Virtual exchanges: unlocking new youth networks across the Mediterranean

August 22, 2017
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Young people in the Southern Mediterranean partner countries will have the opportunity to link up with youth across Europe, virtually, through an exciting new online learning programme, under a new project set to begin in 2018.

The European Commission has launched a call for tender for the virtual exchanges project, which will run through Erasmus+, the EU’s flagship programme for education, training, youth and sports.

Beginning in 2018, the initiative, called EVE – Erasmus+ Virtual Exchanges – will link young people aged 18 to 30, with youth organisations, learners, vocational training and adult education platforms, academics and more, through innovative online learning activities.

The online hub will centralise all information related to the EVE initiative in one place. And in doing so, further strengthen people-to-people contacts and intercultural dialogue between Erasmus+ Programme countries in Europe and EU neighbours in the south.

Claire Morel, from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, says the project is an exciting opportunity for young people in the Mediterranean partner countries. “Evidence shows that experience abroad not only offers valuable opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills: it also enhances tolerance and mutual acceptance. The problem is that many young people cannot, for many different reasons, take part in physical mobility. The ultimate aim of the EVE initiative is therefore to expand the reach and scope of the Erasmus+ programme via virtual exchanges.”


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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia