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European Commission - Press release

New European support programme for youth in Algeria

Brussels, 8 November 2011 === The European Commission today adopted an additional annual action programme for Algeria, including a EUR 23.5 million youth support programme – with a particular focus on the employability of young people.

Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and the European Neighbourhood Policy, said “Providing a better response to the expectations of young people is a challenge for every government. In Algeria, where the under 35s represent 75% of the total population, the difficulties faced by young people are undeniably those of society as a whole… Through its support, the European Commission is backing the Algerian government in its national policy in favour of young people, as well as the efforts of civil society to involve young people more in society. This programme is a first in our cooperation with Algeria”.

The programme will provide support to the Ministry of Youth and Sports in strengthening its institutional capacity at national and local level, and to youth organisations through information, training and project funding. It will aid national bodies in setting up an advisory and support framework for the integration of young people, in partnership with the private sector, the social partners and the non-profit sector, inter alia by developing the necessary instruments and practice for inter‑sector consultation and coordination.

The aim is to provide backing for both national and local structures through measures in pilot areas.

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To this end, the Commission has just adopted the following measure:

  • Youth Employment Support Programme (EUR 23.5 million)

This programme aims to increase the participation of young people in society, support the government in improving the employment prospects of young people and contribute to the development of cooperation between the main sectors involved in the implementation of national youth policy.

It is part of the EU’s immediate response to the current aspirations of the peoples and countries of North Africa. The measure, drawn up within the framework of the European neighbourhood policy, is part of a strengthening of the partnership between the EU and its partners in the Mediterranean region as provided for in two recent joint communications of the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy:

  • “A Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with the Southern Mediterranean” of 8 March 2011;

  • “A new response to a changing neighbourhood” of 25 May 2011.

Under the Association Agreement with the EU signed in 2005, Algeria benefits from a total allocation of EUR 172 million for 2011-2013 financed through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. In 2011, the European Commission has earmarked EUR 58 million for Algeria.

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Peter Stano (+32 2 295 74 84)

Anca Paduraru (+32 2 296 64 30)

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