During its last meeting (14-15 December 2017), the Programming Committee on Youth decided to re-open the pilot activity programme as from 1 January 2018.
Since 28 September 2017, the pilot activity programme was on hold as a result of the decision by the Russian Federation to suspend payment of the outstanding balance of its 2017 contributions to the budget of the Council of Europe. In addition to the decision by the Russian Federation, the Turkish authorities have decided to discontinue Turkey’s status as a major contributor to the Council of Europe budget. These two decisions directly impact the EYF budget for programme activities. The Programming Committee on Youth therefore recommended to reduce for a trial period of one year the maximum grant for pilot activities from €10 000 to €8 500.
The first cut-off date for new pilot activity applications is 28 February 2018, with the final decision foreseen for mid-April (projects should not start before 1 June 2018). More information on future cut-off dates will be published on the EYF website depending on the budgetary situation.