The main objectives of the Year were to:
The EU-China Year of Youth also coincided with the European Year of Volunteering and the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteering. For this reason, voluntary activities involving young Europeans and Chinese have been encouraged throughout the Year.
The joint action plan included various types of activities divided into the following categories: flagship events in Europe and China, joint grassroots projects, policy dialogue in the youth field and on youth-related issues in other fields and visibility activities.
|10-14 January ||Brussels||High-level Opening Ceremony|
|21-28 February||Beijing||High-level Opening Ceremony|
|17-23 May||Brussels and around Europe||European Youth Week|
|4-11 July||Beijing, Xi´An||EU-China Youth Culture Week|
|9-15 August||Shenzhen||EU-China Youth Festival for Universiade|
|4-11 September||Brussels||EU-China Volunteer bridge|
|20-27 October||Beijing, Tianjin||EU-China Leaders Summit|
The EU Youth in Action Programme was the main source of potential support on the EU side for concrete joint youth projects aimed at developing partnerships, networks, voluntary projects, youth exchanges among youth organisations from the EU and their counterparts in China during 2011.
Projects promoting cooperation with China were supported in the framework of two actions of the Youth in Action Programme:
The joint action plan for the Year of Youth underlined the importance of a strong mobilisation of young people, youth organisations and other actors active in the youth field at all levels for a wider impact of the Year of Youth.
In this context, the name and the logo of the Year were used for events, projects and activities taking place between 1 January and 31 December 2011, which contributed significantly to achieving one or more of the above-mentioned objectives of the Year.