Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteering abroad.
This project, the EUSDR (EU Strategy for the Danube Region) Youth Platform, has been enabled within the sector "Youth".
"Youth" gets around 10% of the total programme funding and gives young people as well people active in youth work the possibility to take part at:
• Mobility projects for young people (Youth Exchanges and European Voluntary Service) and youth workers;
• Large-scale European Voluntary Service events;
• Strategic Partnerships;
• Capacity Building in the field of youth;
• Meetings between young people and decision-makers in the field of youth.
Each programme country has a National Agency which implements the Programme. Non-programme countries, so called partner countries, also have the possibility to take part. For "Youth" regional resource centres have been installed (SALTO SEE & SALTO EECA & SALTO EUROMED) which inform about possibilities of participation.
Aims and Objectives
The aims and objectives of the EUSDR Youth Platform are in accordance with the Erasmus+ aims and objectives:
• improve the level of key competences and skills of young people, including those with fewer opportunities, as well as to promote participation in democratic life in Europe and the labour market, active citizenship, intercultural dialogue, social inclusion and solidarity,
• foster quality improvements in youth work, in particular through enhanced cooperation between organisations in the youth field and/or other stakeholders;
• complement policy reforms at local, regional and national level and to support the development of knowledge and evidence-based youth policy as well as the recognition of non-formal and informal learning,
• enhance the international dimension of youth activities and enhance the capacity of youth workers and organisations in their support for young people
"Europe needs more cohesive and inclusive societies which allow citizens to play an active role in democratic life. Education and youth work are key to prevent violent radicalisation by promoting common European values, fostering social integration, enhancing intercultural understanding and a sense of belonging to a community" is stated in the E+ Programme Guide. The EUSDR Youth Platform tries to contribute!