. 
The projects should follow the principles of non-formal learning. 
Impact 
The impact of a Youth Democracy Project should not be limited to the participants in 
the activity. The project should have a strong impact at local or even at regional, 
national or European level and raise the awareness of the concepts of active 
citizenship and participation of young people. The aim is to make optimal use of the 
projects’ results and to achieve an impact in the long term. 
Evaluation 
In order to make the projects and their results more sustainable, partner groups and 
participants are called upon to lead an ongoing evaluation process.  
 
Possible follow-ups should be discussed at the evaluation sessions with participants 
before, during and after the project.  
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Follow up/ valorisation activities 
The achievements and results of the Youth Democracy Projects should be 
disseminated and exploited in order to optimise their value, strengthen their impact 
and ensure that the largest possible number of young people and organisations 
benefit from them. This implies transferring outcomes towards the appropriate 
stakeholders and multiplying them on a larger scale. 
 
Each beneficiary of a grant within Action 1 of the Programme may decide together 
with partners to go beyond the standard visibility measures, by valorising project’s 
results further and promoting best practices. A financial incentive is provided. 
Applicants must complete the appropriate section in the application form and 
describe the planned activity in detail.  
The planned valorisation/follow-up activity has to build on the project experience 
and aim to highlight, disseminate and promote the project results and to increase its 
impact. 
Visibility 
Youth Democracy Projects project should highlight the Community support 
(including through the use of European and Youth in Action logos) and provide a 
clear added promotional value for the Programme and its results. Also the 
organisations and participants involved in the project should be made aware of their 
participation in the Youth in Action Programme.  
Who can apply? 
A Youth Democracy Project may be initiated by any non profit organisation or 
association established in one of the Programme Countries, by any local, regional, or 
national authority or by any informal group of young people.  
If an informal group of young people applies, one person (the representative of the 
group) takes the responsibility for submitting the application and signing the grant 
agreement. 
How to apply? 
Applications to be sent to the National Agencies: 
The coordinating partner group applies, on behalf of all the partners, to its National 
Agency. 
 
Applications to be sent to the Executive Agency: 
European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs), which are based in one of the 
Programme Countries and have member branches in at least eight Programme 
Countries, must apply directly to the Executive Agency. 
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How is the activity financed? 
The Community grant is based on the principle of co-financing. It complements the 
applicant's own financial contribution and/or national, regional or local assistance 
that has been obtained elsewhere. 
 
The Community grant may cover, with a maximum amount of 25 000 €, up to 60% 
of the eligible costs incurred, for the implementation of the project, in the following 
categories: 
 
•  travel, accommodation and subsistence costs related to the carrying out of the 
activity; 
•  costs linked to the organisation of conferences; 
•  publication and dissemination costs; 
•  other direct costs linked to the implementation of the project;  
•  indirect costs up to a maximum of 7% of the direct costs. 
Valorisation of results/follow-up activities 
The additional amount possibly granted for the implementation of valorisation of 
results/follow-up activities must cover the preparation, implementation and 
evaluation of the activities. It is linked to the effective costs of the activities and shall 
not exceed 10% of the overall Community grant.  
What are the contractual obligations? 
Grant agreement 
Once the project has been approved, the beneficiary (the coordinating partner group) 
will receive a grant agreement that will govern the use of the Community funds. The 
beneficiary undertakes to fulfill its contractual obligations and to justify all project 
costs actually incurred. The beneficiary shall implement the project as set out in the 
application and ensure evaluation of the project. 
 
On-site visits or audits may be carried out by the National Agency, the Executive 
Agency, the Commission or the Court of Auditors to check that all contractual 
obligations are being properly fulfilled.  
 
If, in the course of the project, unforeseen circumstances disrupt its implementation, 
the beneficiary must immediately contact its National Agency, or the Executive 
Agency, to make appropriate arrangements.  
 
Failure to carry out the project as agreed can lead to the recovering of part of or the 
entire grant. 
What support is available? 
For further information on application procedures and deadlines, please see section B 
above. You can contact the National Agency in your country or the Executive 
Agency for guidance and assistance.  
 
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National Agencies and SALTO Resource Centre provide also training for the 
preparation and implementation of a Youth Democracy Project and tools aimed to 
increase the quality of projects.  
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STRUCTURING MEASURES FOR ACTION 1 
The nature of the activities funded under Action 1 as well as the target groups it addresses, 
mean that this Action, by its nature, tends towards relatively small projects.  
 
According to the legal basis of the Programme17 in order to strengthen the impact of the 
Programme, the projects granted under Youth in Action should strengthen structured 
cooperation between different actors in the youth field and have a multiplier effect. 
 
Therefore, a set of measures has been introduced at different levels in Action 1 aiming at:  
 
•  reinforcing the impact of its activities (thus reinforcing the overall impact of the 
Programme); 
•  increasing the visibility of small projects and disseminating their results; 
•  increasing the national and European profile of projects realised at local level; 
•  optimising the efficiency and effectiveness of the Programme. 
 
The proposed strategy to achieve these aims foresees five types of measures to be executed 
in parallel at different levels. 
 
The following measures are proposed: 
•  the mainstreaming of the principles of visibility and dissemination; 
•  valorisation/follow-up activities within all sub-Actions of Action 1 (see above); 
•  a more emphasised thematic approach and networking measures; 
•  financial agreements allowing multi-measure proposals; 
•  call for pilot projects on thematic networking. 
Mainstreaming the principles of visibility and valorisation 
In line with the general principles of visibility and dissemination of results described in the 
section “Important features of the Programme”, promoters of Youth Exchanges, Youth 
Initiatives and Youth Democracy Projects are called to take into account these principles 
while planning their activities. The objective is to systematically increase the visibility and 
the long-term impact of the projects, without invoking additional grants.  
Follow-up activities 
As set out above under the description of each sub-Action of Action 1, funding can be 
granted for follow-up activities with the objective of sharing good practices and 
disseminating project results. The idea behind this is again to make project results more 
sustainable and visible (for details see boxes under sub-Actions 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3).  
Thematic approach and Networking  
The European Commission will introduce an annual process where the thematic approach of 
Youth Exchanges and Youth Initiatives is coordinated and emphasised.  The process will be 
implemented simultaneously through a set of top-down and bottom-up steps. 
                                                 
17 cf annex 1 of the legal basis, second sentence. 
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The themes chosen for the networking are linked to the permanent priorities of the Youth in 
Action
 Programme, i.e. active participation of young people, cultural diversity, European 
citizenship and social inclusion or to the annual priorities of the Programme set out in the 
annex of the present Programme Guide.  
Top down steps 
Within the existing general priorities of the Youth in Action Programme, the National 
Agencies identify some annual thematic Action lines (e.g. an action line on ‘combating and 
preventing urban violence’, within the general priority of social inclusion). 
 
In order to facilitate this process, the Commission organises an interagency meeting once a 
year with the support of the Executive Agency or a National Agency. The objective of the 
meeting is to invite National Agencies to discuss, exchange information and eventually fine-
tune their Action lines with those of other National Agencies. 
 
Subsequently, National Agencies select Youth Exchanges and other Action 1 activities 
according to these identified Action lines and encourage the networking amongst them.   
Bottom-up steps  
National Agencies organise networking meetings at national level, with the aim of gathering 
project promoters and actors involved in the same thematic field (Action line). 
 
The Commission, with the support of the Executive Agency, may organise similar 
networking meetings at European level.    
 
The aims of such networking meetings are to:  
•  exchange good practice; 
•  give an added value to experiences made at grassroots level; 
•  further cooperation and project development in a specific thematic field; 
•  elaborate dissemination products (reports, publications, studies, audiovisual 
and web material) to improve the visibility of the Action and increase 
information about opportunities offered by the Programme’s Action 
•  monitor the quality of supported activities.   
Multi -Measure Financial Agreements 
A beneficiary who organises several Action 1 projects over a period of 18 months can 
present one single project proposal characterised by the following structure:  
 
•  The proposal may combine between two and five activities of the same type 
(for example three Multilateral Youth Exchanges over the course of a year), 
•  The proposal may combine between two and five activities of different types 
(for example one Multilateral Youth Exchange, two Youth Initiatives and one 
Youth Democracy Project). 
 
The aims of the Multi-Measure Financial Agreements are to: 
•  reduce the administrative burden on beneficiaries; 
•  shift efforts on quality aspects; 
•  elaborate wider dissemination and visibility strategies.  
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Call for pilot projects on thematic networking  
In 2007, the European Commission in cooperation with the Executive Agency will launch a 
call for proposals for thematic networking of Action 1 projects. 
What are the aims of the sub-Action? 
The aims of this call for proposals will be: 
 
•  to link the projects thematically in order to give them a structure; 
•  to pool experiences in a specific thematic field; 
•  to increase the links between Youth Exchanges, Youth Initiatives and Youth 
Democracy Projects;  
•  to disseminate the project results.  
How to apply? 
Beneficiaries are selected on the basis of annual calls for proposals. For further 
information on application forms and deadlines, please visit the site: 
 
 
 http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.html 
   
http://eacea.cec.eu.int 
or contact the Executive Agency in Brussels. 
 
This sub-Action is implemented at centralised level. Therefore proposals must be 
submitted directly to the Executive Agency.  
What are the selection criteria and how are projects funded? 
Eligible applications are assessed on the basis of eligibility and award criteria laid 
down in the call for proposals.  
 
The grant mechanism and funding rules will be defined in the text of the call for 
proposals.  
Overview of funding rules 
See the following tables. 
 
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Youth in Action Programme 
Action 1 - Youth for Europe  
Overview of funding rules:  
Action 1.1.:Youth Exchanges 
Type of 
Amount 
Reporting obligations 
Basis for 
expense / 
Beneficiary 
Please note that all amounts  Rule of allocation 
Use of Community grant 
All documents to be kept for 
funding 
project 
can be adapted by National 
audit purposes for 5 years after 
Agencies 
completion of the project 
Travel costs from home to the venue of the project.  Full justification of the costs 
Travel 
Sending organisation  Actual costs 
70% Automatic 
Use of the cheapest means and fares (APEX airfare, 
incurred, copy of travel 
costs 
(bi-, trilateral) / group 
 
2nd class train ticket). 
tickets / invoices. 
100% of travel costs 
Sending organisation 
Travel costs from home to the venue of the project. 
+ € 48/day per person per  Conditional: advance 
(bi-, trilateral) or 
Actual costs 
Use of the cheapest means and fares (APEX airfare, 
Copy of travel tickets + 
Advance 
sending partner (one or 
planning visit must be 
coordinating 
+ flat rate 
2nd class train ticket). 
results / achievements to be 
Planning Visit 
two on condition that the  clearly outlined in the 
organisation 
(max 2 days) 
Additional flat rate to contribute to accommodation 
described in final report. 
second is a young 
application form 
(multilateral) 
costs and other costs during the visit. 
participant) (1) 
Sending and host 
Preparation 
organisation (bi-, 
Conditional: preparation 
of activities 
trilateral) or 
activities must be clearly  Any costs directly linked to the preparation of the 
Results / achievements to be 
Fixed amount € 480 per organisation(1)
and 
coordinating 
outlined in the 
project. 
described in final report. 
participants 
organisation  
application form 
(multilateral) 
Activity costs 
Host organisation   Fixed amount
€ 960 
Automatic  
Results / achievements to be 
(Bilateral and 
+ flat rate 
+ € 18 flat rate/ 
Any costs directly linked to the realisation of the 
described in final report 
Trilateral) 
participant/day 
project. 
Recalculation on the basis of 
 
(1) 
actual number of participants 
 
and actual duration. 
Signature list of all 
participants. 
Activity costs 
Coordinating 
Fixed amount
€ 1 920 
Automatic 
Any costs directly linked to the realisation of the  Results / achievements to be 
(Multilateral) 
organisation  
+ flat rate 
+ € 18 flat rate/ 
project. 
described in final report 
 
participant/day 
Recalculation on the basis of 
 
(1) 
actual number of participants 
and actual duration. 
Signature list of all 
participants. 
(1)   Please contact the host National Agency for up-to-date information on the current amounts applied. Please note that the applicant must apply the flat rates and fixed amounts of the 
country where the project takes place. 
 
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For projects submitted by ENGOs, the amounts applied are always those stated above.  
         Please note that transfers between grant request items from actual costs to flat rates/fixed amounts (or vice versa) is not allowed. 
 
Type of 
Beneficiary 
Basis for 
Amount 
Rule of allocation 
Use of Community grant 
Reporting obligations 
expense / 
funding  Please note that all amounts 
All documents to be kept for 
project 
can be adapted by National 
audit purposes for 5 years 
Agencies 
after completion of the 
project 
Exceptional  Sending and host 
Actual costs  Up to 100% 
Conditional: exceptional  - Any costs directly related to young people with 
Full justification of the 
costs 
organisation or 
costs must be justified in  fewer opportunities/special needs or warranted by 
costs incurred, copies of 
coordinating 
the application form 
the special nature of the activities. 
invoices / receipts. 
organisation  
 
- Visa costs, visa-related costs and vaccination 
costs.  
Follow-
Sending and host 
Actual costs  Up to 10% of Community Conditional: follow-up 
Dissemination and promotion of project results 
Results / achievements to 
up/valorisatio organisation or 
grant  
activity must be clearly 
be described in final report 
n activity 
coordinating 
outlined in the 
costs 
organisation 
application form 
 
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Action 1.2.:Youth Initiatives  
 
Type of expense 
Beneficiary 
Basis for 
Amount 
Rule of allocation 
Use of Community grant 
Reporting obligations 
/ project 
funding 
Please note that all 
All documents to be kept for audit 
amounts can be 
purposes for 5 years after completion of 
adapted by National 
the project 
Agencies 
Youth initiatives 
youth group/ 
Lumpsum 
Up to € 10 000 
Automatic provided 
Any cost directly linked to the realisation Results /achievements to be described 
(1) 
organisation 
 
consistency with 
of the project including special costs for a  in final report. 
provisional budget is 
coach (if needed) 
Signature list of all participants 
respected 
Advance Planning  coordinating 
Actual costs  
100% of travel 
Conditional: need for 
Travel costs from home to the venue of  Copy of travel tickets + results / 
Visit 
organisation / 
+ flat rate 
costs 
and objectives of 
the project. Use of the cheapest means and achievements to be described in final 
(Only for 
group 
(max 2 days)  + € 48/day per 
advance planning visit  fares (APEX airfare, 2nd class train ticket). report. 
Transnational 
person per sending  must be justified in 
Additional flat rate to contribute to 
Youth Initiatives)  
partner  
application form 
accommodation costs and other costs 
during the visit 
Travel costs 
coordinating 
Actual costs 
70%  
Automatic 
Travel costs from home to the venue of  Full justification of the costs incurred, 
(Only for 
organisation / 
 
the project. Use of the cheapest means and copy of travel tickets / invoices. 
Transnational 
group 
fares (APEX airfare, 2nd class train ticket).
Youth Initiatives) 
Follow-
coordinating 
Actual costs 
Up to 10% of 
Conditional: follow-up  Dissemination and promotion of project  Results / achievements to be 
up/valorisation 
organisation/group 
Community grant 
activity must be clearly  results 
described in final report 
activity costs 
outlined in the 
application form 
 
 
 
 
 
 (1) 
The European Commission has fixed a maximum reference amount of € 10 000. 
  
 
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Action 1.3.: Youth Democracy Projects 
 
Beneficiary 
Basis for 
Amount 
Rule of allocation 
Use of Community grant 
Reporting obligations 
 
funding 
 
All documents to be kept for audit purpose for 
5 years after the completion of the project 
Coordinating 
Actual Costs 
Up to 60% of total 
Conditional: objectives and 
Any costs directly linked to the realisation of Full justification of the costs incurred, 
organisation 
project costs 
detailed activity Programme 
the project: travel costs from home to the copies of invoices / receipts 
Up to € 25 000 
must be clearly outlined in the  venue of the project, accommodation, food,  
maximum 
application form 
pedagogical material, insurance, evaluation, Copy of travel tickets / invoices 
visa costs, visa related costs, vaccination,  
etc. 
Results / achievements to be described in 
 
final report 
 
Signature list of all participants 
Follow-
Sending and host 
Actual costs 
Up to 10% of Community 
Conditional: follow-up activity must be 
Dissemination and promotion of project 
up/valorisation  
organisation or 
grant 
clearly outlined in the application form 
results 
activity costs 
coordinating 
organisation 
 
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D.  Action 2 – European Voluntary Service 
What is European Voluntary Service? 
European Voluntary Service (EVS) supports transnational voluntary service of young 
people.  
 
It aspires to develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, primarily to 
reinforce social cohesion in the European Union. It promotes active citizenship and 
enhances mutual understanding among young people. 
 
These general objectives shall notably be achieved by: 
 
•  supporting young people’s participation in various forms of voluntary activities, both 
within and outside the European Union;  
•  giving young people the opportunity to express their personal commitment through 
voluntary activities at European and international level; 
•  involving young people in actions fostering solidarity between citizens of the 
European Union;  
•  involving young volunteers in a non-profit-making unpaid activity for the benefit of 
the general public in a country other than his or her country of residence.  
 
European Voluntary Service also helps to achieve the common objectives on youth 
voluntary activities at European level, which were adopted by the EU Council of Ministers 
on 15 November 2004. 
 
