Round table on entrepreneurship of EU Project “OUR COMMUNITY, OUR FUTURE – Toward greater cooperation and youth employability”

Belgrade, December 21, 2020

Regional roundtable on entrepreneurship: Take the Lead – Youth and Institutions of the “OUR COMMUNITY, OUR FUTURE – Toward greater cooperation and youth employability” project, implemented by Belgrade Centre for Human Rights in partnership with National youth council of Serbia (KOMS), M-peeria and National Association of Youth Workers (NAPOR), was held today on the “Zoom” platform.

This action is part of the global project “European Union Support for Active Youth Inclusion,” worth a total of 4.7 million euros, funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Nevena Nikolić, Project Manager of the “OUR COMMUNITY, OUR FUTURE – Toward greater cooperation and youth employability” project, stated that the main purpose of the round table is the mutual exchange of opinions, which should provide a better understanding of the position of young people and identify the challenges they face. The round table will bring together numerous representatives of institutions, local governments, and organizations, as well as young entrepreneurs from these areas, with the general belief that a joint approach and cooperation of partners from different jurisdictions can lead to a long-term and sustainable solution and systemic care for young people. Accordingly, the dialogue, after the concrete proposals presented from the previously conducted research on employment and self-employment of young people, is expected to present ideas for the implementation of these proposals in practice. The importance of the project is reflected in the primary goal of the project, which is to improve the long-term employability of young people in Serbia.

With concrete recommendations and their implementation, the process of employment and self-employment of young people can be legally and socially strengthened and improved.

The “European Union Support to Active Youth Inclusion” project, total value of which is EUR 4.7 million, financed by the EU 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 www.ukljucivanjemladih.rs

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.