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German MEP Lizzy Gröner is pushing for a budget of 1.128m euro for the Youth in Action programme (the Commission proposed 915m euro) and wants European Youth Week to be an established part of European youth policy. Her justification is that more money is needed to help the EU meet its aim of implementing the Lisbon strategy objectives and in the light of the European Youth Pact, an extension of the age range of beneficiaries from 15-25 to 13-30 and EU enlargement.
The Gröner report will be voted on in the Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee on 12-13 September. A vote in the Parliament plenary is due in October. The Youth in Action programme 2007-13 is on the Education, Youth and Culture Council's agenda for possible political agreement on 15 November 2005. European Youth Week takes place from 5 to 11 December 2005.Draft report on the proposal for a decision of the European Parliament and of the Council Addressing the concerns of young people in Europe: the Commission adopts a communication on youth policies