2014 marked the year of the launching of the EuroMed accreditation that will be mandatory in 2015 for hosting and sending volunteers and will be valid through the EuroMed Youth IV and ERASMUS + Programmes.
Currently, all the European organizations that send or host young volunteers are accredited by the National Agencies in their country.
The accreditation in the EuroMed area is the logical continuation of a process started in Europe and South-East Europe East and Caucasus. Accreditation in the Mediterranean countries will ensure the quality of voluntary service projects, the compliance with the EVS Charter and will promote youth work.
In 2014, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine hosted a Training course for Mentors and Responsible of EVS aiming to prepare the NGOs to host and send volunteers within the framework of both the Erasmus + and EuroMed Youth IV programmes, enhancing thus the quality of youth work at national level. These training courses have been followed by field visits conducted by accreditors belonging to the National Agencies in charge of the Erasmus + Youth Programme that have provided their assessments about the NGO’s capacity for sending and hosting volunteers. To this day, out of the 74 accreditation applications received, 44 NGOs have been accredited.
This is the context of the first evaluation of the accreditation process for NGOs interested in Euro-Mediterranean Voluntary Service in South Mediterranean countries which started in Paris last Monday.
The Austrian, Finnish, French, Italian and Turkish National Agencies for the Erasmus+ programme, the Tunisian EuroMed Youth Unit and 20 trainers and accreditors involved in 2014 in the accreditation process are actively participating.
The event has been organized by the French National Agency of the Erasmus+ Youth and Sport programme with the support of the Italian and Turkish National Agencies in collaboration with Salto-Youth EuroMed & Good Practices Resource Centre, the Finnish and the Austrian National Agencies and the Regional Capacity Building and Support Unit for the EuroMed Youth Programme IV.
The main objectives of the meeting are to gather the accreditors, the trainers and the representatives of the accredited NGOs to evaluate and assess the implementation of the 2014 EuroMed Voluntary Service and prepare the accreditation process for 2015.