European Voluntary Service is a “learning” service: throughout non-formal learning 
experiences young volunteers improve and/or acquire competences for their personal, 
educational and professional development as well as for their social integration. The 
learning elements consist of a mutually agreed definition of the expected learning outcomes, 
processes and methods, the certification of the acquired competences, the participation of 
the volunteer in the EVS training cycle and the continued provision of task-related, 
linguistic and personal support, including a crisis prevention and management mechanism.  
 
The EVS activity 
 
EVS is implemented through activities organised in partnership between legally established 
organisations, which send or host volunteers. An EVS activity is composed of preparation, 
voluntary activity and follow-up. The volunteer carries out the voluntary activity in a 
country other than his/her country of residence. The activity is unpaid, non-profit making 
and full-time during a given period (max. 12 months). It serves the benefit of the 
community.  
 
An EVS activity can take place in a variety of areas: culture, youth, sports, social care, 
cultural heritage, arts, civil protection, environment, development cooperation, etc. High 
risk interventions in immediate post-crisis situations (e.g. humanitarian aid, immediate 
disaster relief etc.) are excluded.  
 
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The activity must represent a clear European or international added value. It must also 
include contacts with the local community. 
 
Volunteers must not replace paid employees.  
 
An EVS activity involves at least one sending organisation, one host organisation and one 
volunteer. It may involve all or only some of the project partner organisations and 
volunteers participating in the overall EVS project. A maximum of 100 volunteers may 
participate in one single activity. 
 
The activity can be carried out individually or in groups.  
 
If the activity involves more than one volunteer, the volunteers may carry out the activity in 
the same host organisation in the same country, in different host organisations in the same 
country or in different host organisations in different countries.  
 
An individual EVS activity involves only one volunteer, one sending organisation and one 
host organisation. Individual EVS activities remain important because they stand for an 
intensive learning experience, individualised support, high impact on personal development 
and strong integration opportunities with the local community. 
 
A group EVS activity allows volunteers to take part collectively in a voluntary activity at 
local, regional, national, European or international level and to benefit from individual and 
group learning experiences. Up to 100 volunteers can participate in the same host 
organisation or – split up in smaller sub-groups - in different host organisations. A group 
EVS activity has to ensure a group character for both the learning processes and the service 
for the benefit of the community. It also has to ensure a common thematic approach and 
regular contacts among the volunteers. Group EVS has been developed in order to increase 
the impact, accessibility, effectiveness and visibility of EVS even further. 
 
The EVS project 
 
An EVS project is the framework for one or several EVS activities, clustered in one grant 
application. The combination of individual and group EVS activities in the same project is 
possible. A maximum of 100 volunteers may participate in one single project. 
 
One legally established organisation applies on behalf of the other project partner(s) for 
Community financing (for details see below). It is not required that this organisation sends 
or hosts volunteers in the project. The applicant is the coordinating organisation’ and 
receives the grant if the application is accepted. The coordinating organisation is responsible 
for the entire project management, for the coordination of the project with all sending and/or 
hosting organisations involved and for the distribution of the grant between the project 
partners in line with their responsibilities. A volunteer does not apply directly for 
Community financing. 
 
Through the above approach and the possibility to incorporate different activities in the 
same project, the Commission wants to simplify the contractual management and introduce 
more flexibility and longer term planning security for project partners. Furthermore, the 
Commission considers this approach as most appropriate to better structure and interlink 
 
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EVS activities, to ensure a greater coherence among them and to increase the overall impact 
and visibility of EVS. 
Note: What EVS is not 
•  EVS is not occasional, unstructured, part-time volunteering. 
•  EVS is not an internship in an enterprise. 
•  EVS is not a paid job and must not substitute paid jobs. 
•  EVS is not a recreation or tourist activity. 
•  EVS is not a language course. 
•  EVS is not exploitation of cheap work force. 
•  EVS is not a period of study or vocational training abroad. 
•  EVS is not simply a funding scheme, but a quality model of transnational 
voluntary service. 
What are the eligibility criteria? 
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B. 
 
The specific eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following: 
Project partners in EVS 
Each EVS project and activity is based on a partnership including the following 
project partners:  
 
• 
one or more volunteers 
• 
one or more sending organisations;  
• 
one or more host organisations;  
• 
one coordinating organisation (applicant), which can be (but does not have to 
be) one of the sending organisations or one of the host organisations. 
 
A project partner that sends or hosts a volunteer must be: 
 
• 
a non-profit organisation or association legally established in a Programme 
Country or in a Partner Country or 
• 
a local, regional or national authority from a Programme Country or a Partner 
Country or 
• 
an international governmental organisation established in a Programme 
Country or in a Partner Country. 
 
The coordinating organisation (applicant) must be: 
 
• 
a non-profit making organisation or association legally established in a 
Programme Country or in a country in South East Europe or 
• 
a local, regional or national authority from a Programme Country or from a 
country in South East Europe or 
 
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• 
an organising body of an event in the area of youth, sport or culture with non-
profit or profit making status or 
• 
an international governmental organisation established in a Programme 
Country or in a country in South East Europe. 
 
Consequently, organisations located in Partner Countries other than countries of 
South East Europe can be sending or host organisations, but they cannot be 
‘coordinating organisations’. 
 
Each EVS project and each EVS activity must involve at least one EU Member 
State.  
 
The number of project partner organisations located in Partner Countries, cannot 
exceed the number of project partner organisations in Programme Countries in the 
same project. 
 
For projects submitted at national level, the volunteer is sent by a sending 
organisation legally established in his/her country of residence. For projects 
submitted at European level, the coordinating organisation may assume all sending 
responsibilities (except for volunteers with fewer opportunities where a sending 
organisation in the country of residence is always compulsory). 
 
Please note that the grant application must identify all organisations that will be 
involved in the project. It also has to include the calendar of activities. 
Accreditation of EVS organisations 
Any organisation in a Programme Country or in South East Europe wishing to send 
or host EVS volunteers or coordinate an EVS project must be accredited. 
Organisations outside the Programme Countries and South East Europe can 
participate as project partners in EVS without accreditation. 
Accreditation serves to gain access to EVS and to ensure a common quality standard 
in EVS. All accredited organisations are published in an internet database in order to 
facilitate partner-finding.  
 
In order to be accredited, organisations submit an ‘Expression of Interest’, which 
mainly contains the general motivation and ideas for EVS activities.  
 
National Agencies are responsible for the accreditation of organisations in 
Programme Countries; the SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre takes care of 
accreditation in South East Europe. ENGOs and international governmental 
organisations are accredited by the Executive Agency.  
 
Expressions of Interest can be submitted on a continuous basis and accreditors take a 
decision, in principle, within 6 weeks. The accreditation is valid for a maximum of 
three years within which any EVS activity may start. Through their accreditation 
EVS organisations agree to adhere to the ‘EVS Charter’(see end of this chapter). 
Accreditation can be withdrawn at any time in the case of non-compliance with the 
EVS Charter.  
 
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Participants 
EVS is open to all young people between 18 and 30 years old, regardless of their 
background, legally residing in a Programme Country or in a Partner Country. 
 
Special efforts are made and incentives given in order to allow young people with 
fewer opportunities, including young people with disabilities, to participate actively 
in EVS. These ‘inclusion’ activities are open to 16-30-year-olds, provided that 
competent and tailor-made preparations, accompaniment and follow-up are provided. 
 
Any EVS project and any EVS activity within a project must involve between 1 and 
100 volunteers.  
 
If a project involves Partner Countries, the number of volunteers in the project 
coming from Partner Countries cannot exceed the number of volunteers coming from 
Programme Countries. 
 
The volunteer recruitment process must be open and transparent. 
 
When recruiting volunteers, EVS organisations are obliged to maintain the overall 
accessibility of EVS for all young people. The general openness of EVS and the 
spirit of the Programme must be reflected in the recruitment criteria and in an open 
recruitment process, which refers to the Youth in Action Programme. Organisations 
cannot specify that volunteers should be of a specific ethnic group, religion, sexual 
orientation or political opinion. They cannot require previous qualifications, a certain 
educational level, specific experience or more than basic language knowledge. In 
exceptional cases, if duly justified, depending on the tasks and the situation in which 
the volunteers are deployed, certain activity types may call for the selection of 
candidates with specific skills.  
Mentor 
A mentor must be identified in the host placement (see below). 
Duration 
The duration of an EVS project must not exceed 24 months, including preparation 
and evaluation/follow-up. 
 
The EVS activity abroad should have a minimum duration of 2 months and a 
maximum overall duration of 12 months (excluding preparation and evaluation).  
 
A volunteer generally participates in one EVS activity only. In justified cases 
(especially when for pedagogical reasons a step-by-step approach is foreseen, when 
there have been problems in the original activity or if the volunteer has participated 
in a short-term group activity) participation in two or more subsequent EVS activities 
is possible. However, the total activity duration may never exceed 12 months for a 
single volunteer. In the case of inclusion activities with young volunteers with fewer 
 
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opportunities or for group EVS activities, if duly justified, a minimum duration of 
two weeks is allowed.  
 
The actual duration of an Advance Planning Visit in projects involving young people 
with fewer opportunities is not defined, but only two days of the visit (travel 
excluded) can be supported by the Community grant. 
Place 
A volunteer always carries out his/her EVS activity in a country different from the 
country of residence (with the exception of preparation and follow-up activities).  
 
An EVS activity can be carried out in a Programme Country or in a Partner Country.  
 
If an activity involves neighbouring Partner Countries, volunteers can be sent and 
hosted between these countries, provided that at least one EU Member State is 
involved in the activity and that the number of volunteers in the overall project 
coming from Partner Countries does not exceed the number of volunteers coming 
from Programme Countries. 
 
If ‘other Partner Countries of the world’ are involved, the cooperation with countries 
from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and from Latin America and Asia is 
particularly encouraged. In these cases, a volunteer resident in a Partner Country can 
only be sent to a Programme Country. It is not possible that volunteers are sent and 
hosted between organisations located in ‘other Partners Countries of the world’. 
Theme and tasks 
Any EVS activity must have a thematic concept linked to the priorities of the Youth 
in Action
 Programme and the specific aims and priorities of European Voluntary 
Service. 
 
Group EVS activities must have a common thematic approach. Group EVS 
activities, linked to a specific event, require a solid partnership with the organising 
body of the event. The volunteer tasks must all relate to the event. 
 
The tasks must provide a clear European or international added value and must not 
consist of routine activities. The tasks include contacts with the local community. 
What are the selection criteria? 
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B. 
What are the award criteria? 
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following elements: 
 
 
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• 
quality of the project in terms of coordination activities, planning, preparation, 
training support and mentor; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
quality of the project in terms of risk prevention and crisis management; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
 
Furthermore: 
 
Grants for EVS will be awarded to the projects reflecting in the best way the general 
priorities of the Programme, i.e. participation of young people, cultural diversity, European 
citizenship and social inclusion.  
In addition, annual priorities may be fixed annually for the Youth in Action Programme 
and communicated on the Commission and National Agencies website and in the annex of 
the current Programme Guide. 
 
Specific priorities of EVS are: 
 
•  Involving young people with fewer opportunities, 
•  Involving partner organisations participating for the first time in an EVS activity, 
•  Encouraging further development of established partnerships in order to improve the 
quality of voluntary service, 
•  In the framework of the cooperation with ‘other Partner Countries of the world’ 
projects with countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific as well as from 
Latin America and Asia. 
How to make a good project? 
The EVS Charter  
The general principles, definition of roles of EVS project partners and the main 
quality standards of EVS are laid down in the EVS Charter, which is a basis for 
accreditation. The Charter can be found at the end of this chapter.   
Planning, preparation, training, support and follow-up 
The young person is actively involved in the planning, implementation and 
evaluation of the EVS activities. 
 
Proper support to the volunteer should be provided in all the phases of the project.  
 
The project should foresee crisis prevention and management mechanisms. 
 
 
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The project should provide adequate preparation (linguistic, intercultural,  etc.) to 
volunteers, taking into consideration the profile of each volunteer, the nature of the 
project and the specific situation of the host country.  
 
In EVS projects involving young people with fewer opportunities, an Advance 
Planning Visit (APV) to the host organisation prior to the actual voluntary activity is 
especially encouraged. A maximum of two persons can participate. One is always a 
representative of the sending organisation. If a second person participates, this has to 
be the volunteer candidate.  
 
Linguistic support and/or training are provided. The format, duration and frequency 
can vary depending on volunteers’ needs and abilities, the tasks and the capability of 
the organisation. Language training must be free of charge for the volunteer and 
included in the regular working time. 
 
The project foresees the volunteers' participation in the EVS training cycle. It 
consists of pre-departure training, on-arrival training, mid-term meeting and final 
evaluation. EVS volunteers have the right and obligation to participate in these 
training sessions, which are provided by or on behalf of the National Agencies or by 
EVS sending,  host or coordinating organisations in line with the “Volunteer 
Training: Guidelines and Minimum Quality Standards” of the European 
 
 
Commission (see: Commission website). 
 
The volunteers should have the opportunity to exchange, share and evaluate the EVS 
experience (see also below under ‘evaluation’, ‘follow-up activity of the volunteer’ 
and ‘structures of former EVS volunteers’). They should receive assistance from 
their sending organisations when re-integrating into the home community and be 
helped into further education, training or employment. 
Non-formal learning and working methods  
The project should ensure the character of EVS as a ‘learning service’, i.e. provide 
non-formal and informal learning opportunities to young people in order to allow 
them to acquire new skills and competences for their personal, educational and 
professional development. To this end, the expected learning outcomes and learning 
processes need to be described in general terms in the grant application and in detail 
in the activity agreement.  
 
Effective match-making between tasks and volunteer profiles should be targeted. 
 
The project partners display a joint commitment and solid partnership and are willing 
to agree on a clear division of responsibilities.  
 
A mentor in the host organisation is responsible for personal support and facilitates 
integration into the local community. The volunteer can also turn to the mentor in 
case of problems. A first meeting with the mentor should take place at the very 
beginning of the activity with the aim to discuss the learning process. Regular 
contact and meetings should follow. The mentor also has an important role in 
discussing the learning achievements with the volunteer at the end of the activity in 
 
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view of the Youthpass-achievement report. The mentor should not be the volunteer’s 
supervisor. 
 
In each EVS activity the geographic origin of the volunteers should be balanced.  
 
Group EVS activities have to ensure that learning takes not place only on an 
individual basis, but also in the group. Joint meetings of the volunteers have to be 
foreseen.  
 
‘Reinforced mentorship’ might be foreseen to increase personal support of volunteers 
with fewer opportunities on the sending and/or hosting side and is shared between 
the sending and hosting organisations according to their responsibilities.  
Impact 
If several volunteers are involved in a project or activity, structuring elements should 
be ensured wherever possible, for example through a coherent or complementary 
thematic approach, reciprocity in the sending and hosting of volunteers, 
complementarity of activity areas and tasks, regular meetings and networking 
opportunities for volunteers etc.  
 
Furthermore, the impact of an EVS project should not just be limited to the 
participants in the activity, but also bring the concept of ‘Europe’ to the local 
communities involved and – through evaluation, follow-up and valorisation – allow 
future projects and interested organisations to benefit from it, too.  
The possibility of combining different EVS activities within one project as well as 
the introduction of the concept of group EVS offer plenty of opportunities for the 
above structuring elements, which altogether should serve to maximise the 
effectiveness and impact of EVS. 
Evaluation  
Proper evaluation of the EVS activity together with the volunteers has to be ensured 
by the coordinating organisation in cooperation with host and sending organisations, 
volunteers and National Agencies.  To this end, a final evaluation meeting is 
organised by the National Agency in the sending country or by the coordinating 
organisation. 
Valorisation of results 
The achievements and results of the activities should be disseminated and exploited 
in order to optimise their value, strengthen their impact and ensure that the largest 
possible number of young people and organisations benefit from them. This implies 
transferring outcomes towards the appropriate stakeholder and multiplying them on a 
larger scale. Costs for valorisation can be co-financed by the Community grant. 
 
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Follow-up activity of the volunteer 
The volunteer may carry out a follow-up activity within six months of the completion 
of her/his EVS activity abroad. This follow-up activity may last up to 1 month and 
always takes place either in the country of residence (“sending country”) or in the 
host country. It should build on the EVS experience and aim to highlight, 
disseminate and promote the EVS results and to increase its impact. This follow-up 
activity is conceived by the volunteer – possibly with the support of the sending or 
host organisation and/or a national structure or group of former EVS volunteers. It is 
an integral part of the EVS project.  
Visibility 
Each EVS project should highlight the Community support and provide information 
on the EVS project and the Youth in Action programme to the outside world 
(including through the use of European and Youth in Action logos). Also the 
organisations and volunteers involved in the project should be made aware of their 
participation in EVS.  
Who can apply? 
The coordinating organisation applies on behalf of the partnership. 
In projects that involve only one sending and one host organisation, either of them 
takes over the role of the coordinating organisation (applicant), which applies on 
behalf of the partnership. 
How to apply? 
Regardless the number of sending/host organisations and volunteers involved, or the 
number and duration of the activities, there is only one application, one financing decision 
and one grant agreement per project. 
 
Depending on the status of the organisation, the nature of activities foreseen and the 
geographic scope, applications should be sent either to National Agencies or to the 
Executive Agency.  
Applications to be sent to the National Agencies: 
The application must be submitted by the coordinating organisation to the National 
Agency of the Programme Country where the coordinating organisation is legally 
established. 
 
