2019 has been an active year for the 26 projects funded under the Fund for Youth Employment. From launching events to info days and courses, the 200 project partners organised numerous activities – and we saw the first achievements in 2019.
“I think that such experiences help us believe in ourselves and take responsibility for our actions. I became more brave, confident and open towards other people. I recommend participation in the project to young people who want to change something in their lives, become more competent and develop themselves internally.”Kajetan Kaperzyński participant in the FOLM project (Poland)
In November 2019, 56 project partners participated in the Annual Thematic Seminar in Brussels. The seminar focused on common challenges like outreach, soft skills development, cooperating with local stakeholders, work-based learning, entrepreneurship and job creation – enhancing the competence of project partners in 2020 and beyond.Find out more in the Online Youth Employment Magazine.
The Fund for Youth Employment1 was launched in 2017 and generated more than 300 project applications. The 26 selected projects focus on three support areas:
The focus on transnational cooperation reflects the view that youth employment is a common European challenge that can only be solved by working across borders. Through this Fund, the projects aim to:
A total of 39 project proposals made it to the second application round and were subject to rigorous assessment in 2019. The starting point for the second-round selection were the 700+ project applications submitted in July 2018. The great interest this Fund attracted further strengthened our resolve to foster cooperation on regional level.
The proposals assessed in 2019 include:
The project proposals cover 14 programme areas, including civil society, environment and ecosystems, research and business development, innovation and SMEs.
The Fund for Regional Cooperation was established as a tool for increased European and transnational cooperation. €30 million5 will be made available for supporting inclusive dialogue and strengthening transnational and regional networks.
Projects will encourage:
All projects need to be linked to the priority sectors of the EEA and Norway Grants. The projects must involve multiple partners and activities in a minimum of three different countries6.