Over a hundred participants, including young Algerians, journalists, civil society organisations and EU-funded projects attended an information event organised by the EU Delegation in Algeria and the EU Neighbours on 30 January in Algiers, to share success stories and opportunities of EU cooperation in areas benefitting young people.
In Algeria, young people under 35 represent 70% of the total population. The European Union supports the Algerian government in its national youth policy and the employability of young people, as well as the efforts of civil society to better integrate young people into society.
The event presented the cooperation between the EU and Algeria placing special emphasis on programmes helping youth. Representatives from a number of EU-funded projects showcased the results of their work and the opportunities which the EU offers to the youth in Algeria, including Erasmus + (dedicated to education and mobility), Net-Med Youth (dedicated to youth and media), PAJE (dedicated to employment opportunities), Euromed Invest and Switchmed (dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation).
In his speech, the Head of the EU Delegation in Algeria John O’Rourke said the EU attaches great importance to programmes in support of youth, skills development, employment and mobility. He stressed that the EU accompanies the Algerian government in its policy towards young people and encourages dialogue between them and the public authorities. All these projects, he added, will contribute to the strengthening of Algeria’s institutions and will support civil society organisations.
The event marked the launch of the #EU4YOUTH social media campaign aiming to raise awareness of EU projects for the youth in the Southern Neighbourhood countries. The campaign aims to reach one million youngsters, especially those in the 18-35 age range in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia.
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Press release (FR)
EU Delegation to Algeria – website
EU Neighbours – Algeria