Some of the terms used are specific to the Youth in Action Programme or have a specific meaning in European terms. The following are some basic definitions of terminology.
Eurodesk – a European network of relays providing information relevant to young people and those who work with them on European opportunities in the education, training and youth fields, and the involvement of young people in European activities: http://www.eurodesk.org.
Executive Agency – The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is responsible for the implementation of the centralised Actions of the Youth in Action Programme. It is in charge of the complete life cycle of these projects.
National Agencies – structures established by the national authorities in each Programme Country in order to assist the European Commission with management and to assume responsibility for implementation of most of the Youth in Action Programme.
Neighbouring Countries - Countries participating in the Stabilisation and Association process and in the European Neighbourhood Policy (except the Russian Federation, enjoying a special partnership with the EU)
Partnership – the Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe fosters the active citizenship of young people by giving impetus to training and research activities in this field: http://www.youth-partnership.net.
Pre-accession (or candidate) countries – countries which have applied for European Union membership and participate fully in all actions having met the conditions envisaged as necessary in view to implement the Programme at national level.
SALTO Resource Centres – SALTO stands for “Support and Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities”. These are structures established within the Youth in Action Programme to provide training and information for youth organisations and National Agencies: http://www.salto-youth.net.