European Years

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Every year, the European Union chooses to address a subject in order to encourage debate and dialogue within and between member states raising the awareness of European citizens to a specific problem.[1]


Beginning in 1983, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have chosen an annual theme of action each year, based on a European Commission proposal. European Years are an awareness campaign to educate European citizens and attract the attention of national governments of Member States to a particular issue, in order to change attitudes and behaviours at both the national and European level.[2]


Year Name Ref.
2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage [3]
2017 None
2016 None
2015 European Year for Development [4]
2014 European Year of Citizens [5]
2012 European Year for Active Ageing [6]
2011 European Year of Volunteering [7]
2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion [8]
2009 European Year of Creativity and Innovation [9]
2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue [10]
2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All
2006 European Year of Workers' Mobility
2005 European Year of Citizenship through Education
2004 European Year of Education through Sport
2003 European Year of People with Disabilities
2002 None
2001 European Year of Languages
2000 None
1999 European Year of Action to Combat Violence Against Women
1998 European Year of Local and Regional Democracy
1997 European Year against Racism and Xenophobia
1996 European Year of Lifelong Learning
1995 European Year of Road Safety and Young Drivers
1994 European Year of Nutrition and Health
1993 European Year of the Elderly and of Solidarity between Generations
1992 European Year of Safety, Hygiene and Health Protection at Work
1991 None
1990 European Year of Tourism
1989 European Year of Information on Cancer
1988 European Year of Cinema and Television
1987 European Year of the Environment
1986 European Year of Road Safety
1985 European Year of Music
1984 European Year for a People's Europe
1983 European Year of SMEs and the Craft Industry


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