Sending and host organisations located in ‘other Partner Countries of the world’ 
cannot participate in projects submitted at national level. 
 
Applications involving young people with fewer opportunities, which foresee an 
activity of between 2 weeks and 2 months, may be accepted by National Agencies up 
until one week before the regular selection committee. The earliest possible project 
 
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start date for these projects is the date of the signature of the financing agreement by 
both parties. 
Applications to be sent to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture 
Executive Agency: 
Applications should be sent to the Executive Agency if: 
 
1.  the coordinating organisation is an accredited European Non-Governmental 
Organisations (ENGOs), which is legally established in one of the 
Programme countries and has members/branches in at least eight Programme 
countries; 
2.  the coordinating organisation is an accredited organisation legally established 
in a SEE country;  
3.  the coordinating organisation is an intergovernmental organisation or a profit-
making organising body of an event; 
4.  the project involves organisations or volunteers from ‘other Partner Countries 
of the world; 
5.  the project is linked to large-scale European or international events (for 
example: European Capital of Culture, European football Championship, 
World Cup, Olympic Games, a major natural or man-made disaster). 
How is the activity financed? 
Community financing of an EVS project is based on the principle of co-funding, with other 
public and/or private contributions. This means that contributions, in kind or in cash, from 
the sending and host organisations are necessary to cover the total cost of the project.  
 
The volunteer receives full board and lodging, complete insurance cover, a volunteer 
allowance and – if applicable – an incentive to carry out a follow-up activity. Furthermore, 
volunteer training sessions are provided for free. The travel costs are reimbursed at the rate 
of 100%.  
 
The volunteer allowance (‘pocket money’) is conceived in a way that it helps the volunteer 
cover some additional personal expenses during the stay abroad. The allowance is not meant 
to cover these personal expenses in full. It is not meant either to cover expenses related to 
regular food, accommodation and local transport of the volunteer, which are covered by the 
host organisation and cofinanced from the Community grant under ‘host activity costs’. 
 
The Community grant is based on a combination of: 
 
•  participation in the actual costs for certain types of expense; 
•  flat rate amounts for certain other types of expense; and    
•  amounts based on scales of unit costs for certain other types of expense.  
 
according to the table at the end of this chapter D. 
 
 
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The flat rate amounts and scales of unit costs indicated below and in this table represent the 
basic level of financing; this basic level can vary depending on possible adaptations by 
National Agencies in Programme Countries.  
 
Fixed amounts and flat rates represent a contribution to project activities; they are not 
directly linked to any specific costs; the costs they cover do not need to be accounted for, or 
justified. 
 
This funding mechanism should help applicants to calculate the expected grant amount and 
should facilitate realistic planning of the EVS project.  
Breakdown of the Community grant 
EVS provides financial support through the following grant items 
•  Travel costs: 100% of actual costs 
•  Sending activity costs: fixed amount per volunteer 
•  Host activity costs: flat rate amount per volunteer per month 
•  Visa costs, visa-related costs and vaccination costs: 100% of actual 
costs 
•  Volunteer’s allowance: country-specific 
•  Pre-departure training, mid-term meeting and evaluation meeting: 
100% of actual costs up to 300 €  
•  On-arrival training: 100% of actual costs up to 800 € 
•  Coordination costs: Fixed amounts per partner organisation and 
volunteer for the administration and networking of the project partners 
by the coordinating organisation. (Not granted in projects with only 
one host and one sending organisation with one of them being the 
coordinating organisation). 
•  Visibility and Valorisation: up to 10% of the project grant 
•  Follow-up activity of the volunteer: fixed amount per volunteer 
 
For projects involving young people with fewer opportunities 
•  Advance-Planning Visit (APV): actual travel costs + fixed amount per 
person 
•  Reinforced mentorship: flat rate per volunteer per month 
•  Exceptional costs: up to 100% of actual costs 
Exceptional costs 
Exceptional costs in EVS are related to young people with fewer opportunities and/or 
with special needs. They may cover for example: medical attendance, health care, 
additional linguistic training/support, additional preparation, special premises or 
equipment, additional accompanying person, additional personal expenses in the case 
of an economic disadvantage. They cannot cover bank loans or interest. Up to 100% 
of exceptional costs can be supported by the grant, provided they are clearly linked to 
the implementation of the project, necessary and justified in the application form. All 
exceptional costs must be actual costs, properly supported and justified. 
 
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What are the contractual obligations? 
Grant agreement 
Once the EVS project has been approved, the beneficiary (coordinating organisation) 
will receive a grant agreement that will govern the use of the Community funds. 
Whereas the coordinating organisation bears the responsibility for the entire project 
management towards the National Agency or the Executive Agency, it is the shared 
responsibility of the project partners to implement the project in a spirit of 
partnership. The precise share of responsibilities among project partners is agreed on 
in the Activity Agreement. 
 
On-site visits or audits may be carried out by the National Agency, the Executive 
Agency, the Commission or the Court of Auditors to check that all contractual 
obligations are being properly fulfilled.  
 
If, in the course of the project, unforeseen circumstances disrupt its implementation, 
the beneficiary must immediately contact its National Agencies or the Executive 
Agency, to make appropriate arrangements.  
Failure to carry out the project as agreed can lead to the recovering of part of or the 
entire grant. 
Activity Agreement 
The project partnership finds its expression in: 
 
1.  The original signature of the legal representative of the coordinating organisation  
and through the signatures of the legal representative of each of the involved sending 
and host organisations in the application; 
 
2.  The EVS Activity Agreement: After the approval of the project, but before the start 
of any EVS activity within the project, a detailed Activity Agreement must be signed 
by the organisations and by the volunteers involved in the respective EVS activity. 
The EVS Activity Agreement lays down the tasks, working hours and practical 
arrangements as well as the expected learning process and learning objectives of the 
volunteers. It contains information necessary for crisis prevention/management. It 
attributes clear responsibilities to the sending, host and coordinating organisations 
and contains the corresponding division of the grant. In case of substantial changes 
to the Activity Agreement, all partners involved in the activity need to agree and 
sign a revised Activity Agreement. In case of doubt, the criteria and rules of EVS, as 
stipulated in the Programme Guide, prevail over arrangements in the Activity 
Agreement. Before the beginning of any activity, a copy of the  Activity Agreement 
(and later on of any eventual substantial changes to it) must be sent to the National 
Agency or the Executive Agency, which has awarded the grant in order to facilitate 
monitoring of the activities and planning of volunteer trainings/meetings. 
 
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Insurance 
Every volunteer must be enrolled into the Commission’s group insurance plan for 
EVS volunteers, which complements the coverage by national social security 
systems – if applicable – by virtue of the European Health Insurance Card (or 
similar) issued to the volunteer. 
What support is available? 
Non-financial support and services of EVS 
Within European Voluntary Service, quality and technical support to young people 
and organisations is provided by National Agencies and so-called EVS Advice and 
Support Organisations at national level and by the Education, Audiovisual and 
Culture Executive Agency and the Commission at European level.  
 
The core service consists of helping with the identification of volunteers and EVS 
sending, host and coordinating organisations and to support the matchmaking of 
mutual interests, profiles and expectations on request.  
This is mainly intended to help those, who want to get involved in EVS, but do not 
yet have the necessary European or international contacts. In this context, also the 
internet database of accredited EVS organisations can be of great help (see the 
Commission website). 
 
Other services may be offered in addition. To find out more about the exact scope of 
the services offered, please contact your National Agency or the Executive Agency. 
EVS Advice and Support Organisations  
Complementing the delivery of EVS services if needed, EVS Advice and Support 
Organisations are identified by National Agencies from civil society and the public 
sector. The EVS Advice and Support Organisations help with the identification of 
volunteers and EVS sending and hosting organisations on request. They can also help 
matching the interests, profiles and expectations of volunteers and organisations and 
assist with partnership-building. However, the actual recruitment and selection 
process of volunteers remains the responsibility of sending/hosting/coordinating 
organisations and cannot be taken over by EVS Advice and Support Organisations or 
National Agencies.  
In addition to these core tasks, EVS Advice and Support Organisations may also 
assist in developing the thematic or geographic scope of EVS or in reaching out to a 
certain target group. The exact set of services is determined by the National Agencies 
in light of the Youth in Action priorities, the respective capacities and the situation 
of EVS in a given country. In justified cases, a similar advisory and supportive role 
may also be conferred to individuals. 
EVS Advice and Support Organisations must not take over contractual or financial 
management responsibility from National Agencies. EVS Advice and Support 
Organisations may also send, host or coordinate volunteers themselves and receive a 
 
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project grant for this, provided that they are accredited EVS sending, host or 
coordinating organisations. 
Youthpass 
Every volunteer is entitled to receive a Youthpass, which describes and validates the 
non-formal learning experience. This document can be of great benefit for the future 
educational or professional pathway of the volunteer. Through the Youthpass the 
European Commission ensures that the voluntary activity is recognised as an 
educational experience and a period of non-formal learning and informal learning. 
The achievement report is filled in jointly by the volunteer and a representative of the 
host organisation, is signed by both and handed over to the volunteer directly at the 
end of the voluntary activity abroad. 
Former EVS volunteer structures 
Any volunteer may choose to become involved in the activities of the national 
structures of former EVS volunteers during or after the EVS. For details, please 
contact your National Agency. 
Examples 
 
  One or several volunteers go abroad for an EVS activity in a local, regional, national, 
European or international host organisation. This may for example be a youth centre, 
a Fair Trade Shop, a sports association, an elderly people’s home, a kindergarten, a 
school, a municipality, a civil protection organisation, a development NGO, a 
secretariat of a European NGO, a theatre, a museum, a nature reserve, an arts centre, 
etc. 
  Volunteers – individually or in a group - carry out practical tasks for the benefit of 
the community, such as for example restoring cultural heritage (churches, castles 
etc.). 
  A group of volunteers supports an event in the areas of culture, youth or sports, etc. 
This could be a local or regional theatre festival, a European Cultural Capital, a 
sports event with disabled athletes, Olympic Games, a football championship, a 
youth festival, etc. 
  A group of volunteers helps with environmental rehabilitation, reconstruction, 
capacity- and confidence-building in the medium- or long term after a natural or 
man-made disaster or conflict. This could be for example a heavy thunderstorm or 
earthquake that had destroyed nature and infrastructure or a civil war that has left 
deep divides among different parts of society. 
 
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European Voluntary Service Charter 
 
European Voluntary Service Charter 
 
The European Voluntary Service (EVS) Charter is part of the 'Youth in Action' Programme Guide and 
highlights the roles of EVS sending, host and coordinating organisations and the main principles and quality 
standards of EVS.  Each EVS organisation adheres to the provisions set out in this Charter. 
 
EVS partnership 
A solid partnership between EVS sending, host, coordinating organisations and the volunteer is the basis of 
every EVS activity. An adequate match-making between the volunteer profile and the tasks has to be in 
place. An activity agreement is signed by all the partners before the beginning of the activity.   
• 
The sending organisation is in charge of the preparation and support of the volunteers before, during 
and after the EVS activities.  
• 
The host organisation has to ensure safe and decent living and working conditions to the volunteer 
throughout the entire activity period.  It has to provide adequate personal, linguistic and task-related 
support, including the identification of a mentor for the volunteer.  
• 
The coordinating organisation (applicant) has the role of facilitating the implementation of the project 
by offering administrative and quality support to all project partners and enabling their networking.  
 
EVS principles to be ensured 

• 
The non-formal educational and intercultural learning dimension, through a clear definition of a 
learning plan for the volunteer. 
• 
The service dimension through a clear definition of the non-profit making character and the volunteer 
tasks. Full-time service and active role of the volunteer in implementing the activities have to be 
ensured. EVS volunteer activities must not substitute any employment.  
• 
The benefit to and the contact with the local community. 
• 
EVS is free of charge for the volunteers. 
• 
Accessibility and Inclusion: when recruiting EVS volunteers, the organisations maintain the overall 
accessibility of EVS for all young people, without prejudice related to ethnic group, religion, sexual 
orientation or political opinion. If the project targets volunteers with fewer opportunities, facilities and 
capacity in providing tailor-made preparation, support and follow-up have to be in place. 
 
EVS quality standards to be ensured 
Support to the volunteer 
• 
before, during and after the EVS activities, in particular in crisis prevention and management; 
• 
for insurance, visa, residence permit, travel arrangements and all the EVS administrative procedures; 
• 
by facilitating the volunteer’s participation in the EVS training cycle (pre-departure training, on-arrival 
training, mid-term meeting and final evaluation); 
• 
by foreseeing proper evaluation measures; 
• 
by encouraging a follow-up activity: every volunteer has the right to plan and implement a follow-up 
activity.  
Information 
• 
All EVS partners have the right to receive complete information on the activity and agree on all 
aspects.  
• 
Visibility, dissemination and publicity measures have to be in place. 
Recognition 
• 
Each EVS volunteer is entitled to receive a Youthpass. 
 
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Overview of funding rules  
See the following tables. 
 
 
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Youth in Action Programme 
 
Overview of funding rules 
All figures are in euros 
Type of expense /  Beneficiary  Basis for 
Amount 
Rule of allocation 
Use of Community grant 
Reporting obligations 
project 
funding  Please note that 
All documents to be kept for audit purposes 
fixed amounts and 
for 5 years after completion of the project 
flat rates can be 
adapted by 
National Agencies
Travel costs of the  Sending 
Actual 
100% 
Automatic 
Travel costs from home to the venue of the  Full justification of the costs incurred, 
volunteer  
organisation  costs 
project (one return ticket). Use of the 
copy of travel tickets / invoices 
cheapest means and fares (APEX airfare, 
2nd class train ticket) 
Sending activity 
Sending 
Fixed 
€ 450 per 
Automatic Recruitment, 
preparation of the volunteer,  Results / achievements to be described in 
costs  
organisation  amount 
volunteer (1) 
arranging insurance, help with visa, staying final report 
in contact with the volunteer, evaluation, 
follow-up, administration/communication. 
Host activity costs  Host 
Flat rate 
€ 450 per 
Automatic 
Support to the volunteer (task-related, 
Results / achievements to be described in 
organisation 
volunteer for 
linguistic and personal support, mentor), 
final report.  
each month of 
accommodation, food, local transport, 
 
voluntary 
administration/communication.  
Signed declaration of the volunteer in 
activity abroad 
final report regarding the support received 
(1) 
Visa costs, visa-
Coordinating,  Actual 
100% 
Conditional: need for and 
Visa costs, visa-related costs, residence 
Full justification of the costs incurred, 
related costs and 
hosting or 
costs 
objectives of exceptional costs 
permit and vaccination costs 
copies of invoices / receipts 
vaccination costs  
sending 
 
must be justified in application 
 
 
organisation   
form 
 
 
 
 
Volunteer's 
Host or 
Country-
See table below  Automatic 
To be given as “pocket money” to the 
Signed declaration from the volunteer in 
allowance 
coordinating  specific 
volunteer (weekly or monthly) for 
final report 
organisation 
additional personal expenses. 
On-arrival training  Host or 
Actual 
100% up to € 
Conditional: content and 
Costs directly linked to the organisation of  Full justification of the costs incurred, 
coordinating  costs 
800 per 
objectives of the planned activities  the activity 
copies of invoices / receipts up to the 
organisation 
participant. 
must be described in application in 
maximum amount. 
(volunteers, 
line with Commission’s minimum 
trainers, etc.) 
standards for volunteer training.  
 
NOT granted, if the volunteer 
participates in the training 
 
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organised by or on behalf the 
National Agencies (free of charge 
Pre-departure 
Coordinating,  Actual 
100% up to € 
Conditional: content and 
Costs directly linked to the organisation of  Full justification of the costs incurred, 
training, mid-term  sending and/or  costs 
300 per 
objectives of the planned activities  the activity 
copies of invoices / receipts up to the 
meeting, final 
host 
participant 
must be described in application in 
maximum amount. 
evaluation.  
organisation 
(volunteers, 
line with Commission’s minimum 
 
trainers etc.) 
standards for volunteer training.  
 
NOT granted, if the volunteer 
participates in the training 
organised by or on behalf the 
National Agencies (free of charge)
Follow-up activity  Coordinating  Fixed 
€ 500 per 
Optional: This personal follow-up  The fixed amount is to be paid out in full  Results / achievements to be described in 
of the volunteer 
organisation  amount 
volunteer 
activity may be implemented by 
to the volunteer. The activity must build on  the final report. 
the volunteer within 6 months after  the EVS experience, highlight and 
the end of the EVS activity abroad.  disseminate its results and promote EVS 
It can last up to 1 month. 
and volunteering. 
Coordination costs  Coordinating  Fixed 
€ 300 per 
Conditional: content and 
Costs for coordination, monitoring, 
Results / achievements to be described in 
organisation  amount 
partner 
objectives of coordinating 
networking, communications, 
the final report. 
 
organisation 
activities must be justified in 
administration, salaries, meetings of the 
 
 

application form. 
project partners. 
 
€ 150 per 
 
 
volunteer 
NOT granted if there is only one host 
 
organisation and one sending organisation 
in the project with one of them being the 
coordinating organisation. 
Visibility and 
Coordinating  Actual 
Up to 10% of 
Conditional: content and 
Publicity, visibility, press conference, 
Full justification (copies of 
valorisation costs 
organisation  costs 
the Community  objectives of visibility/valorsiation  documentation, dissemination of best 
invoices/receipts) of costs incurred 
grant 
activities must be justified in 
practice and results by the organisation(s), 
application form. 
etc. 
 
