EU Project “Encouraging the employment of youth in Danube region of south Bačka” for better youth employability

Bač, 4.10.2019.

Opening conference of the ‘’Encouraging the employment of youth in Danube region of south Bačka’’ project, implemented by Municipality of Bač in partnership with Municipality of Bački Petrovac and NGO Biznisnova from Novi Sad, was held today in Bač Cultural center.

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 improving the position of young people, and creating conditions for their employment and self-employment in Danube region in south Bačka, with focus on youth from rural areas.

Borislav Antonić, President of municipality of Bač, stated that the project reflects clear commitment of local self-governments to work with Non-Governmental Organizations, to improve the quality of life of citizens, and to address important issues of youth employment and local economic development.

Srđan Simić, President of municipality of Bački Petrovac, expressed the importance of cooperation between the municipalities of Bač and Bački Petrovac in addressing the problems of youth employment, and that through this project this problem will be dealth with systematically, through clearer and more transparently established employment promotion measures and programs.

Rodoljub Oreščanin, President of the NGO Biznisnova, underlined that the project is a real example of cooperation between the public sector and Non-Governmental Organizations sectors, which in practice proved to be very fruitful.

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.

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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.