The Euro-Med Youth Programme IV has been launched.

Euro-Med Youth Programme
next deadline: 2011-06-14

The Euro-Med Youth Programme is a regional programme, which promotes the mobility of young people and the understanding between peoples and focuses on mobility, non-formal education and intercultural learning.

The general objective of this phrase 1V of the Programme is: to support and strengthen the participation and contribution of youth organisation and youth from the Euro-Mediterranean region towards the development of civil society and democracy.

The specific objectives are:
To stimulate and encourage mutual understanding between young people within the Euro Mediterranean region and to fight against stereotypes and prejudices.
To promote active citizenship among young people and enhance their sense of solidarity
To contribute to the development of youth policies in the different partner countries.priorities:

The Euro-Med Youth IV Programme will fund projects that promote one or more of these thematic priorities:

1. Euro-Med Youth Exchanges
A Euro-Med Youth Exchange brings together groups of young people (aged 15 to 25) from at least four different countries, providing them with an opportunity to discuss various themes and learn about each otherÂ’s country, culture and language. Young people can thus learn from one another and discover and explore similarities and differences between their cultures. Moreover, the effect of a youth exchange on the local population can give rise to more positive awareness and have an impact not only on the young people themselves and their associationsÂ’ activities, but also on the local communities.

2. Euro-Med Voluntary Service
Euro-Med Voluntary Service consists of an unpaid, full-time and non-profit-making transnational voluntary activity for the benefit of the community. It aspires to develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people and active citizenship. Young people aged 18 to 30 and legally resident in one of the 37 participating countries, can participate in a voluntary service. Euro-Med Youth Voluntary Services can take place in a variety of areas: culture, youth, sports social, care, cultural heritage, education, arts, civil protection, environment, development cooperation, etc.

3. Euro-Med Youth Training and Networking.
These support measures includes projects which support the training of those active in youth work and youth organisations of the Euro-Mediterranean region ( youth leaders, youth trainers, young people)
In particular, the exchange of experiences, expertise and good practice as well as activities which leads to sustainable quality projects, partnerships and networks
The type of activities which fall under this heading are: study visits, partnership building activity, seminars and training courses.

Eligible applicants are: non-governmental organisations or institution, public sector operators, local authorities involved in youth work and non-formal education (youth associations, civil organisations, university student associations, local public authorities dealing with youth, …)

The Commission will finance a minimum of 50% and a maximum of 80 % of the total estimated eligible costs of the action.

Participating countries:
– 27 EU Member States
– 8 Mediterranean partner countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine Authority, Tunisia
Projects funded must be coordinated by an applicant from the European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument – ENPI South Country/territories and will include at least one partner from the 27 Member States.
Deadlines:
14 June & 1 November 2011
1 February; 31 May & 1 November 2012
1 January 2013

More information:
http://www.euromedyouth.net/