 
 
 (1) 

For project applications to National Agencies, please contact the National Agency for up-to-date information on the current flat rates/fixed amounts applied at national level and/or 
consult the table published on the Commission’s website. For project applications to the Executive Agency in Brussels, the amounts applied are those stated above
.  
For group EVS activities in Programme Countries, the flat rate for “host activity costs” of the host country applies for all project applications at national and European level. 
                Please note that a transfer of up to 10% between grant items based on actual costs is authorised without amendment of the financing agreement. A transfer from actual costs to flat    
rates/fixed amounts (or vice versa) is not allowed. 
 
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Additional funding for projects involving young people with fewer opportunities 
 
Type of expense /  Beneficiary 
Basis for 
Amount 
Rule of allocation
Use of Community grant 
Reporting obligations 
project 
funding 
Please note that all 
All documents to be kept for audit 
amounts can be adapted 
purposes for 5 years after 
by National Agencies 
completion of the project 
Advance planning 
Sending 
Actual costs +  100% of travel costs   Conditional: need for   Travel costs from home to the venue of the 
Copy of travel tickets, and 
visit 
organisation 
flat rate (max 2  + € 48 per day per 
and objectives of 
project. Use of the cheapest means and fares 
results / achievements to be 
days) 
person per sending 
advance planning visit  (APEX airfare, 2nd class train ticket). Flat rate  described in final report 
partner (one or two on  must be justified in 
for accommodation costs and other costs during 
condition that the 
the application form   the visit 
second is a young 
participant) (1) 
Reinforced 
Host and/or 
Flat rate 
€ 250 per volunteer 
Conditional: need for  Additional personal support to volunteers with  Results/achievements to be 
mentorship 
sending 
per month (1) 
and objectives of 
fewer opportunities during preparation, EVS 
described in final report. 
organisation 
 
reinforced mentorship  activity abroad and follow-up. 
as well as details of 
personal support must 
be justified and 
explained in the 
application form 
Exceptional costs  
Host and/or 
Actual costs 
Up to 100% 
Conditional: need for  Costs directly related to volunteers with fewer  Full justification of the costs 
 
sending 
 
and objectives of 
opportunities/special needs. 
incurred, copies of invoices / 
 
organisation 
 
exceptional costs must  
receipts 
 
 
be justified in 
 
 
application form 
 
(1) 

For project applications to National Agencies, please contact the National Agency for up-to-date information on the current flat rates/fixed amounts applied at national level and/or 
consult the table published on the Commission’s website. 
For project applications to the Executive Agency in Brussels, the amounts applied are those stated above.  
For group EVS activities in Programme Countries, the flat rate for “host activity costs” of the host country applies for all project applications at national and European level. 

 
Please note that a transfer of up to 10% between grant items based on actual costs is authorised without contract amendment. A transfer from actual costs to flat rates/fixed 
amounts (or vice versa) is not allowed. 

 
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Iceland 145 
 
Liechtenstein 130 
Norway 145 
VOLUNTEER ALLOWANCES  
Participating countries which are candidates for accession to 
 
in € per month 
the European Union 
 
Bulgaria 65 
Romania 60 
Member States of the European Union (EU)18 
 
Turkey 85 
Austria 110 
Countries participating in the Stabilisation and Association 
 
Belgium 105 
process 
Cyprus 95 
South East Europe 
 
Czech Republic 
95 
Albania 50 
Denmark 140 
Bosnia and Herzegovina 
65 
Estonia 85 
Croatia 60 
Finland 120 
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) 
50 
France 125 
Montenegro 80 
Germany 105 
Serbia 80 
Greece 95 
Countries participating in the European Neighbourhood 
 
Hungary 95 
Policy19 
Ireland 125 
Mediterranean Partner Countries  
 
Italy 115 
Algeria                                     
85 
Latvia 80 
Egypt 65 
Lithuania 80 
Israel 105 
Luxembourg 105 
Jordan 60 
Malta 95 
Lebanon 70 
Netherlands 115 
Morocco 75 
Poland 85 
Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip 
60 
Portugal 95 
Syria 80 
Slovak Republic 
95 
Tunisia 60 
Slovenia 85 
Eastern Europe and Caucasus 
 
Spain 105 
Armenia 70 
Sweden 115 
Azerbaijan 70 
United Kingdom 
150 
Belarus 90 
Participating countries of the European Free Trade 
 
Georgia 80 
Association (EFTA) 
Moldova 80 
 which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA) 
Russian Federation 
90 
                                                 
Ukraine 80 
18 
Other Partner Countries of the World 
 
Individuals from an Overseas Country and Territory (OCT), and where applicable the relevant 
Afghanistan  
50 
public and/or private bodies and institutions in an OCT, shall be eligible for the Youth in Action 
American Samoa 
70 
Programme, subject to the rules of the Programme and the arrangements applicable to the 
Andorra 70 
Member State with which they are connected. The concerned OCTs are listed in annex 1A of 
Council decision of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and 
                                                 
territories with the European Community (2200/822/EC), Official Journal L 314 of 30 November 
19 Although not participating to the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Russian Federation is 
2001  
considered as Neighbouring Partner Country by means of a special Partnership Agreement 
 
signed with the European Union. 
 
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Angola  
105 
Haiti  
65 
Antigua and Barbuda  
85 
Honduras  
50 
Argentina 75 
Hong-Kong  
60 
Australia 75 
India  
50 
Bahamas  
75 
Indonesia  
50 
Bangladesh  
50 
Ivory Coast  
60 
Barbados  
75 
Jamaica 60 
Belize  
50 
Japan  
130 
Benin  
50 
Kazakhstan  
70 
Bolivia 50 
Kenya  
60 
Botswana  
50 
Kiribati  
60 
Brasil  
65 
Kyrghyzstan  
75 
Brunei  
60 
Laos  
50 
Burkina Faso  
55 
Lesotho  
50 
Burundi  
50 
Liberia  
85 
Cambodia 50 
Macau 55 
Cameroon  
55 
Madagascar  
50 
Canada  
65 
Malawi  
50 
Cape Verde  
50 
Malaysia  
50 
Chad  
65 
Mali  
60 
Chile 70 
Mariannes 70 
China 55 
Marshall Islands 
50 
Colombia 50 
Mauritania  
50 
Comoros  
50 
Mauritius 60 
Congo (Democratic Republic of the)  
105 
Mexico 70 
Congo (Republic of the)  
70 
Micronesia  
55 
Cook Islands  
50 
Monaco 75 
Costa Rica  
50 
Mozambique  
60 
Djibouti  
65 
Namibia 50 
Dominica 75 
Nauru  
50 
Dominican Republic 
60 
Nepal  
50 
East Timor  
50 
New Zealand  
60 
Ecuador 50 
Nicaragua  
50 
El Salvador  
55 
Niger  
50 
Equitorial Guinea  
60 
Nigeria  
50 
Eritrea  
50 
Niue  
50 
Ethiopia 50 
Palau  
50 
Fiji 50 
Panama  
50 
Gabon  
75 
Papua New Guinea  
55 
Gambia, The  
50 
Paraguay  
50 
Ghana  
70 
Peru 75 
Grenada 75 
Philippines  
60 
Guatemala  
50 
Rwanda  
65 
Guinea, Republic of  
50 
Saint Kitts and Nevis  
85 
Guinea-Bissau  
50 
Sainte-Lucia 75 
Guyana 50 
Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines  
75 
 
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Samoa  
50 
San Marino 
60 
Sao Tome and Principe  
60 
Senegal  
65 
Seychelles  
85 
Sierra Leone  
55 
Singapore  
75 
Solomon Islands  
50 
South Africa  
50 
South Korea  
100 
Sudan  
55 
Suriname  
55 
Swaziland  
50 
Switzerland 80 
Tanzania 50 
Thailand  
60 
Togo  
60 
Tokelau  
50 
Tonga  
50 
Trinidad and Tobago  
60 
Tuvalu  
50 
Uganda  
55 
United States  
80 
Uruguay  
55 
Uzbekistan  
75 
Vanuatu  
60 
Vatican, The 
60 
Venezuela  
85 
Vietnam  
50 
Yemen  
60 
Zambia 50 
Zimbabwe 50 
 
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E.  Action 3 - Youth in the World   
What is Youth in the World? 
Youth in the World is an Action which aims at promoting exchanges and cooperation in the 
field of youth and non-formal education with other regions of the world.   
 
It supports projects involving young people and organisations from the so-called ‘Partner 
Countries’, an expression which identifies all countries which can be involved in the Youth 
in Action 
Programme but which are not defined as ‘Programme Countries’.   
 
This measure supports Youth Exchanges - mainly multilateral but not excluding bilateral 
ones - which allow several groups of young people from Programme and Partner Countries 
to meet and take part together in a programme of activities.  
 
It also covers the training of those active in youth work and youth organisations from 
Programme and Partner Countries, as well as exchanges of experience, expertise and good 
practices between them. It supports activities which may lead to the establishment of long-
lasting, high quality projects and partnerships20. 
What are the aims of the action? 
In supporting activities involving young people and organisations from Partner Countries, 
the European Commission’s main aims are to promote dialogue, mutual tolerance, 
intercultural awareness and solidarity beyond the borders of the European Union, to break 
down prejudices and stereotypes, and to build up societies based on common understanding 
and respect.  
 
These activities are also intended to contribute to the development of civil society and the 
strengthening of democracy in the Partner Countries. 
                                                 
20 European Voluntary Service - European Voluntary Service (Action 2 of this Programme) is also open to international 
cooperation with Partner Countries (including ‘other Partner Countries of the world’). All relevant criteria are described 
exclusively under the section on Action 2 of this guide. For more detailed information, see section D. 
 
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Action 3.1 - Cooperation with the neighbouring countries of the  
European Union 

This measure supports projects with the Partner Countries that are considered neighbouring 
countries under the provisions of the European Neighbourhood Policy21, as well as with the 
Russian Federation and the countries from South East Europe (for a detailed list of 
Neighbouring Partner Countries, see section B of this Guide).  
 
The aims of this Action are: 
 
•  to contribute to peace and stability at the borders of the enlarged EU and beyond, by 
enhancing intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and tolerance among young 
people.  
•  and to contribute to strengthening democracy and civil society by facilitating the 
integration and active participation of young people, and by encouraging the 
development of youth structures. 
What type of activities are eligible? 
The following types of activity can be supported under this Action: 
 
•  Youth Exchanges, based on the same pattern as the Youth Exchanges foreseen under 
Action 1.1, with some particularities; 
•  Training and Networking Projects, based on the same pattern as the Training and 
Networking Projects foreseen under Action 4.3, with some particularities. 
 
Therefore the main characteristics of the activities concerned are described in other 
parts of the Programme Guide; please refer to the corresponding sections.  
 
The following section focuses on the particularities linked to the involvement of 
partners from Neighbouring Partner Countries in Youth Exchanges and Training and 
Networking Projects. 
Youth Exchanges 
What are the eligibility criteria?  
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B and to the specific 
eligibility criteria under the corresponding section in Action 1.1. 
 
Additional eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following: 
                                                 
21 Having signed agreements with the European Community relevant to the youth field. 
 
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Partner groups 
One or more of the partner groups come from a Neighbouring Partner Country. 
At least one EU Member State must be involved. 
 
A partner group must be: 
•  a non-profit organisation or association or 
•  a local or regional public body or 
•  an informal group of young people. 
 
located in Programme or Neighbouring Partner Countries.   
 
In case of an informal group, one of the young people of the group (the 
representative of the group) takes responsibility for submitting the application and 
signing the grant agreement. 
 
Multilateral Youth Exchanges must involve partner groups from at least two 
Neighbouring Partner Countries. Projects with Russia - given this country’s large 
size and its geographic and ethnic diversity - do not have to involve necessarily an 
additional Neighnouring Partner Country. Instead, Russia may be represented by two 
partner organisations coming from two different regions within the country. 
 
Bilateral and trilateral Exchanges are intended for those partner groups which have 
not organised Youth Exchanges before.  
Participants 
Young people aged between 13 and 25 years and resident in a Programme Country 
or in a Neighbouring Partner Country can participate in a Youth Exchange. In 
principle, a small number of participants of a group may be older than 25 years, but 
participants must not be older than 30 years.  
Place 
The exchange activity may take place either in Programme Countries or in 
Neighbouring Partner Countries involved in the project, except in Mediterranean 
Partner Countries. 
What are the selection criteria? 
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B. 
What are the award criteria? 
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following 
elements: 
• 
quality of the programme and working methods proposed; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
 
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Furthermore: 
 
Priority will be given to projects reflecting the general priorities of the Programme, 
i.e. participation of young people, cultural diversity, European citizenship and social 
inclusion.  
In addition, annual priorities may be fixed for the Youth in Action Programme and 
communicated on the Commission and National Agencies website and in the annex 
of the present Programme Guide.  
 
Priority will also be assigned to projects targeting the following thematic subjects: 
• 
strengthening of civil society, citizenship and democracy; 
• 
fight against racism and xenophobia; 
• 
inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue; 
• 
post-conflict resolution and reconstruction; 
• 
active role of women in society; 
• 
minority rights; 
• 
regional cooperation; 
• 
heritage and environmental protection. 
Multilateral Youth Exchanges are given priority, since the European added value in 
such exchanges is greater. 
 Geographical balance  
Projects should aim at a balance between the number of Programme Countries and 
Neighbouring Partner Countries involved. The national groups should as far as 
possible be balanced and consist of approximately the same number of participants. 
Regional cooperation 
Projects should also aim at promoting participation of young people from 
Neighbouring Partner Countries belonging to the same region, i.e. South East 
Europe, Eastern Europe and Caucasus and Mediterranean Partner Countries.  
Training and Networking Projects 
What are the eligibility criteria?  
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B and to the specific 
eligibility criteria under the corresponding section in Action 4.3. 
 
Additional eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following: 
Partners 
Projects must involve at least two partners from Neighbouring Partner Countries and 
two partners from Programme Countries. 
 
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Job Shadowing activities and Feasibility visits represent an exception, as they may 
involve a minimum of one partner organisation from a Neighbouring Partner Country 
and one partner from a Programme Country. 
 
In any type of project, at least one EU Member State must be involved.  
A partner must be: 
 
•  a non-profit organisation or association or 
•  a local, regional public body or 
•  an informal group of young people.  
 
located in a Programme or a Neighbouring Partner Country. 
In case of an informal group, one of the young people of the group (the 
representative of the group) takes responsibility for submitting the application and 
signing the grant agreement. 
Participants 
All actors involved or interested in non-formal education and youth, legally residing 
in a Partner Country or in a Neighbouring Partner Country can participate in Training 
and Networking Projects.   
Place 
The activity may take place either in a Programme Country or in a Neighbouring 
Partner Country involved in the project, except in a Mediterranean Partner Country. 
What are the selection criteria? 
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B. 
What are the award criteria? 
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following 
elements: 
 
• 
quality of the programme and working methods proposed; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
 
Furthermore: 
 
Priority will be given to projects reflecting the general priorities of the Programme, 
i.e. participation of young people, cultural diversity, European citizenship and social 
inclusion. In addition, annual priorities may be fixed for the Youth in Action 
Programme and communicated on the Commission and National Agencies website 
and in the annex of the present Programme Guide. 
 
 
 
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Priority will also be assigned to projects targeting the following thematic subjects: 
 
• 
strengthening of civil society, citizenship and democracy, 
• 
fight against racism and xenophobia; 
• 
inter-ethnic and inter-religious dialogue; 
• 
post-conflict resolution and reconstruction; 
• 
active role of women in society; 
• 
minority rights; 
• 
regional cooperation; 
• 
heritage and environmental protection. 
Geographical balance 
Projects should aim at a balance between the number of Programme Countries and 
Neighbouring Partner Countries involved. The national groups should as far as 
possible be balanced and consist of approximately the same number of participants. 
Regional cooperation 
Projects should aim at promoting participation of Neighbouring Partner Countries 
from the same region, i.e. South East Europe, Eastern Europe and Caucasus or 
Mediterranean Partner Countries.  
How to make a good project? 
Please refer to the corresponding sections under Actions 1.1 and 4.3.  
Who can apply? 
Project applications may be initiated by any partner organisation established in one 
of the Programme Countries or in South East European countries. 
Informal groups of young people, as well as partner organisations established in 
Partner Countries other than South East Europe cannot be the coordinating partner 
(they cannot submit applications themselves). 
How to apply? 
Different procedures must be followed depending on the place where the project 
takes place and the applicant submitting the application. An overview summarising 
the different application procedures is provided at the end of the section.  
For projects taking place in a Programme Country: 
1.  Applications must be submitted at European level, to the Education, Audiovisual 
and Culture Executive Agency,  if: 
•  the applicant is a European Non-Governmental Organisation 
(ENGO), which is established in one of the Programme Countries 
and has members/branches in at least eight Programme Countries; 
 
 
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2.  All other applications must be submitted at national level, to a National Agency 
of a Programme Country,  by: 
3.   
•  organisations established in the Programme Country where the 
project takes place.  
For projects taking place in South East Europe: 
1.  Applications must be submitted at European level, to the Education, Audiovisual 
and Culture Executive Agency,  if: 
•  the applicant is an organisation legally established in the SEE 
country hosting the activity; 
•  the applicant is a European Non-Governmental Organisation 
(ENGO), which is established in one of the Programme Countries 
and has members/branches in at least eight Programme Countries; 
 
2.  Applications must be submitted at national level, to a National Agency  of a 
Programme Country,  if: 
•  the applicant is an organisation established in a Programme 
Country and wishing to take the lead in coordinating and 
implementing the project.  
For projects taking place in Eastern Europe and Caucasus: 
Organisations established in Eastern Europe and Caucasus can participate as partner 
organisations only and cannot submit project applications directly.    
 
