EU Project “Supporting Youth Employability” closed

Belgrade, 11.12.2020.

Closing online conference 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 on the Zoom platform.

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 the project is in increase of employability of vulnerable groups of young people, including long term unemployed and poor unemployed Youth in municipalities of Raška and Svrljig.

Darko Radičanin, Project Manager of the “Supporting Youth Employability’’ project, stated that an innovative concept of merged service for youth in Raška and Svrljig was created within the project. This service model made the social and work engagement of young people easier by introducing One stop shops, places where youth can get all the information they need in one place instead of going to numerous local institutions. Radičanin added that the project experts made a tutorial for the implementation of this innovative model which will be distributed to all municipalities in Serbia by the end of this year.

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

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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.