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13.12.07 – New version of the Youth in Action Programme Guide
A new version of the Programme Guide will be valid as of 1 January 2008, which will replace the current version.
The Programme Guide is a tool for anybody who would like to participate in the Youth in Action Programme. It includes the necessary information about the priorities, actions and main features of the Programme as well as the criteria and conditions on how to participate.
Anybody willing to submit an application for funding is invited to read it carefully in order to understand the Programme's objectives and criteria, and to identify the types of projects that can be supported by the Programme.
The new version is currently available in English only. Translations into all other official languages are being preapared and will be published on this website as soon as they are ready.
13.12.07 – Translation of qualifications
Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, launched the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) at a conference in Lisbon on 26-27 November.
Jan Figel’ explained its significance: “People in Europe too often face obstacles when they try to move from one country to another to learn or work. They sometimes also face obstacles when they want to move from one part of their own country's education system to another, e.g. from vocational education and training to higher education. The EQF will make different qualifications more easily readable between different European countries".
13.12.07 – Africa-Europe Youth Summit
The Africa-Europe Youth Summit took place in Lisbon, Portugal (4-7 December 2007). The aims were to increase young people’s participation, and to influence the youth policy in the Euro–African Cooperation.
Timed to coincide with the EU-Africa Heads of State Summit (Lisbon, 4-7 December), this event brought together 200-250 young people from youth organisations on both continents. The Summit addressed various thematic areas including health, education, employment, globalization, inter-cultural dialogue and human rights.
29.11.07 –EU Member States agree to strengthen co-operation on volunteering
Education, youth and culture ministers adopted a Council Resolution on 16.November 2007 in which they pledged to co-operate more closely on the common objectives in the field of youth volunteering agreed in 2004.
29.11.07 – A transversal approach to youth policy
The Council of youth ministers on 16 November 2007 adopted conclusions on a transversal approach to youth policy, with a view to enabling young people to fulfil their potential and participate actively in society.
20.09.07 - European Youth Event in Portugal
14.09.07 - Impact of the White Paper on European Youth Policies
Did the White Paper on Youth serve any purpose? Pierre Mairesse, director of youth in the European Commission, replies with a firm "yes". This article summarises the history of European cooperation on youth policies over the past 15 years, shows some of its achievements and identifies some challenges for the years to come.
12.09.07 - Call for Proposals
Action 4.1. Support for bodies active at European level in the field of youth
05.09.07 - Communication from the Commission: Promoting young people's full participation in education, employment and society
The Commission has adopted the Communication "Promoting young people's full participation in education, employment and society". It is a reaction to demographic ageing in Europe and to the difficulties young people encounter on the labour market. The Communication stresses the need for a cross-cutting approach to youth issues in order to enhance young people's active participation in education, employment and in society. The Commission proposes to reinforce the partnership between EU institutions and youth representatives and to prepare in future every three years an EU report on youth. Other concrete proposals include the launch of a consultation and an impact assessment on voluntary activities of young people, of a pilot initiative "Your first job abroad", of a charter on internships and of a study on access of young people to culture. The Communication is accompanied by two analytical documents
- on youth volunteering and on youth unemployment.
Ratified Memorandum on Turkey's participation in Youth in Action
The Memorandum of Understanding between the European Community and the Republic of Turkey on the participation of Turkey in the Youth in Action programme and in the action programme in the field of lifelong learning, signed on 30 May 2007, entered into force on 3 July. It takes effect from 1 January 2007.
26.06.07 - Investing in Youth: an empowerment strategy
Youth has featured on the EU agenda for many years and a consensus exists on the need to take action to help young people with education, employment and civic participation. This report, written by members of Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) of the European commission, suggests there is a need to create a new political momentum to stress the timely importance of investing in youth from childhood and further enhance the coherence between Community and Member States� actions. The report insists on the role of having a life-cycle approach when dealing with human and social capital.
06.06.07 - European Youth Week - Brussels, 3 - 6 June 2007
The conclusions of the working groups participating at the Youth in action! event held in Brussels.
06.06.07 - Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament in Berlin, 26 May - 3 June 2007
First meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament in Berlin some 100 young people from both sides of the Mediterranean met in Berlin from 26 May to 3 June to experience active participation by taking part in the first meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament.
01.06.07 - European Youth Week 2007, 3-1O June 2007 The third European Youth Week will take place during the week 3-10 June. There will be EYW activities in most European Countries, in addition to an international event in Brussels. The aim of the European Youth Week 2007 is to promote the Youth in Action Programme and European Youth Policies and to contribute to the dialogue between policy makers and young people. The general theme of the week is "Social Inclusion and diversity of all young people in Europe."
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01.06.07 - EUROBAROMETER ON YOUTH On the eve of the launch of the European Youth Week 2007, the European Commission has published a Flash Eurobarometer survey on Youth. The survey involved 19.000 young Europeans between 15 and 30 years of age. This Flash Eurobarometer is the first such survey of young people in all 27 Member States of the EU.
30.05.07 - Call for Proposals
Action 1 - Youth for Europe - Pilot Projects on Thematic Networking
20.04.07 - Youth Event "Equal Opportunity and Social Participation for all Children and Youth", Cologne, 13-16 April 2007 Conclusions of the Working Groups and Action Plan
13.04.07 - German Presidency Youth event. Young people from 34 countries will participate in the Youth Event on in Cologne, Germany, from 13 to 16 April. The overall theme is �Equal Opportunity and Social Participation for all Children and Youth�, and the participants will debate concrete proposals for further action.
12.04.07 - The third European Youth Week will take place 3-10 June 2007. Events will be organised throughout Europe to promote the Youth in Action Programme and European Youth Policies, and to contribute to the structured dialogue with young people. Read more on www.youthweek.eu.
27.03.07 - Call for proposals - Action 3.2 "Youth in the World": It seeks to support projects promoting cooperation in the youth sector between Programme Countries and partner countries other than the European Union's neighbouring countries.
27.03.07 - Call for proposals - Action 4.4.
Projects encouraging innovation and quality in the youth sector. The intention is to support projects that seek to adopt, implement and encourage innovative and good quality approaches in the fields of non-formal education for young people and youth work.
Over 200 young people from the 27 Member States gathered in Rome to mark the anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. Their conclusions were conveyed to the European leaders who gathered in Berlin that same week-end.