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EU/MEDITERRANEAN STATES: BETTER CO-OPERATION BETWEEN EURO-MED YOUNG PEOPLE.

European and Mediterranean Youth organisations gathered in Malta from September 17 to 21 to debate the launch of a new Euro-Med Youth Platform. More than 100 youth organisations from the 12 Mediterranean partners (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey), as well as European youth organisations, including eight organisations from the future Member States, discussed the role and functions they wish for the new Euro-Med Youth Platform (EMYP), an additional pillar of the Euro-Med Youth Programme, which promotes co-operation between organisations from both shores of the Mediterranean. The new platform, located in Malta and co-ordinated by a light structure supported by the Maltese Government, will respond to the need of reinforcing dialogue among cultures and civilisations throughout the Euro-Mediterranean region.

It aims at bringing young people and organisations together in an environment of tolerance and mutual understanding, facilitating networking of organisations, exchanging good practices and developing new projects. The EMYP will contribute to the development of civil society, democracy and active citizenship of young people. The new platform will notably create a network of organisations in the field of youth, be a meeting point for young people from the region to assist in the capacity building of the organisations and increase their participation. It will also disseminate information, newsletters and follow-up. Over 500 organisations from all over the Euro-Mediterranean Region have already joined the Platform in its second month of operation. The data base, which has been created, should facilitate the setting up of projects and networks between youth organisations from both sides of the region. Since 1999, more than 500 activities involving almost 10,000 young people from all Euro-Mediterranean partners have been funded (EU funding: Euro 6 million, plus Euro 14 million already approved for the period 2004-2006).

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Publication:European Report
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Date:Sep 20, 2003
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