Glossary

Some of the terms used are specific to the YOUTH program or have a specific meaning in European terms. The following are some basic definitions of terminology:

Member States

bulletThe 15 countries that are members of the European Union (see section B.2).

EFTA/E. E. A countries 

bulletThe three countries which are members of the European Free Trade Association and of the European Economic Area (see section B.2).

Pre-accession (or associated) countries

bullet12 of the candidate countries which have applied for European Union membership and participate fully in all YOUTH Actions (see section B.2).

Program countries

bulletE. U Member States, EFTA/E. E. A countries and pre-accession countries. They can participate fully in all YOUTH Actions (see list of countries in section B.2).

Third countries

bulletNeither Member States of the European Union, pre-accession countries, nor members of EFTA/E. E. A. They can participate in YOUTH projects under Actions 1, 2 and 5 subject to specific criteria and procedures (see list of countries in section B.3).

Mediterranean partner countries

bulletThe 12 non-E. U countries on or near the Mediterranean Sea that are participating in the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Action Program (see section B.3).

Euro-Med

bulletThe Euro-Mediterranean Youth Action Program, which involves the 15 E. U Member States and 12 Mediterranean partner countries.

CIS

bulletCommonwealth of Independent States (formerly members of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics).

National Agencies

bulletStructures established by the national authorities in each Program country in order to assist the European Commission with management and to assume responsibility for implementation of most of the YOUTH program (see attached list of contact details).

National Coordinators

bulletStructures established by the national authorities in each Euro-Med partner country in order to facilitate implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Action Program (see attached list of contact details).

Non-formal education

bulletProjects within YOUTH actively involve young people on a voluntary basis and provide them with opportunities to acquire skills and competencies outside formal education and training systems. Even though they are not part of any formal educational curriculum, YOUTH projects are characterized by a carefully planned program of personal and social education for participants and apply methods of intercultural learning.

E. V. S

bulletEuropean Voluntary Service.

Young people with less opportunities

bulletYoung people from a less-privileged cultural, geographical or socio-economic background, or with disabilities; better access for them to the activities developed within the YOUTH program is a key priority for the European Commission.

Community funding

bulletFinancial contribution from the YOUTH program awarded to selected projects.
 

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