EU project “OUR COMMUNITY, OUR FUTURE – Toward greater cooperation and youth employability” for better future of youth

Novi Sad, 17.10.2019.

Conference Local cooperation as the answer for better future of young people not in educational system, not employed or in training” 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, National Association of Youth Workers “NAPOR” and “Mpeeria” organization, was held today at the Sheraton Hotel in 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 European Union and co-funded by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Jelena Stojanović, Executive Director of “NAPOR”, stated that main purpose of the conference is mutual exchange of views, which will provide better understanding of NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) youth and identify the challenges they are facing. Conference gathered numerous representatives of diverse institutions and organisations. It is common belief that joint approach and cooperation between partners of various jurisdictions can lead to long-term sustainable solutions.

After the memorandum of cooperation signing, Nevena Nikolić, Youth program Coordinator from Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, gave the concluding word. She underlined that significance of the project is reflected in its primary goal, which is improvement of the long-term employability of NEET youth and promotion of sustainable cross-sectoral cooperation at the local level, towards entrepreneurial mechanisms based on inclusive community.

Multi-sector approach to NEET youth situation can provide access to different valuable services available in the community.

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 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.