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The European Union supports numerous initiatives that aim to improve the lives and future opportunities of young people in the Western Balkans. In cooperation with Western Balkan partners, the EU invests in the future of youth through programmes covering many areas, such as education, training and sport, entrepreneurship, culture and creativity, and research and innovation.
Across the Western Balkans, youth face many challenges, not least high levels of unemployment and lack of decent jobs, as well as risk of social exclusion and discrimination of vulnerable groups. That’s why the EU encourages young people in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to take advantage of opportunities offered by programmes such as Erasmus+, COSME, Creative Europe and Horizon 2020 – to build up their skills, contribute to the positive growth of their region, and strengthen ties with the EU.Together, we can look further! Discover more
€85 million in EU funding
230 creative projects
1,300+ joint projects
30,000+ student and staff exchanges
€141 million in EU funding
480 research and innovation projects
> €7 million in EU funding
> 67 projects for SMEs
Supporting artists and creative industries and encouraging them to exchange across Europe, seize opportunities of the digital age and reach new audiences – this is the mission of Creative Europe. Many cultural organisations in the Western Balkans have already got on board. Are you next?!MORE INFO
This EU programme promotes cooperation in education, training, youth and sport all over Europe and is open to the Western Balkans too. Taking part offers young people exciting opportunities to study, volunteer and gain experience abroad.MORE INFO
This EU programme, open to the Western Balkans, boosts research and innovation. It brings together researchers and industry to find solutions to today’s challenges – to improve lives, protect the environment, and create sustainable growth and jobs.MORE INFO
This EU programme, available in the Western Balkans, fosters entrepreneurship and growth by offering small and medium sized businesses better access to finance and markets, a more friendly business environment and mentoring for entrepreneurs.MORE INFO
Thousands of young people have benefitted from EU support in the Western Balkans, which has not only contributed to improving their own lives but also those of their communities. This campaign features a number of these individuals who tell us about their experience and the difference it made for their professional and personal growth. Watch the interviews!
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Stronger collaboration between the EU and the Western Balkans will enable the region to unlock its potential, grow a common vision and thrive together.
Culture, values, people… what makes our present and our past big, will shape our future
Making us stronger, empowering young people to create the change.
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