Salto EuroMed is glad to introduce you the updated version of the EURO-MED YOUTH IV PROGRAMME

8 countries have participating: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Tunisia and Israel. Syria will not taking part in the Programme.

It is notably expected that during this phase IV of the Programme an estimate of around 100 projects will be funded. The projects will be submitted by promoter organisation within 3 different available Actions in response to call for proposals launched by Euro med Youth Units. The 3 different types of Actions envisaged by the Euro-med Youth programme are:

-* Euro-Med Youth Exchanges
-* Euro-Med Youth Voluntary Service
-* Euro-Med Youth Support Measures (Job-shadowing, Contact Making Seminars, Study Visits, Training Courses and Seminars)

Applicants (project leaders) from the Mediterranean partner countries applied directly for grants to their own national youth authorities, now responsible through the Euro-Med Youth Unit (EMYU) for grant awarding and the overall management of the programme.

The Euro-Med Youth Programme is a regional programme set up within the framework of the third chapter of the Barcelona Process entitled “Partnership in social, cultural and human affairs”. It promotes the mobility of young people and the understanding between peoples through three types of actions: Youth Exchanges, Voluntary Services and Support Measures.

Euro-Med Youth I (1999-2001) and Euro-Med Youth II (2001-2004) were primarily run by the European Commission from the headquarters in Brussels. They were sub-delegated by the Directorate-General of Europe Aid to the YOUTH Unit of the DG Education and Culture (DG EAC) A technical assistance to help the transfer of responsibilities to the national authorities was commissioned and entrusted to a Regional Capacity Building and Support Unit (RCBS) from Euro-Med Youth III. The RCBS has provided institutional capacity building and coaching to the EMYU in relationship to their new role. It has also participated in the set up of the evaluation committees and increased the visibility and dissemination of the regional programme. The lessons learnt during the previous phases, indicate that, in the Phase IV, the role of the Regional Capacity Building and Support Unit will be crucial in order to consolidate the management structure of the Programme with the aim to increase its impact. The RCBS is located at INJEP who has gained the call of proposal for the Phase IV.

Its geographical scope comprises 36 countries: the 27 EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom) and the 8 Mediterranean partner countries, signatories of the Barcelona Declaration (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Authority, Tunisia and Israel).

During the previous phase of the programme, the decentralization process, through the establishment of Euro-Med Youth Units guaranteed a greater proximity to the final beneficiaries. During this new phase reinforced guidance and further support to Euro-Med Youth Units is needed. The aim is to strengthen the complementarity with the Youth in action programme and increasing the cooperation between Euro-Med Youth Units and national Agencies, to bring the action as close as possible to the beneficiaries and to adapt it to the diversity of national systems and situations in the field of youth.

For more informatio visit: http://euromedyouth.net/