1.  Applications must be submitted at European level, to the Education, Audiovisual 
and Culture Executive Agency,  if: 
•  the applicant is a European Non-Governmental Organisation 
(ENGO), which is established in one of the Programme Countries 
and has members/branches in at least eight Programme Countries. 
 
2.  All other applications must be submitted at national level, to a National Agency 
of a Programme Country,  by: 
•  organisations established in a Programme Country and wishing to 
take the lead in coordinating and implementing the project.  
For projects taking place in Mediterranean Partner Countries: 
The  Youth in Action Programme does not support projects taking place in 
Mediterranean Partner Countries.  
 
In the Euro-Mediterranean region, the Youth in Action Programme contributes to 
support a wider Community Joint Action called the Euro-Med Youth programme.    
 
The Euro-Med Youth programme is part of the 3rd chapter of the Barcelona Process 
launched in 1995: partnership in the social, cultural and human field. It aims to 
involve young people from the Euro-Mediterranean Partner Countries in a permanent 
intercultural dialogue.  
 
 
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The Programme is financed through two different financial resources of the 
Community:   
 
•  the Youth in Action Programme, managed by DG Education and  Culture of the 
European Commission, supports Euro-Med Youth projects taking place in 
Programme Countries; 
•  the MEDA funds, managed by the Europe Aid Co-operation Office of the 
European Commission, support projects taking place in Mediterranean Partner 
Countries.  
 
Although the general objectives and criteria are common, projects may be subject to 
specific rules, criteria and procedures, depending on the source of Community 
contribution they receive the grant from. 
 
How are the activities financed? 
Please refer to the corresponding sections under Actions 1.1 and 4.3.  
What are the specific contractual obligations? 
Please refer to the corresponding sections under Actions 1.1 and 4.3. In addition, 
please consider the following: 
Multi -Measure Financial Agreements 
Multi-Measure Financial Agreements do not apply to projects organised in 
cooperation with Neighbouring Partner Countries under Action 3.1. 
What support is available? 
Three regional SALTO Resource Centres (SEE, EECA and EuroMed ) promote 
cooperation between Programme Countries and the Neighbouring Partner Countries 
through dissemination of information, capacity building and assistance in finding 
partners. 
 
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Action 3.2. Cooperation with ‘other Partner Countries of the world’  
What are the aims of the sub-Action? 
This sub-Action aims to support projects which promote cooperation between 
Programme Countries and other countries of the world, not neighbouring the 
European Union, and having signed agreements with the European Community 
relevant to the youth field. 
 
This cooperation in the field of youth work and youth policy aims at: 
•  exchanging experience and good practice in the field of youth and non-
formal education;  
•  supporting training and development of youth organisations and individuals 
involved in youth and non formal education; 
•  developing/strengthening partnerships and networks among youth 
organisations; 
•  supporting thematic youth cooperation through multilateral and bilateral 
exchanges.  
 
Within Action 3.2, priority will be given to projects involving countries in Latin 
America, Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, and Asia. 
What are the selection criteria and how are projects funded? 
Eligible applications are assessed on the basis of eligibility and award criteria laid 
down in the calls for proposals. Thematic and/or regional priorities will be fixed 
annually through the calls for proposals.  
 
The grant mechanism and funding rules will be defined in the text of the call for 
proposals.  
How to apply? 
Beneficiaries are selected on the basis of annual calls for proposals. For further 
information on application forms and deadlines, please visit the Commission website  
or contact the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels. 
This sub-Action is implemented at centralised level. Therefore proposals must be 
submitted directly to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. 
 
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Youth in Action Programme 
Action 3 - Youth in the World  
 
Overview of application procedures:  
Action 3.1.: cooperation with the neighbouring countries of the European Union 
 
Region / Country where the 
Who can apply  
Where to apply 
project takes place  
 
Organisation from Programme Country 
to relevant National Agency (decentralised procedure) 
Programme Countries  
European Youth Non-Governmental Organisation 
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency 
(EYNGO) 
(centralised procedure) 
Organisation from Programme Country 
to relevant National Agency (decentralised procedure) 
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency 
Organisation from SEE country hosting the activity 
South East Europe  
(centralised procedure) 
European Youth Non-Governmental Organisation 
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency 
(EYNGO) 
(centralised procedure) 
Organisation from Programme Country 
to relevant National Agency (decentralised procedure) 
Eastern Europe and Caucasus   
European Youth Non-Governmental Organisation 
Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency 
(EYNGO) 
(centralised procedure) 
Projects supported through MEDA funds managed by EuropeAid 
Mediterranean Partner Countries 
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Co-operation Office  
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F.  Action 4 - Youth Support Systems 
What are the aims of the Action? 
Action 4 – Youth Support Systems of the Youth in Action Programme contributes to 
developing the quality of support structures, to support the role of those active in youth 
work and youth organisations, to develop the quality of the Programme and to promote civil 
participation of young people at European level by supporting bodies active at European 
level in the field of youth. 
This general objective shall be achieved by: 
 
•  contributing to the networking of the organisations concerned; 
•  developing the training and collaboration between those active in youth work and 
youth organisations; 
•  promoting innovation in the development of activities for young people; 
•  contributing to the improvement of information for young people, while paying 
special attention to the access of young people with disabilities; 
•  supporting long term youth projects and initiatives of regional and local bodies; 
•  facilitating the recognition of young people’s non-formal learning and skills acquired 
through participation in this Programme; 
•  exchanging best practice. 
What type of activities are eligible? 
In order to have appropriate tools to achieve the above objectives, eight sub-Actions have 
been defined within Action 4 – 'Youth supports systems': 
 
4.1 – Support for bodies active at European level in the field of youth 
4.2 – Support for the European Youth Forum 
4.3 – Training and Networking of those active in youth work and youth organisations 
4.4 – Projects encouraging innovation and quality 
4.5 – Information activities for young people and those active in youth work and youth 
organisations  
4.6 – Partnerships 
4.7 – Support for the structures of the Programme 
4.8 – Adding to the value of the Programme 
 
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Action 4.1 – Support for bodies active at European level in the field of 
youth 

This sub-Action offers financial support to NGOs active at European level in the 
field of youth in order to contribute to their operating costs. Eligible organisations 
are those which pursue a goal of general European interest. Their activities must 
contribute to young people’s participation in public life and society, and the 
development and implementation of European cooperation activities in the field of 
youth in general. They should be based in one of the Programme Countries and have 
member branches in at least eight Programme Countries. 
 
This support is provided through an annual call for proposals published on the 
Commission and on the Executive Agency website. 
 
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Action 4.2 – Support for the European Youth Forum 
Grants are awarded under this sub-Action to support the ongoing activities of the 
European Youth Forum 
What kind of activities are funded? 
The main activities of the European Youth Forum are as follows: 
 
•  representing youth organisations at European level; 
•  coordinating the positions of its members vis-à-vis the European Union; 
•  relaying information on youth at European level; 
•  relaying information from the European Union to national youth councils and 
non-governmental organisations; 
•  promoting and preparing the participation of young people in democratic life; 
•  contributing to the framework of European cooperation in the youth field 
established at the level of the European Union; 
•  contributing to the development of youth policies, youth work and 
educational opportunities, the relaying of information concerning young 
people and the development of representative structures for young people 
throughout Europe; 
•  engaging in discussion and reflection on youth in Europe and in other parts of 
the world and on the European Union's action for young people. 
Contact  
European Youth Forum  
Rue Joseph II, 120 
B-1000 Bruxelles 
Tel: +32 2 230 64 90 
Fax: +32 2 230 21 23 
http://www.youthforum.org  
 
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Action 4.3 - Training and Networking of those active in youth work and youth 
organisations  

What is Training and Networking? 
Cooperation and partnerships, training measures and exchange of good practice are 
the key terms for the development of youth organisations, civil society and those 
involved in youth work.  
 
On this basis, Action 4.3 supports projects so as to achieve the following objectives:  
Objective 1 - Promoting exchanges, cooperation and training in European youth work 
This objective shall be pursued through the support of activities which aim to raise 
the awareness of the importance of European cooperation in the field of youth, as 
well as to encourage cooperation and synergies between the many actors involved.  
 
Supported activities would enable participants to:  
 
•  identify and exchange good practice and transfer of knowledge at European, 
national, regional or local level; 
•  compare different approaches and strategies;  
•  exchange experiences in youth work. 
Objective 2 - Supporting development of projects under the Youth in Action Programme 
This objective shall be pursued through the support of activities which aim to help all 
those involved in youth activities or interested in youth matters, to prepare and 
develop projects and initiatives within the context of the Youth in Action 
Programme, in particular by providing:  
 
•  assistance in the development of two Actions of the Youth in Action 
Programme (Youth for Europe and European Voluntary Service);  
•  support for capacity building and innovation with regard to international 
training and co-operation in the field of youth work; 
•  opportunities for applicants to develop and improve their skills in non-formal 
education; 
•  support for partner-finding, through specifically focused activities.  
 
Training and Networking Project is developed in view of implementing one of the 
following activities: 
Job Shadowing  (Practical learning experience) 
A short stay with a partner organisation in another country with the aim of 
exchanging good practices, acquiring skills and knowledge and/or building long-term 
partnerships through participative observation. 
 
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Feasibility Visit  
A short meeting with potential partners to explore and/or prepare for a potential 
transnational project. Feasibility meetings aim to improve and develop existing co-
operation and/or to prepare a future activity within the Youth in Action Programme.  
Evaluation Meeting  
A meeting planned with partners, aiming to evaluate past meetings, seminars, 
training courses. These meetings help partners to evaluate and discuss potential 
follow-up after undertaking a common project.  
Study Visit  
An organised study programme, for a short period, that offers a view of youth work 
and/or youth policy provisions in one country. Study visits focus on a theme and 
consist of visits and meetings to different projects and organisations in a chosen 
country. 
Partnership-Building Activity 
An event organised with a view to allow participants to find partners for trans-
national co-operation and/or for project development. Partnership-Building Activities 
bring together potential partners and facilitate the development of new projects 
around a chosen topic and/or an Action of the Youth in Action Programme. 
Seminar 
An event organised to provide a platform for discussion and exchange of good 
practice, based on theoretical inputs, around a chosen theme or themes which are 
relevant to the youth work field.  
Training Course  
An educational learning programme on specific topics, aiming to improve 
participants’ competences, knowledge, skills and attitudes. Training Courses lead to 
higher quality practice in youth work in general and/or, specifically, Youth in 
Action
 projects.  
Networking  
Activities aiming to create new networks, or to strengthen and widen existing 
networks under the Youth in Action Programme. 
What are the eligibility criteria? 
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B. 
 
The specific eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following (an overview 
summarising the eligibility criteria is provided at the end of this section): 
 
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Partners 
A Training and Networking Project is based on a partnership of a minimum of two 
partners from different Programme Countries.  
 
A partner must be: 
•  a non-profit  organisation or association or 
•  any local, regional or national public body involved in youth work or 
•  any informal group of young people.  
 
In case of an informal group, one of the young people of the group (the 
representative of the group) takes responsibility for submitting the application and 
signing the grant agreement. 
 
The following number of partners is required: 
 
•  for Job Shadowing and Feasibility Visits: at least two partners involving at 
least two countries, of which at least one is an EU Member State; 
•  for Evaluation Meetings, Study Visits, Partnership-Building Activities, 
Seminars and Training Courses: at least four partners involving at least four 
countries, of which at least one is an EU Member State; 
•  for Networking: at least six partners involving at least six countries, of which 
at least one is an EU Member State. 
Participants 
All actors involved or interested in non-formal education and youth, residing in a 
Programme Country can participate in a project. For example, eligible actors might 
be people involved in youth policy at local or regional level or people working with 
youth such as youth workers, youth leaders, trainers/ facilitators, mentors/ coaches. 
The following number of participants is required: 
•  for Job Shadowing: up to 2 participants;  
•  for Feasibility Visits: up to 2 representatives per partner/organisation; 
•  for Evaluation Meetings, Study Visits, Partnership-Building Activities, 
Seminars and Training Courses: up to 50 participants (including trainers and 
facilitators) representing each partner/organisation in appropriate proportions. 
The appropriate number of participants depends on the nature and the type of 
the activity.   
Duration 
The appropriate duration of the activity may differ according to the type of activity 
organised. As a general rule, activities should not last more than 10 days, excluding 
travel days.  
For certain types of activities, a specific duration is foreseen: 
•  for Job Shadowing: 10 to 20 working days (excluding travel days); 
•  for Networking: up to 18 months. 
 
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Programme  
A well-structured programme and timetable for the project must be provided. It must 
be clearly linked to the objectives set out beforehand. 
Activities must be non-profit making. 
Place  
Except for networking projects, activities must take place in the country of the 
project’s applicant. 
  
Networking projects may take place in any of the countries of the partners involved 
in the project. 
What are the selection criteria? 
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B. 
What are the award criteria? 
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following 
elements: 
• 
quality of the programme and working methods proposed; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
 
Furthermore: 
 
Grants for Training and Networking Projects related to European youth work 
(objective 1) will be attributed to the projects reflecting in the best way themes 
related to the political priorities identified in the field of European youth policy22. 
 
Grants for Training and Networking Projects related to Youth in Action (objective 
2) will be attributed to the projects reflecting in the best way the general priorities of 
the Programme, i.e. participation of young people, cultural diversity, European 
citizenship and social inclusion. In addition, annual priorities may be fixed for the 
Youth in Action Programme and communicated on the Commission and National 
Agencies website and in the annex of the present Programme Guide. 
                                                 
22 For a reference on the latest developments on the European Cooperation in the Youth field, please see link below: 
http://ec.europa.eu/youth/whitepaper/post-launch/post_en_1_en.html 
 
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How to make a good project?  
Qualitative elements depend on the nature and structure of each of the supported 
activities. Notwithstanding some specific activity characteristics, the most important 
elements that are common to all activities are summarised below: 
Methodology 
A variety of non-formal education methods and techniques may be applied in order 
to address different needs of participants and desired outcomes.  In general terms, the 
project should be based on an intercultural learning process stimulating creativity, 
active participation and initiative. 
 
 
 
It should allow participants:  
•  to acquire self-confidence when confronted with new experiences, attitudes 
and behaviors;  
•  to acquire or cultivate skills, competences and knowledge contributing to  
social, professional or personal development; 
•  to prevent and combat prejudice, racism and all attitudes leading to social 
exclusion;  
•  to develop their sense of  tolerance and understanding of diversity. 
Learning objectives  
The project should set out clear and achievable learning objectives for the target 
group, in terms of acquiring transversal skills for personal, professional and social 
development.  
Programme  
The programme should be clearly defined, realistic, proportionate and balanced. It 
should be commonly developed by all partners and correspond to the objectives of 
the project and the needs of the participants. It should also aim to give an active role 
to the participants (e.g. leading working groups, contributing to discussions, running 
or reporting workshops).   
Preparation and evaluation  
Preparation and evaluation phases are essential for the smooth realisation of the 
activity and the full achievement of the preset objectives. Representatives of the 
project partners are, as an international team, jointly responsible for planning, 
carrying out, monitoring and evaluating the project. 
 
During the preparation stage, the project partners should reflect on division of tasks, 
programme activities, working methods, profile of participants, practical 
arrangements (venue, transfers, accommodations, support material, linguistic 
support). 
 
 
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Evaluation sessions should be organised before, during and after the activity.  
Evaluation prior to the undertaking of the activity should enable project partners to 
fine-tune the programme design. On-going evaluation sessions are important in order 
to receive feedback from participants and adapt the programme accordingly. The 
final evaluation should allow project partners and participants to assess whether the 
objectives of the activity have been achieved and the expectations of the participants 
have been met. The evaluation should also highlight the learning outcomes. 
 
Preparatory or evaluation meetings may be organised in order to better carry out 
these phases.   
Impact/Valorisation   
The impact of training, exchange and networking activities should not just be limited 
to the participants in the activity, but also be part of a long term process.  
 
Activities should be framed in a longer term perspective, and planned with a view to 
achieve a multiplying effect and sustainable impact on the development of youth 
work.  
 
Project results should not only be disseminated to participants, but reach a wider 
public. Project partners should make use of all opportunities to have appropriate 
media coverage (local, regional, national, international) for their activities, before 
and during their implementation.  
 
The dissemination and exploitation of projects’ results will optimise their value, 
strengthen their impact and ensure that the largest possible number of people and 
organisations benefit from them. This implies transferring outcomes towards the 
appropriate stakeholders and multiplying them on a larger scale. 
Visibility 
Projects should highlight the Community support (including through the use of 
European and Youth in Action logos) and provide a clear added promotional value 
for the Programme and its results. Also the organisations and participants involved in 
the projects should be made aware of their participation in the Youth in Action 
Programme.  
Who can apply?  
One of the partners in the Training and Networking Project acts as coordinating 
partner and applies on behalf of the partnership. Applications can be submitted by:: 
•  a non profit organisation or association or 
•  a local, regional or national public body involved in youth work or 
•  an informal group of young people.  
 
