EU Project “Turnover – Youth educational center” for promotion of sustainable youth employment

Belgrade, 12.11.2019.

Opening of the “Turnover – Youth educational center” within “Turnover – Youth educational center’’ project, implemented by City Municipality of Stari Grad in partnership with European Youth Organization and Faculty of management Sremski Karlovci, was held today at Maršala Birjuzova 58, Belgrade.

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 promoting the sustainable employment of NEET youth (neither in employment nor in education and training), through improvement of education and social protection.

Pavle Varsaković, Project Manager of the “Turnover – Youth educational center” project, stated that labour market participation is usually described through indicators, such as employment rates and unem­ployment rates, which provide information about those who already have a job or are actively looking for one, therefore traditional indicators for labour market participation are frequently criticized for their limited relevance to young people. Understanding the composition of NEET (neither in employment nor in education and training) is very important for understanding the needs of this population and to address them with the appropriate targeted policies, thus choice of method for communication with young people is trough opening of the Youth educational center and preparing its adequate programs.

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.