The Euro-Med Youth Platform which was officially launched in September 2003 contributes to the implementation of the Youth in Action Programme.
It aims to bring NGOs from the European and Mediterranean regions together in an environment of tolerance and mutual understanding by assisting them in networking and capacity building, increasing their participation and exchanging good practice. Our Search 4 Partners engine facilitates the creation of networks between youth NGOs with similar objectives. The platform also publishes an annual trilingual magazine, organises meetings, provides a forum for discussion, conducts general research on issues that affect youth and their NGOs and distributes information about the Youth in Action and Euro-Med Youth Programmes.
With its activities, the Platform contributes to developing co-operation in the youth sector between thirty-five countries, parties to the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Agreement (Barcelona Declaration). These are Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.
The Commission of the European Union (through the Youth in Action Programme) and the Government of Malta are the main financial contributors to the Platform. A Steering Committee composed of the Director of the Platform, representatives from the European Commission’s Directorate Generals for Education and Culture (Youth in Action Unit), Europe-Aid and External Relations, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, SALTO Youth Euro-Med Resource Centre, and the European Youth Forum overlook the general progress of the Platform.
Based in Malta, the Euro-Med Youth Platform Secretariat is hosted within the European Union Programmes Agency. The EUPA is responsible for the management and implementation of the Lifelong Learning Programme, the Youth in Action Programme, Euroguidance, CEDEFOP Study Visits, Eurodesk Malta, the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Platform and the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals.