The Community action programme «European Voluntary Service for Young People» (EVS), established in 1998, became part of the Community action programme «Youth» in April 2000. The EVS is open to young people aged 18 to 25 who have their legal residence in an EC member state, Norway or Iceland. The aim is to enable them to spend some time abroad, be it long-term (6 to 12 months) or short-term (3 weeks to 3 months), working in a non-profit project of a humanitarian, cultural, ecological or social kind.
The publication comprises selected contributions to an international conference which took place in Bremen in April 1999. It was organised by the Centre of European Law and Politics at the University of Bremen in cooperation with the German office «Youth for Europe» and with the support of the European Commission.