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How to apply? 
Applications to be sent to the National Agencies: 
For networking projects, any partner can assume the role of co-coordinator and apply 
on behalf of the partnership to its National Agency. 
For all other activities, applications must be submitted by the host organisation to its 
National Agency.  
Applications to be sent to the Executive Agency: 
European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs), which are based in one of the 
Programme Countries and have member branches in at least eight Programme 
Countries, must apply directly to the Executive Agency. 
How is the activity financed? 
 
 
The Community grant is based on the principle of co-funding, with other public 
and/or private contributions. The total project cost cannot be covered by the Youth 
in Action
 Programme alone. Therefore, the contributions of organisers and/or 
participants can be either in cash or in kind, or a combination of both. 
 
The Community grant is based on: 
•  actual travel and exceptional costs,  
•  fixed amounts for all other costs relating to project activities   
•  flat rates per participants – including trainers/facilitators. Flat rates are 
calculated per day, or per participant / per day. In these cases, the flat rate 
calculation is based on the number of activity days.  
 
The maximum fixed amounts and flat rates are indicated in the table “overview of 
funding rules” at the end of this section but may vary depending on the Programme 
Country in which the application is submitted.  
 
Fixed amounts and flat rates represent a contribution to project activities; they are not 
directly linked to any specific costs, they do not need to be accounted for, or 
justified. 
  
This funding mechanism is designed to help applicants estimate the size of the grant 
expected and facilitate realistic planning of the activity.  
 
Breakdown of the Community grant 
•  travel costs: 70% of actual costs 
•  food and lodging costs: flat rate per day per participant 
•  activity costs: Fixed amount  +  flat rate per participant 
•  training tools: fixed amount per day 
•  exceptional costs: actual costs covering visa, visa-related costs and 
vaccination costs, as well as costs related to participants with fewer 
opportunities/special needs. 
 
 
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Funding rules for Networking Activities are different. The grant contribution granted 
to Networking Activities is based on actual costs and must not be higher than 20.000 
€. The financial contribution may not exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs. 
 
For further information, see the funding rules overview at the end of this section. 
Exceptional costs 
Exceptional costs cover visa and visa-related costs as well as vaccination costs. 
 
All other exceptional costs are related to young people with fewer opportunities 
and/or with special needs. They may cover for example medical attendance, health 
care, additional linguistic training/support, additional preparation, special premises or 
equipment, additional accompanying person, additional personal expenses in the case 
of an economic disadvantage, translation/interpretation. They cannot cover bank 
loans interest. Up to 100% of exceptional costs can be supported by the grant, 
provided they are clearly linked to the implementation of the project, necessary and 
justified in the application form. All exceptional costs must be actual costs, properly 
supported and justified. 
What are the contractual obligations? 
Grant agreement 
Once the project has been approved, the beneficiary (coordinating partner) will 
receive a grant agreement that will govern the use of the Community funds. The 
beneficiary undertakes to fulfill its contractual obligations and to implement the 
project as set out in the application.  
 
Multi-Measure Financial Agreements 
 
A beneficiary who organises several Training and Networking projects over a period 
of 18 months can present one single project proposal characterised by the following 
structure:  
 
1) 
The proposal may combine between two and five activities of the same type 
(for example three Training Courses over the course of a year) or  
2) 
The proposal may combine between two and five activities of different types 
(for example one Evaluation Meeting, two Seminars and one Partnership-Building 
activity. 
 
On-site visits or audits may be carried out by the National Agency or the Education, 
Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency to check that all contractual obligations 
are being properly fulfilled.  
 
If, in the course of the project, unforeseen circumstances disrupt its implementation, 
the partners must immediately contact their National Agencies or the Education, 
Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, to make appropriate arrangements.  
 
 
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Failure to carry out the project as agreed could lead to the recovering of part of or the 
entire grant. 
What support is available for preparing and implementing a project?  
National Agencies and SALTO provide training, in particular through the Training 
and Cooperation Plans, for the preparation and implementation of a Training and 
Networking Project and tools aimed to increase the quality of projects. 
Youthpass  
Every participant in Training and Networking project is entitled to receive a 
Youthpass, which describes and validates the non-formal learning experience. 
Through the Youthpass the European Commission ensures that the experience with 
the Programme is recognised as an educational experience and a period of non-
formal learning and informal learning. 
 
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Youth in Action programme 
Sub-Action 4.3 – Training and Networking 
Overview of funding rules 
 
Activity 
Nature and scope  
Duration 
Partners 
Participants 
Job 
 
From 10 to 20 
 
 
 
shadowing   
working days 
 
 
Up to 2 participants 
 
(excluding travel 
At least 2 
 
 
days) 
Programme 
 
Feasibility 
 
countries, of which   
 
 
visits 
 
at least one is an EU   
Up to 2 representatives per 
 
 
member state 
 
partner/organisation 
Activities must respond to at  
 
least to one of the general 
 
Evaluation 
 
 
objectives established for this 
 
 
meeting 
 
 
 
 
 
sub-Action  
 
All actors involved or interested in non-
Up to 10 days.  
At least 4 
Up to 50 participants (including 
Study visit 
 
formal education and youth, legally 
(excluding travel 
Programme 
trainers and facilitators) 
 
Activities must be non-profit 
residing in a Programme country. For 
days) 
countries, of which 
representing  each 
Parnership- making 
example some eligible actors might be:  
The appropriate 
at least one is an EU 
partner/organisation in 
- people working with youth such as youth 
Building 
 
duration of the 
member state 
appropriate proportions.  The 
workers, youth leaders, trainers/ 
Activity 
Activities must take place in 
ideal number of participants 
activity may differ   
facilitators, mentors/ coaches, etc 
depend on the nature and the 
 
the country of the project's according to the 
 
- people involved in youth policy at local  type of the activity.   
Seminar 
applicant 
 
 
type of activity 
or regional level 
 
 
 
organised.  
 
 
Training 
 
 
 
 
Course 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Networking
 
Activities must take place in Up to 18 months 
At least 6 
any of the countries involved 
Programme 
in the project 
countries, of which 
  
at least one is an EU 
member state 
All figures are in euros  - Please note that all amounts are indicative can be adapted by National Agencies 
 
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Youth in Action programme 
Sub-Action 4.3 – Training and Networking 
Overview of funding rules 
 
Type of expense Eligibility of 
Basis for 
Amount  
Rule of allocation 
Use of Community grant 
Reporting obligations 
the expense 
funding 
 
All original documents to be kept for audit purposes 
according to 
for 5 years after completion of the project 
type of activity 
 
Travel costs from home to the 
All activities 
venue of the project. Use of the 
A.   Participants’   
70% travel costs 
Full justification of the costs incurred, copy of 
(except 
Actual costs 
Automatic 
cheapest means and fares 
       travel costs 
 
travel tickets / invoices 
networking) 
(APEX airfare, 2nd class train 
ticket) 
 
Results / achievements to be described in final 
 
Contribution to accommodation 
report 
B.    Food and      
€ 48/day 
All activities 
Flat rate 
Automatic 
costs and other costs during the  + recalculation on the basis of actual number of 
     lodging costs 
/participant 
(except 
project (e.g. insurance) 
participants and actual duration + signature list 
networking)  
of all participants 
 
a)Fixed amount 
€ 1 200 
 Study visit   


Results / achievements to be described in final 
 Seminar 
All other costs directly linked to 
report 
C.  Activity costs   Partnership-  
Automatic 
the realisation of the project 
+ recalculation on the basis of actual number of 
 building activity  
b) Flat rate 
€ 50/participant 
participants + signature list of all participants 
 Training   
 
 
Results / achievements to be described in final 
D.     Training    
Training  
Contribution to trainers’ fees 
Flat rate 
€ 350/day 
Automatic 
report 
            tools  
and training materials  
 
 
-Visa costs, visa-related costs 
 
and vaccination costs 
All activities 
Conditional: costs 
 
E.    Exceptional  
Full justification of the costs incurred, copies of 
(except 
Actual costs 
Up to 100% 
must be justified in 
- Costs directly related to 
            costs 
invoices / receipts 
networking) 
application form 
participants with fewer 
opportunities/special needs  
 
FUNDING RULES FOR NETWORKING ACTIVITIES: 
The community contribution granted to support Networking activities is based on actual costs and may not be higher than € 20.000.  The financial contribution may not exceed the 
50% of total eligible project costs. To be eligible, costs must be directly linked to the realisation of the activity and must be fully justified, by mean of invoices, at final report stage.   
 
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Action 4.4 – Projects encouraging innovation and quality   
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action?  
This sub-Action supports projects targeting the introduction, implementation and 
promotion of innovative and qualitative elements in non-formal education and youth 
work. These innovative aspects may relate: 
 
•  to the content and objectives, in line with the development of the framework 
of the European co-operation in the youth field and the priorities of the 
Youth in Action Programme;  
and/or 
•  to the methodology applied, bringing new ideas and approaches to the field 
of non-formal education and youth.  
What are the general selection criteria and how are projects funded?  
Eligible applications are assessed on the basis of eligibility and award criteria laid 
down in the call for proposals.  
 
The grant mechanism and funding rules will be defined in the text of the call for 
proposals.  
How to apply?  
This sub-Action is implemented at centralised level. Therefore proposals must be 
submitted directly to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in 
Brussels.  
 
Beneficiaries are selected on the basis of annual calls for proposals. For further 
information on application forms and deadlines, please visit the Commission website 
or contact the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. 
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Action 4.5 – Information activities for young people and those active in 
youth work and youth organisations  

What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action?  
This sub-Action supports information and communication, targeting young people by 
improving their access to relevant information and communication services in order 
to increase their participation in public life and facilitate the realisation of their 
potential as active, responsible citizens.  
 
This general objective shall notably be achieved by: 
 
•  supporting the development of the European Youth Portal and, at a later 
stage, by  
•  supporting European Youth Campaigns aimed at increasing the provision of 
quality information and the participation of young people in the preparation 
and dissemination of information.  
 
What is the European Youth Portal? 
The European Youth Portal has been launched following the recommendations of the 
Commission's White Paper "A new impetus for European Youth". Its aim is to give 
as many young people as possible quick and easy access to relevant youth related 
information on Europe. The ultimate objective of the Youth Portal is to enhance 
young people's participation in public life and to contribute to their active citizenship.  
 
Through this Action, the Commission will improve the quality and attractiveness of 
the Portal, with a view to increase the number of users and contribute to the 
achievement of the aims of the framework of European co-operation in the youth 
field. The European Commission is responsible for the development of the European 
Youth Portal in collaboration with the actors involved in its functioning, in particular 
the Eurodesk network and the European Youth Forum.       
What are the European Youth Campaigns? 
This sub-Action, to be developed at a later stage, will support activities based on 
transnational partnerships and actively involve young people in the production and 
dissemination of information in the field of youth.  
 
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Action 4.6 – Partnerships  
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action?  
This sub-Action is for the funding of partnerships with regional or local public 
bodies, in order to develop, over the long-term, projects which combine various 
measures of the Programme.  
 
Partnerships refer to relations based on shared interests and values, similar 
approaches and understanding in a given field, as well as dialogue and consultation 
between the European Union and regional or local public authorities. They also refer 
to an equal footing of the partners and not to a traditional donor-beneficiary relation. 
They are established with a long-term perspective and reflect a common strategic 
interest. This strategic interest is translated in joint objectives and activities, which 
bring about mutual benefit and require a joint contribution in order to finance and 
manage it. 
 
This sub-Action will bring the Programme’s institutions and regional and local 
public bodies together, taking into account the national perspective. The aim is to 
create a multiplying effect of European youth activities at regional and local level.  
 
These partnerships will develop the involvement of regional and local public bodies 
in European youth activities. 
 
Establishing partnerships will strengthen the impact of regional and local projects 
which combine various measures of the Programme. 
 
Regional and local public bodies will include civil society in the preparation and 
implementation of the partnerships. 
 
All activities must be in line with the general objectives and criteria of the 
Programme. 
The mutual benefits of partnerships can be summarised as follows: 
•  Increased policy and strategy dialogue between European and regional/local 
levels 
•  Increased effectiveness of European youth policy 
•  Increased trust 
•  Pooling of expertise and experience 
•  Pooling of resources 
•  Increased youth activities within existing horizontal partnerships 
•  Increased effectiveness and visibility of the Youth in Action Programme 
•  Increased European profile at regional and local levels 
 
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What types of activities are eligible?  
In order to achieve the above objectives, Action 4.6 will support projects combining 
activities included in at least two of the following Actions: 1, 2 and 4 of the Youth in 
Action
 Programme. 
Who are the partners and which are their roles? 
It is foreseen that, at a later stage, the Commission, the National Agencies and the 
regional and local public bodies will play the following roles to be defined in more 
detail. 
Commission (with the support of other Programme’s Institutions):  
-  will propose general shared objectives to regional and local partners 
-  will identify priorities in regional and local partnerships (according to needs 
analysis and youth indicators) 
-  will identify models and structure of the relationship (programme schemes, 
qualitative and quantitative indicators) 
-  will set quality standards, to be followed by regional and local public bodies in 
the implementation of the agreed activities.   
 
The Commission, in cooperation with National Agencies, identifies regional and 
local public bodies who will implement the partnerships. 
National Agencies:  
-  will cooperate with the Commission to identify regional and local public bodies 
who will implement the partnerships 
-  will contractualise partnerships with identified regional and local public bodies 
-  will monitor the implementation of the regional/local partnerships  
Regional and local public bodies:  
-  will implement the activities, according to a plan of activities and according to 
the quality standards, values and criteria set by the Commission 
-  will report to National Agencies 
-  will contribute to the costs arising from the partnership, within the co-financing 
scheme.  
 
This measure will be launched at a later stage.  
 
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Action 4.7 – Support for the structures of the Programme  
This sub-Action funds the structures provided for in Article 8(2) of the legal basis, in 
particular the National Agencies. The measure also provides funding for assimilated bodies, 
such as the SALTO Resource Centres and  the EURODESK.  
 
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Action 4.8 – Adding to the value of the Programme 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action?  
The Commission organises seminars, colloquia or meetings to facilitate the 
implementation of the Programme and undertakes appropriate information, 
publication and dissemination measures as well as Programme monitoring and 
evaluation. These activities are financed by means of grants, purchased by means of 
procurement procedures or organised and funded directly by the Commission. 
Networking meetings between former participants and National Agencies 
At European level, the Commission, with the support of the Executive Agency, may 
organise networking meetings to bring former participants of the same kinds of 
projects and National Agencies together.    
 
These networking meetings will, on the one hand, allow the exchange of good 
practice and give an added value to experiences undertaken at grassroots level, and 
on the other hand, they will represent a significant opportunity to elaborate 
dissemination products (reports, publications, studies, audiovisual and web material) 
to improve the visibility and information about the Programme’s Actions.  
 
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G.  Action 5 – Support for European 
cooperation in the youth field 

What are the aims of the Action? 
The aim of Action 5 – Support for European cooperation in the youth field - of the Youth in 
Action
  is to contribute to promote European cooperation in the youth field. 
 
This general objective shall be achieved by: 
•  encouraging the exchange of good practice and cooperation between administrations 
and policymakers at all levels; 
•  encouraging structured dialogue between policymakers and young people; 
•  improving knowledge and understanding of youth; 
•  contributing to the cooperation with international organisations active in the field of 
youth. 
What type of activities are eligible? 
In order to have appropriate tools to achieve the above objectives, three sub-Actions have 
been defined within Action 5 – Support for European cooperation in the youth field: 
 
5.1 – Meetings of young people and those responsible for youth policy 
5.2 – Support for activities to bring about better understanding and knowledge in the field of 
youth 
5.3 – Cooperation with international organisations 
 
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Action 5.1 – Meetings of young people and those responsible for youth 
policy  

What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action? 
The aim of this sub-Action is to promote European cooperation in the youth field by 
encouraging structured dialogue between policymakers and young people. 
 
This sub-Action supports cooperation, seminars and structured dialogue between 
young people, those active in youth work and youth organisations and those 
responsible for youth policy. This includes the youth events organised by the 
member states holding the Presidency of the European Union and youth events at 
local, regional, and national level preparing these Presidency events. 
What types of activity are eligible?  
•  Action 5.1. supports two types of activities: Transnational Youth Seminars that 
take place at the transnational level. They include, in particular, the exchange of 
ideas and good practice and the debates organised by young people, those active 
in youth work and youth organisations, reflecting important topics in the field of 
European youth policy, the priority themes of the Youth in Action Programme 
and of the structured dialogue 
•  National Youth Seminars that take place at national or regional level. They aim 
at ensuring timely and effective input from young people to EU debates and youth 
policy making at EU level. To this end they set up structured spaces for dialogue 
and debate, timed in accordance with the European political agenda.  
Note - what a Transnational Youth Seminar / National Youth Seminar is not! 
The following activities are NOT eligible for grants under Transnational Youth 
Seminars/National Youth Seminar: 
•  statutory meetings of organisations 
•  academic study trips 
•  holiday travel 
•  language courses 
•  performance tours 
•  seminars which aim to make financial profit 
•  work camps 
•  sports competitions 
•  festivals and other cultural activities 
 
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Transnational Youth Seminars 
What are the eligibility criteria?  
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B. 
 
Additional eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following: 
Participants 
Transnational Youth Seminars must have a minimum of 60 participants. Young 
people participating in a Youth Seminar must be aged between 15 and 30.  
 Partners 
 Transnational Youth Seminars must involve partners from at least five Programme 
Countries. 
 
Organisations based in Neighbouring Partner Countries can participate in a project, 
but can not submit the application.  
National groups should be balanced in terms of numbers of participants. The host 
country group’s size may be larger. 
Duration 
The duration of the project including preparation, implementation, evaluation and 
follow-up activity may last up to 9 months. 
 
The duration of the Transnational Youth Seminar must be between 3 and 6 days 
(excluding travel days). 
What are the selection criteria?  
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B. 
What are the award criteria?  
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following 
elements: 
 
• 
quality of the programme and working methods proposed; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
 
 
 
 
 
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Furthermore: 
 
Priority will be given to projects reflecting the general priorities of the programme, 
i.e. participation of young people, cultural diversity, European citizenship and social 
inclusion and to the priorities of the structured dialogue. 
Other priority themes of this sub-Action are the future of Europe and the political 
priorities identified in the framework of European cooperation in the youth field.  
In addition, annual priorities may be fixed for the Youth in Action Programme. 
These annual priorities of the Programme and of the structured dialogue are set out 
in the annex of the present Programme Guide. 
Who can apply? 
Any non-profit organisation or association established in one of the Programme 
Countries can submit projects under this sub-Action.  
How to apply? 
The host organisation submits its application on behalf of all partners to the National 
Agency based in the country where the Youth Seminar is supposed to take place. 
 
European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs), which are based in one of the 
Programme Countries and have member branches in at least eight Programme 
Countries, apply directly to the Executive Agency of the European Commission.  
National Youth Seminars 
What are the eligibility criteria?  
Please refer to the general eligibility criteria under section B. 
 
Additional eligibility criteria applying to this Action are the following: 
Participants 
National Youth Seminars must have a minimum of 60 participants. Young people 
participating in a Youth Presidency Seminar must be aged between 15 and 30.  
 Partners 
National Youth Seminars must involve at least one organisation from one EU 
Member State. No transnational partner organisations are required. 
Duration 
The duration of the project including preparation, implementation, evaluation and 
follow-up activity may last up to 9 months. 
 
The duration of the National Youth Seminar must be between 3 and 6 days 
(excluding travel days). 
 
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What are the selection criteria?  
Please refer to the general selection criteria under section B. 
What are the award criteria? 
The quality of the proposals will be evaluated taking into account the following 
elements: 
 
• 
quality of the programme and working methods proposed; 
• 
relevance of the learning objectives proposed; 
• 
European dimension of the project; 
• 
expected impact of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the visibility of the project; 
• 
measures envisaged for the valorisation and follow up of the project. 
 
Furthermore: 
 
Priority will be given to projects reflecting the general priorities of the structured 
dialogue described in the annex of the present Programme Guide 
Who can apply? 
Any national public body or non-profit organisation or association established in one 
of the EU Member States can submit projects under this sub-Action.  
How to apply? 
This sub-Action is managed at decentralised level for events taking place at national 
level, and at centralised level for events taking place at European level. Therefore, 
for events managed at centralised level, proposals must be submitted directly to the 
European Commission; for events managed at decentralised level, proposals must be 
submitted directly to National Agencies. For further information, please get in 
contact with DG Education and Culture or your National Agency. 
How to make a good Transnational or National Youth Seminar? 
Non-formal learning experience 
The project must contribute to the young people’s education process and increase 
their awareness of the European/international context in which they live. The 
projects should follow the principles of non-formal learning. 
Programme and working methods 
In planning a Youth Seminar, it is essential to establish a detailed and structured 
programme of daily activities. The daily programme and working methods must 
involve the participants as much as possible and trigger a learning process. The 
 
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methods can include plenary sessions and workshops or working groups, round-table 
discussions and presentations etc.  
Young people should be actively involved in the preparation, implementation and 
evaluation of the project. 
Child protection and safety  
Each Youth Seminar must foresee appropriate supervision of young people to ensure 
their protection and safety and also their effective learning. 
Visibility 
Youth Seminars must provide a clear added promotional value for the Youth in 
Action
 Programme and its results. 
Impact   
The impact of a Youth Seminar should not just be limited to the participants in the 
activity, but must have an impact at local, regional and national level and raise the 
awareness of the structured dialogue. The aim is to make optimal use of the project 
results and to achieve an impact in the long term (valorisation). 
 
How is a project financed? 
The Community grant is based on the principle of co-funding, which means that the total 
costs cannot be covered by Youth in Action alone. Therefore other public, private and/or 
own contributions in cash and/or in kind are needed. 
 
The Community grant is calculated on the basis of actual costs and may cover up to 60% of 
the total costs directly linked to the organisation of the project, up to €50.000.  
Contractual obligations 
Once the Youth Seminar has been approved, a grant agreement (contract) with the 
beneficiary will govern the use of the Community funds. The beneficiary undertakes 
to fulfill his contractual obligations and to justify all project costs actually incurred. 
The beneficiary must implement the project as set out in the application and ensure 
evaluation and follow-up of the project. 
On-site visits or audits might be carried out to check that all contractual obligations 
are being properly fulfilled.  
If, in the course of the project, unforeseen circumstances disrupt its implementation, 
the beneficiary must immediately contact the National Agency/Executive Agency of 
the Commission to make appropriate arrangements.  
Failure to carry out the project as agreed could lead to the recovering of part of the 
grant or of the entire grant. 
 
 
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Action 5.2 – Support for activities to bring about better understanding 
and knowledge of the field of youth 

What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action?  
This sub-Action allows the Commission to support specific projects for the 
identification of existing knowledge relating to the priorities for the field of youth 
established under the Open Method of Coordination. 
It also allows to support the development of methods for analysing and comparing 
the results of studies and guaranteeing their quality, and to develop the networks 
necessary to a better understanding of youth. 
 
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Action 5.3 – Cooperation with international organisations 
What are the aims and main characteristics of this sub-Action?  
This sub-Action is used to support the European Union’s cooperation with 
international intergovernmental organisations working in the youth field, in 
particular the Council of Europe, the United Nations or its specialised institutions. 
Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth 
(The Partnership) 
The general aim of the Partnership between the European Commission and the 
Council of Europe is to provide a framework for the joint development of co-
operation and a coherent strategy in the field of youth. 
 
The activities within the framework of the Partnership are organised and managed by 
the Partnership Secretariat which reports both to the Council of Europe and the 
European Commission.  
The Partnership implements a wide range of activities, e.g. conferences, workshops, 
meetings, seminars and publications in fields like European Citizenship, the quality 
and recognition of youth work, the better understanding and knowledge of youth, 
cultural diversity or youth policy development It manages the European Knowledge 
Centre for Youth Policy (EKCYP), a research database for youth policy across 
Europe.  
 
Further information on the Partnership's activities can be obtained from the 
Partnership Secretariat in Strasbourg (see list of contact details in the annex). 
The Partnership with the United Nations Volunteers 
A Partnership between the Commission and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) 
provides the context for a cooperation in the field of voluntary activities. This 
includes, for example, joint advocacy efforts and joint European Voluntary Service, 
etc.  
 
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H. Annex: Annual priorities 2007 
2007: European Year of Equal opportunities for all 
2007 will be the European year of Equal opportunities for all. In this framework, during this 
year, priority will be given to projects addressing the issue of discrimination based on 
grounds of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability or sexual orientation. 
A special emphasis will be given to projects tackling the various ways in which men and 
women experience discrimination from a gender perspective.  
Improving young people’s health 
Based on the Commission’s Communication “European policies concerning youth: 
addressing the concerns of young people in Europe – implementing the European Youth 
Pact and promoting active citizenship” of 30 May 2005 physical activities and healthy 
behaviour of young people will be a priority for Youth in Action in 2007. 
Projects should not be sports events or competitions, but should use physical and outdoor 
activities as tools to achieve the Programme's general objectives. 
Structured dialogue 
Projects funded under Action 5.1 of the Youth in Action Programme will reflect the 
priorities of the structured dialogue: 
•  In 2007: Social inclusion and diversity 
•  In 2008: Intercultural dialogue 
 
 
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Glossary 
 
Some of the terms used are specific to the Youth in Action Programme or have a specific meaning in 
European terms. The following are some basic definitions of terminology: 
 
Eastern Europe and Caucasus: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine. 
 
EFTA/EEA countries
 – the three countries which are members of the European Free Trade Association and 
of the European Economic Area: Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland. 
 
ENGO – European non-governemental organisation based in one of the Programme Countries and with 
member branches in at least eight Programme Countries. 
 
ENGYO
 – European non-governmental youth organisation based in one of the Programme Countries and 
with member branches in at least eight Programme Countries. 
 
Eurodesk
 – a European network of relays providing information relevant to young people and those who 
work with them on European opportunities in the education, training and youth fields, and the involvement 
of young people in European activities: http://www.eurodesk.org. 
 
Euro-Med – 
the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Programme, which involves the EU Member States and 
Mediterranean Partner Countries. 
 
Executive Agency
 – The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is responsible for the 
implementation of the centralised Actions of the Youth in Action Programme. It is in charge of the complete 
life cycle of these projects. 
 
Mediterranean Partner Countries – the non-EU countries located on or near the Mediterranean Sea that 
are participating in the EuroMed Youth Programme. 
 
Member States
 – the countries that are members of the European Union 
 
National Agencies
 – structures established by the national authorities in each Programme Country in order 
to assist the European Commission with management and to assume responsibility for implementation of 
most of the Youth in Action Programme.  
 
Neighbouring Partner Countries - The Russian Federation and the countries participating in the European 
Neighbourhood Policy23 and in the Stabilisation and Association process. 
  
Partner Countries - an expression which identifies all countries which can be involved in the Programme 
but which are not ‘Programme Countries’ 
 
Pre-accession (or candidate) countries – countries which have applied for European Union membership 
and participate fully in all actions having met the conditions envisaged as necessary in view to 
implement the Programme at national level. 
 
Programme Countries – EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries and pre-accession countries. They can 
participate fully in all actions (see list of countries in section B.2). 
 
SALTO Resource Centres
 – SALTO stands for “Support and Advanced  Learning and Training 
Opportunities”. These are structures established within the Youth in Action Programme to provide training 
and information for youth organisations and National Agencies: http://www.salto-youth.net. 
                                                 
23 Having signed agreements with the European Community relevant to the youth field. 
 
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The Partnership – the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe fosters the 
active citizenship of young people by giving impetus to training and research activities in this field: 
http://www.youth-partnership.net. 
 
*  *  * 
 
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List of contact details 
 
 
 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION 
 
Directorate-General for Education and Culture  
(DG EAC) 
Unit D2: Youth Programmes  
Unit D1: Youth policies 
B – 1049 Brussels 
 
Tel: +32 2 299 11 11 
Fax: +32 2 295 76 33 
 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website:  http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.html 
 
______________ 
 
Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency 
Youth Department 
Rue Colonel Bourg 139  
B-1140 Brussels 
 
Tel: +32 2 29 97824 
Fax+32 2 29 21330 
 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website: http://eacea.cec.eu.int 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
European Youth Portal 
A dynamic and interactive Portal in 20 languages for young people 
 
 http://europa.eu/youth/ 
 
 
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link to page 1 filename www.jeunesseenaction.fr National Agencies in the Programme Countries 
 
 
BĂLGARIJA24 
DEUTSCHLAND25 
Youth Programme  
JUGEND für Europa  
Ministry of Youth and Sports 
Deutsches Agentur für das EU-Aktionsprogramm JUGEND IN 
 75 Vassil Levski Blvd. 
AKTION 
BG – 1040 Sofia 
Godesberger Allee 142-148 
Tel: (359-2) 981 75 77 
D-53175 Bonn 
Fax: (359-2) 981 83 60 
Tel: (49 228) 950 62 20 
E-mail: [email address] 
Fax: (49 228) 950 62 22 
Website: http://www.youthprog.bg 
E-mail: [email address] 
 
Website: http://www.webforum-jugend.de 
 
BELGIQUE25 
EESTI 
Communauté française 
Foundation Archimedes Estonian National Agency for YOUTH 
Bureau International Jeunesse (BIJ) 
Programme 
Rue du commerce, 20-22 
Koidula 13A, 5th floor 
B – 1000 Bruxelles 
EE - 10125 Tallinn 
Tel: (32) 02.219.09.06 
Tel: (372) 697 92 36 
Fax: (32) 02 218 81 08 
Fax: (372) 697 92 26 
E-mail: [email address], jpe@cfwb.be 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website:  http://www.lebij.be 
Website: http://euroopa.noored.ee 
 
 
BELGIE 
ELLAS 
Vlaamse Gemeenschap 
General Secretariat for Youth 
JINT v.z.w. 
Hellenic National Agency 
Grétrystraat 26 
417 Acharnon Street 
B – 1000 Brussel 
GR - 11 143 Athens 
Tel: (32) 02 209 07 20 
Tel: (30) 210 259 94 02 
Fax: (32) 02 209 07 49 
Fax: (30) 210 253 18 79 
E-mail: [email address] 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website: http://www.jint.be 
Website: http://www.neagenia.gr 
 
BELGIEN25 
ESPAÑA25 
Deutschschprachige Gemeinschaft 
Instituto de la Juventud 
Jugendbüro der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft 
c/ José Ortega y Gasset 71 
Quartum Center, Hütte 79/16 
E – 28006 Madrid 
B-4700 Eupen 
Tel: (34 91) 363 77 40  
Tel: (32) 87 56 09 79 
Fax: (34 91) 363 76 87 
Fax: (32) 87 56 09 44 
E-mail: e-mail: [email address]; [email address]  
E-mail:   [email address]  
Website: http://www.injuve.mtas.es  
Website:  http://www.jugendbuero.be 
 
ČESKÁ REPUBLIKA25 
FRANCE 
Česká národní agentura “Mládež” 
Agence française du Programme Européen Jeunesse en Action 
Czeck National Agency Youth 
(Afpeja)- INJEP 
Na Poříčí 12  
11 rue Pau Leplat 
CZ – 11530 Praha 1 
78160  Marly-le-Roi France 
Tel: (420) 2 248 722 80/3 
Tél. : 33(0)1 39 17 27 70 
Fax: (420) 2 248 722 80 
Fax : 33(0)1 39 17 27 57 
E-mail: [email address] 
E-mail : [email address] 
Website: http://www.youth.cz 
Website : www.jeunesseenaction.fr 
  
                                                 
24 Current Agency for the YOUTH Programme, Agency for the Youth in Action Programme to be designated.  
 
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link to page 1 filename www.euf.is DANMARK 
IRELAND-EIRE 
CIRIUS - Youth Unit 
LEARGAS - The Exchange Bureau  
Fiolstræde 44 
Youth Work Service 
DK – 1171 Kobenhavn K 
189-193 Parnell Street  
Tel: (45) 33 95 70 00 
IRL – Dublin 1 
Fax: (45) 33 95 70 01 
Tel: (353 1) 873 14 11 
E-mail: [email address] 
Fax: (353 1) 873 13 16 
Website: http://www.ciriusonline.dk 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website: http://www.leargas.ie/youth 
ISLAND 
LUXEMBOURG25 
Evrópa unga fólksins 
Service National de la Jeunesse 
Laugavegur 170-172 Reykjavik 105 
Agence Nationale du programme communautaire Jeunesse 
Phone +354-551-9300 
26, place de la Gare 
Fax +354-551-9393 
L – 1616 Luxembourg 
E-mail: [email address] 
Tel: (352) 478 64 76 
Website: www.euf.is 
Fax: (352) 26 48 31 89 
 
E-mail: [email address] 
 
Website: http://www.snj.lu/europe 
 
ITALIA25 
MAGYARORSZÁG 
Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali - 
FSZH - Mobilitás Országos Ifjúsági Szolgálat 
Dipartimento delle Politiche Sociali e Previdenziali – 
1089 Budapest Kálvária tér 7 
Direzione Generale per il volontariato, associazionismo  Tel: +36 1 374 90 60 
sociale e le politiche giovanili 
Fax: +36 1 374 90 70 
Agenzia Nazionale Italiana Gioventù 
E-mail: nemzetkozi @mobilitas.hu 
Via Fornovo 8 – Pal. A 
Website: www.mobilitas.hu  
I – 00192 Roma 
 
Tel: (39) 06 36 75 44 33  
Fax: (39) 06 36 75 45 27 
E-mail: [email address], 
[email address] 
Website: http://www.gioventu.it 
 
KYPROS 
MALTA25 
Neolaia yia tin Evropi 
Malta Youth National Agency 
Cyprus Youth National Agency 
European Union Programmes Unit – Room 215 
62 Aglantzia Ave. 
c/o Ministry of Education – Old Mint Street, 36 
2108 Aglantzia 
MT-Valletta VLT12  
Cyprus 
Tel: (356) 21 255 663/ 255 087 
Tel: (357) 22 45 24 75 
Fax: (356) 21 231 589 
Fax: (357) 22 45 24 76 
E-mail: [email address] 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website : www.youthmalta.org 
 
 
LATVIJA25 
NEDERLAND 
Agency For International Programs For Youth 
Netherlands Youth Institute 
Jaunatne Eiropai 
P.O. Box 19211 
Merkela 11- 531  
NL - 3501 DE Utrecht 
LV – 1050 Riga 
Tel: (31) 30 230 65 50 
Tel: (371) 735 80 65 
Fax: (31) 30 230 65 40 
Fax: (371) 735 80 60 
E-mail:  europa@nji.nl 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website: www.programmajeugd.nl 
Website: http://www.jaunatne.gov.lv 
 
 
LIECHTENSTEIN
25 
NORGE25 
‘aha’ Tipps und Infos für Junge Leute 
BUFDIR (Barne-, ungdoms og familiedirektoratet) 
Bahnhof, Postfach 356 
Universitetsgata 7 
FL – 9494 Schaan 
Postboks 8113 Dep 
Tel: (423) 232 48 24  
N – 0032 Oslo 
Fax: (423) 232 93 63 
Tel: (47) 24 04 40 00 
E-mail:  [email address] 
Fax: (47) 24 04 40 01 
Website: http://www.aha.li 
E-mail: [email address] 
 
Website: http://www.ungieuropa.no 
 
 
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LIETUVA25 
ÖSTERREICH 
Jaunimo tarptautinio bendradarbiavimo agentūra 
Interkulturelles Zentrum 
Agency of International Youth Cooperation 
Bacherplatz 10 
Pylimo, 9-7 
A-1050 Wien 
LI –0118Vilnius 
Tel.:0043/1/586 75 44 -16 
Tel: (370) 5 2 497 004/003 
Fax:0043/1/586 75 44 -9 
Fax: (370) 5 2 497 005 
Mail: [email address] 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website: http://www.iz.or.at/ 
Website: http://www.jtba.lt 
 
 
 
POLSKA 
SUOMI – FINLAND25 
Narodowa Agencja Programu MLODZIEZ 
Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) 
Ul. Mokotowska 43, IV p. 
Säästöpankinranta 2A 
PL – 00 551 Warsaw 
PO BOX 343 
Tel: (48 22) 622 37 06 / 628 60 14 
FIN – 00531 Helsinki 
Fax: (48 22) 622 37 08 / 628 60 17 
Tel: +358 207 868 500 
E-mail: [email address] 
Fax: + 358 207 868 601 
Website: http://www.youth.org.pl 
E-mail: [email address] 
 
Website: http://www.cimo.fi 
 
 
PORTUGAL25 
ROMANIA25 
Agência Nacional para o Programa 
National Agency for Community Programmes in the Field of 
JUVENTUDE – IPJ  
Education and Vocational Training 
Avenida da Liberdade 194-6° 
133, Calea Serban Voda, 3rd Floor, 4th District 
P – 1269-051 Lisboa 
RO-040205 Bucharest 
Tel: (351) 21 317 94 04 
Tel : +4021  20 10 700 
Fax: (351) 21 317 93 99 
Fax : +4021 31 21 682 
E-mail:  [email address] 
E-mail  [email address]  
Website: www.programajuventude.pt 
Website  http://www.anpcdefp.ro 
SVERIGE25 
SLOVENIJA25 
 Ungdomsstyrelsen 
Movit Na Mladina  
Magnus Ladulasgatan 63A 
Dunajska, 22 
Box 17 801 
SI - 1000 Ljubljana 
SE– 118 94 Stockholm 
Tel: (386) 1 430.47.47 
Tél.: +46-8-566.219.00 
 
Fax: (386) 1 430.47.49 
Fax: +46-8-566.219.98 
E-mail: [email address]  
E-mail: [email address] 
Website: http://www.mladina.movit.si 
Website: http://www.ungdomsstyrelsen.se 
 
 
SLOVENSKA REPUBLIKA
25 
TÛRKIYE 
IUVENTA 
Centre for EU Education and Youth programmes 
Narodna kancelaria MLADEZ / National Agency 
Youth Department 
YOUTH  
Hüseyin Rahmi Sokak No.2 
Búdková cesta 2 
Çankaya 
SK – 811 04 Bratislava 
TR-06680 Ankara 
Tel: (421) 2 592 96 301 
Tel. (90-312) 409 61 31 
Fax: (421) 2 544 11 421 
Fax (90-312) 409 60 09 
E-mail: [email address] 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website: http://www.iuventa.sk 
Website: www.ua.gov.tr 
 
UNITED KINGDOM25 
 
Connect Youth 
Education and Training Group 
The British Council 
10, Spring Gardens 
London SW1A 2BN 
United Kingdom 
Tel. (44) 20 73 89 40 30 
Fax (44) 20 73 89 40 33 
E-mail: [email address] 
Website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/connectyouth.htm 
 
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SALTO Resource Centres 
 
SALTO TRAINING AND COOPERATION 
SALTO SOUTH EAST EUROPE RESOURCE 
RESOURCE CENTRE 
CENTRE - SLOVENIA 
c/o JUGEND für Europa- Deutsche Agentur für das EU-
MOVIT NA MLADINA 
Programm JUGEND IN AKTION 
Dunajska, 22 
Godesberger Allee 142-148 
SI - 1000 Ljubljana 
D - 53175 BONN 
Tél.: +386-1-430.47.47 
Tél.: +49-228-950.62.71 
Fax: +386-1-430.47.49 
Fax: +49-228-950.62.22 
E-mail: [email address]  
E-mail: [email address]   
Website: http://www.salto-youth.net/see/ 
Website : http://www.salto-
youth.net/trainingandcooperation 
 
SALTO INCLUSION RESOURCE CENTRE 
SALTO EASTERN EUROPE & CAUCASUS 
JINT v.z.w. 
RESOURCE CENTRE - POLAND 
Grétrystraat  26 
Polish National Agency of the Youth Programme 
B - 1000 Brussel 
Foundation for the development of the Education system 
Tél.: +32-2-209.07.20 
Ul. Mokotowska 43. 
Fax: +32-2-209.07.49 
PL - 00-551 Warsawa 
E-mail: [email address] 
Tél.: 
+48-22-622.37.06 / +48-22-628.60.14 
Website : http://www.salto-youth.net/inclusion/  
Fax: +48-22-622.37.08/ 
+48-22-621.62.67 
E-mail: [email address]  
Website: http://www.salto-youth.net/eeca/ 
 
SALTO CULTURAL DIVERSITY RESOURCE 
SALTO PARTICIPATION RESOURCE CENTRE 
CENTRE – UNITED KINGDOM 
Bureau International de la Jeunesse (BIJ) 
Connect Youth International 
Rue du commerce, 20-22 
The British Council 
B - 1000 Bruxelles 
10, Spring Gardens 
Tél.: +32-2-227.52.82 
UK – SW1A 2BN London 
Fax: +32-2-548.38.89 
Tél.: +44-(0)-20.7389.40.28 
E-mail: [email address]    
Fax: +44-(0)-20.7389.40.30 
Website : http://www.salto-youth.net/participation  
E-mail: [email address]   
 
Website: http://www.salto-youth.net/diversity/ 
 
 
 
SALTO INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTRE -  
SALTO EUROMED RESOURCE CENTRE 
Ungdomsstyrelsen/National Board for Youth Affairs 
INJEP – Programme Jeunesse 
Magnus Ladulasgatan 63A 
Parc du Val Flory - 11 rue Paul Leplat 
Box 17 801 
F - 78160 Marly-le-Roi 
SE– 118 94 Stockholm 
Tél.: +33-1-.39.17 
-2594/-2600/-2755 
Tél.: +46-8-566.219.00 
 
Fax: +33-1-39.17.27. 
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Fax: +46-8-566.219.98 
E-mail: [email address]  
 
Website : http://www.salto-youth.net/euromed/   
and  
 
Mobilitás International Directorate 
Amerikai út 96 
H - 1145 Budapest 
Tél.: +36-1-273.42.93/273.42.95 
Fax: +36-1-273.42.96 
E-mail: [email address]  
Website : http://www.salto-youth.net/IRC/  
 
 
 
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Eurodesk 
 
AUSTRIA25  
ESTONIA26 
NEDERLAND26 
ARGE Österreichische Jugendinfos 
European Movement in Estonia  
Netherlands Youth Institute 
Lilienbrunngasse 18/2/41 
Estonia pst. 5 
P.O. Box 19211 
A – 1020 Wien 
EE - 10 143 Tallinn 
NL - 3501 DE Utrecht 
Tél.: +43.699 
120.05.183 
Tél.: +372 
693 
5235 
Tél.: +31-30-230.65.30 
Fax: +43.1.216.48.44 

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Fax: 
+372 6 935 202 
Fax: +31-30-230.65.40 
E-mail: [email address]  
E-mail: [email address]  
E-mail:  eurodesknl@nji.n
Website : http://www.jugendinfo.cc   
Website : http://www.eurodesk.ee  
Website : 
http://www.euroopaliikumine.ee  
http://www.programmajeugd.nl  
 
http://www.nizw.nl  
 
BELGIQUE26 
FRANCE26 
NORGE26 
Bureau International Jeunesse (B.I.J.) 
CIDJ 
Eurodesk Norway 
Rue du commerce, 20-22 
101 quai Branly 
BUFDIR - Barne-, undgoms- og 
B - 1000 Bruxelles 
F - 75015 Paris 
familiedirektoratet  
Tél.: +32-2-227.52.88 
Tél.: 
+33 1 44 49 13 20 
Universitetsgaten 7, 6th floor 
Fax: +32-2-218.81.08 
   
+33 6 84 81 84 51 
P.O.Box 8113 Dep. 
E-mail:  
Fax: 
+33 1 40 65 02 61 
N – 0032 Oslo 
Website: http://www.lebij.be 
E-mail:[email address]  
Tél.: +47.24.04 
40 
20 
Website :  http://www.cidj.com 
Fax: 
+47.24 04 40 01 
 
E-mail:  [email address]   
Website :  http://www.eurodesk.no 
 
 
 
BELGIE26 
HUNGARY26 
POLAND26 
JINT v.z.w. 
Mobilitas Informacios Szolgalat / 
Polish National Agency of the Youth 
Grétrystraat  26 
Mobilitas Information Service 
Programme 
B - 1000 Brussel 
Zivatar U. 1-3.  
Foundation for the development of the 
Tél.: +32-2-209.07.20 
H-1024 Budapest 
Education system 
Fax: +32-2-209.07.49 
Tél.: +36-1-438.10.52 
Ul. Mokotowska 43. 
E-mail:  [email address] 
Fax: +36-1-438.10.55 
PL - 00-551 Warsawa 
Website : http://www.jint.be 
E-mail: [email address] 
Tél.: +48-22-622.37.06 
Website : http://www.mobilitas.hu  
Fax: +48-22-622.37.08 
http:// www.eurodesk.hu  
E-mail: [email address]  
 
Website: http://ww.eurodesk.pl  
 
 
 
 
BELGIEN26 
ICELAND26 
PORTUGAL26 
JIZ St. Vith - Jugendinformationszentrum 
Gamla apótekið 
RNIJ Central – Departamento de 
Hauptstrasse 82 
Hafnarstræti 18 
Informação aos Jovens  
B-4780 St.Vith 
IS- 400 Isafjordur 
Avenida da Liberdade 194 R/c 
Tél.:  
+32-80-221.567 
Tél.: +354 
450.80.05 
P – 1269-051 Lisboa 
Fax:   
+32-80-221.566 
Fax: +354 
450.80.08 
Tél.: +351.21.317.92.35/6 
E-mail: [email address] 
E-mail: [email address] 
Fax: +351.21.317.92.19 
Website :  http://www.rdj.be/jiz  
Website : http://www.isafjordur.is  
E-mail: [email address] 
 
Website : http://www.ipj.pt 
 
 
 
BULGARIA26 
IRELAND26 
SLOVAK REPUBLIK26 
Eurodesk Bulgaria 
Léargas – The Exchange Bureau 
IUVENTA – Národná kancelária 
75 Vassil Levski bvld  
Youth Work Service  
MLÁDEZ 
BG - 1040 Sofia 
189-193 Parnell Street 
Búdková cesta 2.  
Tél.: 
+359 2 981 75 77 
IRL – Dublin 1 
SK - 811 04 Bratislava 
Fax: 
+359 2 981 83 60 
Tél.: +353-1-873.14.11 
Tél.: +421-2-592 
96 
300 
E-mail: [email address] 
Fax: +353-1-873.13.16 
Fax: +421-2-544 
11 
421 
 
E-mail: [email address]  
E-mail: [email address]  
Website : http://www.leargas.ie/eurodesk  Website : http://www.iuventa.sk  
 
 
 
                                                 
25 Current Eurodesk for the YOUTH Programme, Eurodesk for the Youth in Action Programme to be designated. 
 
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ITALIA26 
SLOVENIA26 
EURODESK 
Coordinamento Nazionale 
National Agency of Youth Programme  
CNA YOUTH / NIDM MSMT  
Eurodesk Italy 
MOVIT NA MLADINA 
Na Porici 12 
Via 29 Novembre,49  
Dunajska cesta 22 
CZ - 115 30  Praha 1 
I - 09123 Cagliari 
SI - 1000 Ljubljana 
Tel./fax: +420 224 872 886 
Tél.: 
+ 39 070 68 4064 
Tél.: +386-1-430.47.48 
 
E-mail: [email address] 
N° Verde:  800-257330 
Fax: +386-1-430.47.49 
 
Website: www.eurodesk.cz 
Fax: 
+39 070 68 3283 
E-mail: [email address] 
 
E-mail: [email address]  
Website : 
Website : http://www.eurodesk.it  
http://www.mladina.movit.si/eurodesk 
 
 
 
DENMARK26 
LATVIA26 
SUOMI – FINLAND26 
CIRIUS  
Eurodesk Latvija 
Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) 
Fiolstræde 44 
Merkela St. 11, room 533  
EU Youth Programme / Eurodesk 
DK – 1171 Copenhagen K 
LV - 1050 Riga , Latvia 
Hakaniemenkatu 2,  
Tél.: 
+45-33-95 70 17 
Tél.: +371-722.18.75 
PO BOX 343 
Fax: 
+45-33-95 70 01 
Fax: +371-722.22.36 
FIN – 00531  Helsinki 
E-mail: [email address]  
E-mail: [email address]   
Tél.: +358-9-7747.76.64 
Website : http://www.udiverden.dk  
Website : http://www.yfe.lv/eurodesk 
Fax: +358-9-7747.70.64 
  
E-mail: [email address]  
Website : http://www.cimo.fi  
http://www.maailmalle.net  
 
DEUTSCHLAND26 
LIECHTENSTEIN26 
SVERIGE26 
Eurodesk Deutschland 
Aha - Tipps und infos für Junge Leute 
Centrum för Internationellt 
c/o IJAB e. V. 
Eurodesk Liechtenstein 
Ungdomsutbyte 
Godesberger Allee 142-148 
Bahnhof, Postfach 356 
Ludvigsbergsgatan 22 
D - 53175 BONN 
FL - 9494 Schaan 
S - 118 23 Stockholm 
Tél.: 
+49 228 9506 250 
Tél.: +423-232.48.24 
Tél.: +46-8-440.87.85 
Fax: 
+49 228 9506 199 
Fax: +423.232.93.63 
Fax: +46-8-20.35.30 
E-mail:  [email address]  
E-mail: [email address]  
E-mail: [email address]  
Website : http://www.eurodesk.de  
Website : http://www.aha.li 
Website: http://www.ciu.org 
 
 
 
 
ELLAS26 
LITHUANIA26 
UNITED KINGDOM26 
General Secretariat for Youth 
Council of Lithuanian Youth 
YouthLink Scotland 
Hellenic National  Agency  
Organisations  
Rosebery House 
417 Acharnon Street 
Didzioji 8-5  
9 Haymarket Terrace 
GR - 11 1 43 Athens 
LT – 01128 Vilnius 
UK - Edinburgh EH12 5EZ 
Tél.: +30.210.259.9300/ 
94.21 
Tél.: 
+370 5 2791014 
Tél.: +44-(0)-131-313.24.88 
Fax: +30.210.253.1879 
Fax: 
+370 5 2791280 
Fax: +44-(0)-131-313.68.00 
E-mail: [email address] 
E-mail: [email address]  
E-mail : [email address]  
Website: http://www.neagenia.gr  
Website : http://www.eurodesk.lt    
Website: http://www.youthlink.co.uk 
 
 

 
  
ESPAÑA26 
 LUXEMBOURG26 
Eurodesk Spain 
Centre Information Jeunes 
Instituto de la Juventud 
Galerie Kons 
 c/ José Ortega y Gasset, 71 
26, place de la Gare 
E – 28006 Madrid 
L – 1616 Luxembourg 
Tél.: +34 
91 
363.76.05 
Tél.: +352 
26293219 
Fax: +34 
91 
309.30.66 
Fax: 
+352 26 29 3215 
E-mail: [email address]  
Website :   http://www.youthnet.lu  
Website : http://www.mtas.es/injuve  
http://www.cij.lu 
 
 
 
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The Partnership between the European Commission and the 
Council of Europe 
 
 
European Commission 
Youth Policies 
 
B-1049 Brussels – Belgium 
 
Tel: (32) 2 299 11 11 
 
 Website : http://ec.europa.eu/youth 
 
 
 
 
Council of Europe 
Directorate of Youth and Sport  
“The Partnership” 
 
30 Rue de Coubertin 
F – 67000 Strasbourg Cedex 
 
Tel: + 33 3 88 41 23 00 
Fax: + 33 3 88 41 27 77/78 
 
Website : www.coe.int/youth 
 
Email: [email address]  
 
 
 
Websites: 
 
Partnership portal: www.youth-partnership.net   
Training Partnership website: http://www.training-youth.net  
European Knowledge Centre:  www.youth-knowledge.net 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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