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Information and Knowledge

 

Information und WissenWe live in an information society, i.e. we use information and knowledge for school, work, leisure, etc. What is crucial in this respect is that each of us has the right to free access to information.

European Youth Information Charter

Young people's right to information and the minimum standards for youth information have been laid down in the European Youth Information Charter by the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency.

The full text of the Charter can be found on the website:

http://www.eryica.org

 

Information portals about the European Union

You will find below a number of interesting initiatives and websites.

European Youth Portal

The aim of the European Youth Portal is to provide rapid and simple access to European information for as many young people as possible. The target group is young people aged from15 to 25.

http://europa.eu.int/youth/

Portal of the European Union

The “EUROPA” internet portal gives an overview of all the EU policy areas and provides information on

  • day-to-day work of the European Union
  • status of European integration
  • EU bodies and institutions

http://europa.eu.int

EURODESK

This European information network provides a multitude of information for anyone interested in youth topics as well as useful tips on promotion programmes in Europe.

http://www.eurodesk.org/new/

ERYICA

ERYICA (European Youth Information and Counselling Agency) is the central body for youth information in Europe and provides direct links to youth information centres in all EU Member States.

http://www.eryica.org

EURO<26

The youth card is developed and operated by a non-profit-making organisation in more than 30 EURO<26 countries. The common aim of all youth cards is to make mobility, culture, information and discount systems accessible to as many young Europeans below the age of 26 as possible.

http://www.eyca.org/

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Safe Internet – protected surfers

Spam, phishing and viruses are just some of the buzzwords that remind us that the internet is not always as safe as it should be. Unfortunately, alongside a great deal of informative and important content, fraudsters are ever present on the internet.

The EU programme "Safer Internet Plus" addresses this issue. http://europa.eu.int/information_society/activities/sip/index_en.htm

“Safer Internet Plus” promotes measures to combat illegal and harmful content on the internet in four areas:

INHOPE: is dedicated to combating illegal content by setting up hotlines which collect reports from the public on illegal content and pass them on to the appropriate authorities.

http://www.inhope.org/

INSAFE: promotes awareness-raising and information measures on safe internet use.

http://www.saferinternet.org/ww/en/pub/insafe/index.htm

Filtering & Rating: provides information on combating unsolicited and harmful content. The European Union offers subsidies for technical innovations which enable users to limit the amount of unsolicited (SPAM) and harmful content they receive and/or to assess the efficacy of existing filters.

http://europa.eu.int/information_society/activities/sip/projects/filtering/index_en.htm

“Safe Internet” Forum

The Forum’s objective is to promote a safe environment for both surfers and providers. http://europa.eu.int/information_society/activities/sip/projects/self_regulation/index_en.htm

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More information about Europe's young people

Youth policies which really benefit young people can be made only on the basis of extensive information on the youth of Europe and their requirements, wishes and concerns.

Statistics on Europe's youth

There are currently approximately 75 million young people in the EU between the ages of 15 and 24.

An excellent starting point for statistical research is the website of EUROSTAT, the EU's Statistical Office.

http://epp.eurostat.cec.eu.int

European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy

Last but not least, you can also find interesting information at the recently inaugurated “European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy”. Here you will find a range of statistics and other interesting information on young people from various countries.

www.youth-knowledge.net

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Date: 06.06.2006