EU Project “Supporting Youth Employability” for social and work activation of young people

Svrljig, 23.01.2020.

“Youth One stop shop” opening of the “Supporting Youth Employability” project, implemented by Junior Achievement Serbia in partnership with Western Balkans Institute (WEBIN), Municipality of Raška and Municipality of Svrljig, was held today in Secondary school “Dušan Trivunac Dragoš” in Svrljig.

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 European Union and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

The significance of this project is in the development and implementation of the social innovation that will provide sustainable activation in the labour market of the vulnerable unemployed youth groups in Raška and Svrljig.

Darko Radičanin, Project Manager of the “Supporting Youth Employability’’ project, stated that in this venue Youth of Svrljig will have an opportunity to learn about all the possibilities for employment or self-employment, and in which way they can use the skills they already have or how to gain them through Student Company program or job practice in one of the local companies. This type of merged service will ease the social and work engagement of young people, who will have a place only for them where they can get all the information they need instead of going to numerous local institutions.

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.