Thirty seven youth organisations and organisations for youth from several cities in Serbia, participated in the event “Speed dating: Youth organisations and EU funds” which took place in the EU Info Centre in Belgrade. This “quick meeting” was also attended by representatives of 9 programmes of the European Union present in Serbia, as possible donors. Apart from them, attendees also included representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Umbrella organisation of the youth of Serbia (KOMS) and the EU Info Centre.
Speed dating was organised by the EU Info Centre in cooperation with the Delegation of the EU in Serbia, within their joint campaign for youth under the title of “Europe for you”.
In the greeting speech, the Head of the Sector of Operations of the EU Delegation in Serbia, Steffen Hudolin expressed how content he was because of such a large number of young people who answered the call for participation, whom he invited to get actively included in the reform processes in Serbia supported by the EU.
“We absolutely need you; we need you in Serbia, in the region and in the EU. We need you to participate and to be active and proactive”, he said to representatives of youth organisations. Hudolin encouraged them not to get disappointed and not to give up if it happens that their project is not accepted, but rather to continue participating in everything EU is doing in Serbia.
Representative of the Ministry of Sports and Youth, Marija Petronijević, emphasised that this institution is opening competitions for youth every year and announced that soon a new competition will be open where the Ministry will co-finance the already approved projects.
The Umbrella organisation of youth in Serbia is a partner of the event, and the General Secretary of KOMS, Nina Živanović, emphasised that they are the highest representative body of youth in Serbia, in existence for six years and striving to answer all their needs.
At 11 tables, speed dating participants included representatives of the following funds and programmes of the EU: Erasmus+, Creative Europe (Culture and MEDIA sub-programmes), The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), Civil Society Forum (CSF), COSME (Programme for competitiveness of small and medium enterprises), Horizon 2020, and Europe for Citizens and Technical Assistance for Civil Society Organisations (TACSO).
Representatives of the Creative Europe Desk Serbia shared with the youth organisations the core information about the sub-programme Culture and sub-programme MEDIA: who can apply, which competitions are available, what kind of funding can be achieved and other information. Among the organisations there were those who were introduced for the first time with the Creative Europe programme and those who were familiar with it through events organised by the Desk in the past period.
The 37 present organisations also included those from Prijepolje, Tutin, Niš, Novi Sad, Jagodina, and Smederevo. We are especially content with the large interest by youth organisations and organisations for youth for European cooperations within the Creative Europe programme and even more so due to the fact that there is not enough programmes intended for young people on the European level, and the Creative Europe programme especially encourages this kind of projects and initiatives.