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On 20 March four new projects were launched through the EU-funded EU4Youth initiative. The projects will focus on increasing employment opportunities and employability of young people across the country, providing young people with new skills, training courses, work experience, and opportunities for entrepreneurship. These new projects were launched by Lawrence Meredith, the European Commission’s Director for Neighbourhood East, together with the EU Ambassador to Armenia, Piotr Świtalski. The EU contribution to these projects in Armenia amounts to €1.9 million.

ARS_3844_The “EU4Youth: Fostering potential for greater employability” project will improve education and employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth. The “EU4Youth: Better Skills for Better Future” project will develop the entrepreneurial potential and increase employability of disadvantaged youth, ensure their increased access to education and training opportunities, and advocate for the development and implementation of coherent and cross-sectorial youth policies at the local and national level. The “EU4Youth: Employability and stability” project will focus on the empowerment, employability and entrepreneurship potential of socially and economically disadvantaged youth, especially young women. The “EU4Youth – SAY YES Skills for Jobs” project will address unemployment and the lack of income opportunities for youth in rural areas. The EU4Youth initiative (total budget €22.75 million (EU contribution: €20 million)) fosters the active participation of young people in society and improves employability by developing youth leadership and entrepreneurship through a variety of actions, including capacity building, fellowships, support to policy dialogue, and grants to organisations active in these areas.

ARS_3744_Lawrence Meredith highlighted the importance of youth empowerment in his speech: ‘We are already doing a lot to promote the role of youth. For example, for my generation, Erasmus was a defining change in the European Union. We want Erasmus+ to be a defining change for your generation. The Eastern Partnership Summit in 2017 endorsed the Eastern Partnership’s “20 Deliverables for 2020” which focuses on cooperation to produce tangible results for citizens. A key deliverable in the Summit Declaration is the new Youth and Education Package. The core of this package is the EU4Youth initiative. Therefore, it is a great pleasure to launch four new projects today, which will take EU4Youth vision a step further in Armenia’.

ARS_3786_Ambassador Świtalski praised Armenian youth: ‘The young generation in Armenia faces great challenges. You have to bring your country to a new level – your parents created an independent state, they established institutions, but they carried, and still carry, values from the past. You enjoy different levels of freedom, and it is your responsibility to build your country’s future, drawing on the best examples of the history of human civilisation. You are not a generation which can simply profit from the past, you have a challenge ahead. The EU strongly believes in Armenian youth. You are privileged to come from a civilisation rich in traditions. You are very talented, which is why we are offering you our support’.