The European Commission, the European Parliament and the Member States of the
European Union agreed jointly to establish the YOUTH Community Action Program,
which sets up the legal framework in support of non-formal educational
activities for young people. This Guide uses the term YOUTH throughout to refer
to the specific activities facilitated by the legally binding Decision No
1031/2000/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 April 2000. The
Program will run from 2000 to the end of 2006.
Implementation of the YOUTH program is decentralized, the aim being to take
action as closely as possible to the beneficiaries and to adapt to the diversity
of national systems and situations in the field of youth. Each of the 30
countries participating fully in all YOUTH Actions has appointed a National
Agency. These National Agencies manage the bulk of YOUTH funds, and provide
information and advice. They also act as the link between the European
Commission, project promoters at national, regional and local level, and the
young people themselves.