EU Project “Speak Up 4 Your Job” for better youth employability with practical language skills

Novi Sad, 24 September 2019

Conference of the “Speak Up 4 Your Job” project, implemented by “Leader+” and “Proximo”, was held today in Startit Center, Novi Sad.

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 fostering smart, sustainable and inclusive foreign language practice opportunities for unemployed youth in Serbia through introducing, establishing and promoting structures for Language Exchange in Serbia.

The project was presented by Aleksandar Ristin, Project Manager, who emphasized the significance of the planned activities, as well as the implications they will have on youth employability.

Mina Stefanović from HTEC Group spoke about modern communication and what it represents, especially in terms of employability.

The representative of Vega IT spoke about the art of teamwork and its importance for employability.

The attendants had the opportunity to practice their key employability skills during the practical, interactive part of the conference: YES Club language exchange with the representatives of Levi9, Vega IT, Mad Had Games, Nordes, and HTEC company.

After the language exchange session, Mladen Ćirić, PhD in Linguistics and Administrator of Polyglot Club Serbia, spoke about the importance of boosting language exchange platforms for youth employability and mobility in Western Balkans.

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.