2013 has been designated the European Year of Citizens, to raise awareness on the rights and responsibilities of EU citizens and to encourage discussion at every level of society on the future of Europe. This comes at a time of global crisis. Young people have been particularly hard hit by the crisis and, in some Member States, youth unemployment is exceeding 50%. Yet the role of young people remains crucial in preserving the shared values on which Europe has been built and in ensuring its future.
The projects presented in this brochure describe a fascinating panorama of activities undertaken by groups of young people or young individuals in the EU and beyond, which reflect their active, critical and responsible citizenship. They were all supported by the Youth in Action programme, in the form of Youth Exchanges, European Voluntary Service projects or training and networking projects for youth workers and youth organisations.