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The European Union is taking active measures to help some of the most vulnerable people in society: young people who lack the opportunities of their peers. 

Targeting young people with fewer opportunities has long been a pillar of the European Union's work in the field of youth, notably through project funding for organisations working in this area.

Between 2007 and 2013, the EU Youth in Action programme reached successful results as regards social inclusion, demonstrated by the figures in Annex III of the strategy. The work on social inclusion in the context of the Youth in Action programme was supported by an Inclusion Strategy, launched in 2007.

The revised strategy seeks to achieve an even greater impact on the lives of disadvantaged young people and to ensure that Erasmus+ responds positively to diversity in the field of youth. It is a strategy for inclusion and diversity – both are equally important.