Youth in Action Programme
Since 2004, Turkey has participated in European Community programmes, an integrated set of actions designed to promote cooperation between the EU member states and candidate countries in various specific fields related to EU policies. Citizens, companies, non-governmental organisations, and national administrations of member states and candidate countries can all participate in the extensive range of Community programmes. One of those programmes was Youth in Action, which operated from 2004 to 2013. In 2014, a new programme, Erasmus+, combined all the EU’s existing schemes for education, training, youth, and sport.
The project’s aims and core activities
The Youth in Action Programme in Turkey aimed to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity, and tolerance among young people and their EU counterparts and to involve them in shaping the union’s future.
The programme was open to all young people, regardless of their educational, social, and cultural background. It promoted their mobility within and beyond Turkey’s borders and provided them with opportunities to engage in non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue.
Managed by the Turkish National Agency, under the programme, €67 million was awarded in grants, which enabled more than 33,000 mobilities from 2007 to 2013.