From today, 8th of April, to the 11th, forty participants will meet in Jordan within the framework of the EU-funded Euromed Youth and Erasmus+ Programs, for the Euromed EVS (European/Euromed Voluntary Service) accreditation process kick-off meeting, with the aim of gather the accreditors and the trainers to prepare the implementation of the 2014 EVS accreditation process.
At the official opening Mr. Jihad Al-Mheisen from the Jordanian Ministry of Political & Parliamentary Affairs and Mr Ibrahim Laafia, First Counselor and Head of Operations Section European Union Delegation to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, will be present.
Among the participant, the network of the National Agencies of the Erasmus+ Programme and the Euromed Youth Units of the Euromed Youth Program IV will contribute to the discussion about the new EVS training cycle for the NGOs that will be accredited in 2014/2015.
The EVS is one of the most important actions of the Erasmus+ and EuroMed Youth Programmes since it is one of the best support for the sustainability of partnerships. An EVS project involves a triangular partnership: a volunteer, a sending organisation and a host organisation.
To reinforce this action, an accreditation process has been set up for hosting and sending organisations in MEDA countries which so far did not exist.
The European Commission has therefore launched at the beginning of the year, with the support of SALTO EuroMed and RCBS (Regional Capacity Building and Support Unit for the EuroMed Youth Programme IV), a process of introducing accreditation of EVS organisations in the South Mediterranean region. This will extend the EVS accreditation scheme to include the last of the three neighbouring regions, with Eastern Europe and Caucasus and South East Europe already involved.
During the course of 2014, SALTO EuroMed and RCBS are taking charge of the process of introducing accreditations for the eight European Neighbourhood Southern countries and a number of organizations will be accredited already during this year. As of 2015 EVS accreditation will be compulsory for organizations wishing to host, send or coordinate projects granted under the Erasmus+ programme and the Euromed Youth Program.
SALTO EuroMed will take the overall pedagogical responsibility and RCBS the administrative one of the process of introducing accreditations while also relying on the structures of the EuroMed Youth IV programme.
This is as valuable cooperation and sharing of experience across borders, looking forward to the successful expansion of the actual model for EVS accreditation in the EuroMed region.