EU Project “Speak Up 4 Your Job” for better youth employability with practical language skills

Beograd, 11.12.2019.

Conference of the “Speak Up 4 Your Job” project, implemented by Citizens Associations Leader+ Banatski Karlovac in partnership with Citizens Associations Proximo, was held today at “Božidarac“ in Beograd.

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 reflected in fostering smart, sustainable and inclusive foreign language practice opportunities for unemployed Youth in Serbia through introducing, establishing and promoting structures for language exchange in Serbia.

Bojana Miljković, Project Manager of the “Speak Up 4 Your Job” project, presented the project and emphasized the significance of the planned activities, as well as the important implications they will have on youth employability.

Representatives of diplomatic and cultural missions in Serbia, French Institute, Italian Cultural Centre, Yunus Emre institute, Iranian Cultural Centre, Austrian Cultural Forum, Embassy of the Hellenic Republic, Russian House, Cuban Embassy, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Ukrainian Embassy, Mexican Embassy, presented their languages and the activities their Governments and Embassies implement in order to help Youth learn their languages.

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.