EU project “Inter-sector safety net for active inclusion of youth in foster care” project has come to its end

Kragujevac, 16.12.2020.

The closing online conference of the “Inter-sector safety net for active inclusion of youth in foster care” project, implemented by the Center for Foster Care and Adoption Kragujevac, in partnership with Business Development Center Kragujevac and Let’s Do It Together Association, was held today.

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 strengthening of social inclusion and employment of young people in foster care, through creation and provision of inter-sector support at the local level.

Slaviša Sorak, Director of the Center for Foster Care and Adoption Kragujevac, together with his associates, presented the results of the two-year project. During the project, local support networks for youth in foster care, as a sustainable model of inter-sector cooperation, have been established in four cities, Kragujevac, Kruševac, Kraljevo and Čačak. At the same time, 175 young people in foster care improved their professional and soft skills, resulting in their better employability and social inclusion.

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.