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Youth for Europe - Call for information projects

The European Commission, DG XXII, has launched a call for projects under Action E.I (Information for Young People) of the "Youth for Europe" programme. Under this call the Commission will support initiatives which aim to increase awareness among people working in the field of youth information as to the possibilities for cooperation between Member States, and to increase cooperation for the dissemination of youth information.

Action E.I projects may focus, among other themes, on:

- The role and contribution of young people within European society and on the means at their disposal to give concrete expression to this contribution;

- Youth work and the prevention of social exclusion, the fight against racism and xenophobia, the preservation of the environment and the cultural heritage, the mobility of young people, etc.

The Commission will offer guidance for carrying out projects with a view to drawing maximum benefits from the activity in question and ensuring efficient use of the funds available. The call is open to: officials/experts working in governmental/non-governmental structures responsible for youth matters at national, regional and local levels; youth association officers and youth workers in full-time, part-time or voluntary posts at European, national, regional or local level; professional non-profit making or voluntary bodies working in the field of youth media.

Projects will be supported in three main areas:

- a) Exchanges of experience and know-how (visits, seminars and practical training experiences);
- b) Production and dissemination of youth information;
- c) Networking (in particular, activities aimed at reaching young people living in areas of the European Union where information is either not available or difficult to obtain).

In assessing projects, the Commission will pay special attention to those:

- Directed at regions of the European Union which are at a disadvantage in terms of youth information;
- Focusing on the information needs of disadvantaged young people;
- Which are innovative in their approach to youth information;
- Which seek to develop cooperation in terms of youth information designed to prevent and combat social exclusion, racism and xenophobia;
- Which promote the work of youth associations.

In principle, Community funding for projects under this Action may not exceed 50% of the total expenditure, to a maximum of ECU 30,000. Exceptions to this rule can only be justified in terms of the potential impact of the project, particularly as concerns disadvantaged youth. In accordance with the general principle of co-financing, the Commission will favour applications which indicate efforts made by the organizers to secure other sources of funding.
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