More than 1,400 young people from the Euro-Mediterranean region have benefited from the Euromed Youth IV actions from 2011-2013.
So far, the country in which the program has had the greatest impact has been Palestine with 20 successfully awarded projects and 358 young beneficiaries. Following Palestine are Israel and Tunisia who were awarded 19 and 17 projects respectfully, in each case involving 331 and 327 young people.
The granted 84 projects reflect the diversity of the following regional priorities: combating racism and xenophobia, developing environmental protection, advocating gender equality, supporting Human Rights and increasing participation of young people in the development of civil society and democracy. A particular focus has been given to the development of a responsible and active role for young people in social, professional and political life, reflected in the most commonly tackled themes within the Program Countries – Participation and Active Citizenships .
The Euromed Youth Programme supports concrete actions implemented by organisations following calls for proposals that focus on the three types of actions: Youth Exchanges, Voluntary Service and Training & Networking.
The majority of the awarded projects are under the Action 3 Euro-Med Youth Training and Networking with Israel having developed the largest number of projects (14) under this action. The next most popular action was Action 1 EuroMed Youth Exchanges, most developed by Tunisia who hosted 7 successful projects. This meant that Action 2 EuroMed Youth Voluntary Service was the least developed action in the EuroMed Region with the most active country being Palestine (5 projects).
Last June in Amman, during the «EuroMed Youth Awards», the most remarkable event in 2013, among 43 projects previously selected, 5 Euromed Youth IV projects were awarded in the categories corresponding to the actions of the program:
- Mirroring women of “Leaders of tomorrow” organization, Jordan for the best seminar
- Arab Spring also available in 2013 of “JUZOOR” organization, Palestine for the best training course
- Two shores, one dream of “Club Culturel Ali Belhouane”, Tunisia for the best youth exchange
- A step for green future of “Association des jeunes méditerranéens pour les échanges culturels”, Tunisia for the best Voluntary service
- Jerusalem revisited of “Israel Federation of Community Centers”, Israel won the jury special prize for Supporting peace development process
For the next phase, the budget for the eight program countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) will total €6,000,000 and follows the extension of the program until June 2016.
Soon, the first calls for proposals will be launched and a further 100 projects are expected to be approved and funded.