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Youth in Action Programme

What was it?

The Youth in Action Programme, which ran from 2007 to 2013, aimed to inspire a sense of active citizens, solidarity, and tolerance among young Europeans, as well as involve them in shaping the future of the European Union.

Following on from the YOUTH Programme (2000-2006), Youth in Action promoted mobility, non-formal learning, intercultural dialogue, and inclusion, primarily among people aged 15-28.

What did it involve?

With a budget of €885 million for its seven year duration, the Youth in Action programme set out to achieve five main objectives, tackled through five main actions:

  1. Youth for Europe: encouraging active citizenship, participation, and creativity;
  2. European Voluntary Service: promoting solidarity through voluntary activities abroad;
  3. Youth in the World: promoting partnerships and exchanges among young people and youth organisations;
  4. Youth Support Systems: supporting youth workers and organisations to improve the quality of their work;
  5. Support for European Co-operation in the Youth Field: supporting policy cooperation and dialogue.

Progress was regularly reviewed, with results published on the website of the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency.

What did it achieve?

The programme is estimated to have supported around 8,000 projects and provided opportunities and experiences to around 150,000 young people and youth workers every year.

An evaluation of the programme was carried while it was underway and the results, published in 2011, suggested that from 2007-2009:

  • more than 380,000 people participated in the programme;
  • 42,700 projects were submitted;
  • 21,800 projects were granted.

A further review, to determine the success of the programme as a whole, will take place in 2016.

In addition to the evaluation, the European Commission regularly monitored the programme to gauge satisfaction levels, as well as the potential success rate of programme, publishing the results in a monitoring surveypdf(236 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  in 2011.

What are the next steps?

Aside from the publication of the 2013 statistics and the close of the programme, as well as the ex-post review schedule for 2016, the activities of the Youth in Action programme will continue under the new Erasmus+ programme, scheduled to last from 2014-2020.