The Euro-Med Youth Programme Phase IV promotes synergies among key actors of youth regional programmes and bilateral activities. In particular, it reinforces the complementarity with the Youth in Action Programme and increases the cooperation between Euro-Med Youth Units and National Agencies. In order to promote this overall objective, the Programme has the function to coordinate activities and create cooperation between actors (Euro-Med Youth Units, Youth national authorities, youth organisations and youth project leaders) and stakeholders (Mediterranean partner countries, European Commission - including European Union Delegations -, National Agencies and National Authorities in charge of Youth in Action programme in each European Union Member States).
Related programme and actors are:
EuropeAid Development and Cooperation (DEVCO) is a new Directorate–General (DG) of the European Commission responsible for designing EU development policies and delivering aid through programmes and projects across the world. It incorporates the former Development and Europeaid DGs.
ENPI EuroMed Info Centre one of the main communication tools of the ENPI Information and Communication Support Project, launched by the European Commission in January 2009 to make more known the relationship between the EU, its nine partner countries in the Mediterranean and seven neighbours and partners in the East.
Youth in Action Programme: managed by DG Education and Culture, which promotes the Euro-Mediterranean youth cooperation through its Action 3.1 (Cooperation with the Neighbouring Countries of the European Union) and Action 2 (European Voluntary Service) with the support of the Salto-youth EuroMed Resource Centre.
The Euro-Med Youth Platform has as its main aim to assist in the search for partners, facilitating the creation of networks of youth groups with similar objectives, providing tools for information and discussion.
The Euro-Med Youth Programme is also complementary to education activities financed within some thematic programmes such as the Programme Human and Social Development "Investing in People", Non-State Actors and Local authorities as well as to initiatives to promote democracy and Human Rights under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDRR).
The Euro-Med Youth Programme fills a funding gap in the Mediterranean partner countries: they generally have low youth budgets and scarce support from international donors, particularly in the context of youth exchanges and voluntary work.