EU project “It’s never too late for Start-up” for enhancement of employability of long-term unemployed in the Municipality of Gadžin Han

Niš, 18.09.2019.

Press conference for the announcement of the project “It is never too late to Start-up”, implemented by the Municipality of Gadžin Han in partnership with the organization Proactive, was held today at the Press Room in the Media and Reform Center Niš.

This action is part of the global project “European Union Support to Active Youth Inclusion”, with total value of 4.7 million EUR, financed by the EU (IPA 2014) and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

The significance of the project is reflected in the enhancement of employability of long-term unemployed in the Municipality of Gadžin Han, through creation of the Start-up Center as new permanent service of the local administration.

The Start-up Center functions as a unique co-working space where beginners in the business will be able to take their first steps in development of their own businesses. For the needs of the Start-up Center, a special program for empowering beginners in the business has been designed, tailored to the needs and characteristics of the local community.

The unemployed from the territory of the Municipality of Gadžin Han have the opportunity to apply for participation in the Start-up Center programme and to receive training on the basics of entrepreneurship and starting a business for beginners in business. The training is conducted in small groups through 12 one-day modules that will be implemented in the premises of the Start-up Center in Gadžin Han. During training, unemployed people with promising business ideas will have the opportunity to acquire the skills and competencies needed to develop business plans and start their own businesses.

Within the project, four training cycles will be implemented for a total of 100 unemployed with promising business ideas from the territory of the Municipality of Gadžin Han. After completing all training cycles, the Start-up Center team will select the top 20 trainees with the business ideas most likely to come to fruition. For them, an investment conference will be organized at which they will have the opportunity to present their business plans to potential investors and thus find the means to start their own business.

The implementation of the Start-up Center programme starts from September 2019, and anyone interested in participating in the programmme can find additional information and application form at

The “European Union Support to Active Youth Inclusion” project, total value of which is EUR 4.7 million, financed by the EU (IPA 2014) and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, aims to ensure greater social inclusion of youth population in Serbia by increasing of employment, youth activity, work experience and entrepreneurship practice among youth population. Through the project the EU and Government of Serbia has granted 24 grants, which will be implemented in more than 35 cities and municipalities in Serbia by the end of 2021. The projects implemented by the national and provincial social welfare institutions, municipalities and cities, citizens associations, foundations and educational institutions will increase the scope and quality of services at the local level in education and employment, innovative practice, active inclusion mechanisms and models and thereby strengthen the social inclusion of youth. The impact and tangible outcomes of the project are expected at all levels concerning the overall readiness and increased capacities of relevant institutions for the innovative development and management of youth active inclusion measures, policy development in line with best EU practices, and effective use of related EU financial assistance.

The project is managed by the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes (CFCU), while the project beneficiary institutions are the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Ministry of Youth and Sports.

More about the project can be found on

The European Union’s donations to Serbia exceed EUR 3.6 billion from 2000 to date. The funds have been used to support development, quality of life and reforms in: civil protection, flood relief and protection, education, connectivity, environment, health and consumer protection, culture, rule of law, local development, jobs and growth, public administration, migration, public financial management, civil society and media, social inclusion, youth and sport. EU support is implemented in cooperation with the Government of Serbia. The European Union is a larger donor of development aid to Serbia than all other international donors put together.