AEBR is proud to manage the “Interreg Volunteer Youth” (IVY) to boost solidarity among young Europeans in Interreg programmes & projects:
AEBR is proud to manage the “Interreg Volunteer Youth” (IVY) to boost solidarity among young Europeans in Interreg programmes & projects
Today, Martin Guillermo Ramirez, AEBR Secretary General and Lena Andersson Pench, Director of European Territorial Cooperation at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) have signed the agreement that officially kicks off the Interreg Volunteer Youth (IVY) initiative.
The IVY is part of the broader European Solidarity Corps Initiative launched by the European Commission and announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union Speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 14 September 2016.
This is a 1-year pilot action to offer the possibility to young Europeans aged 18-30 to serve as volunteers in the cross-border, transnational or interregional programmes and related projects. The initiative is aimed at involving young volunteers to support, promote and report the concrete achievements of Interreg programmes and projects, as well as generally promote cooperation across European borders and related values such as solidarity. The IVY will give volunteers the opportunity to familiarise with the Interreg programmes and projects, make them aware of the many benefits of collaboration among EU internal borders as well as enhance their sense of European solidarity, citizenship and civic engagement. Moreover, thanks to the IVY, volunteers will acquire a unique experience of personal growth as well as enhancing and gaining skills that they can employ in their future experiences.
The Interreg Volunteers will support:
a) the implementation of current Interreg projects focusing on specific aspects or difficulties to be solved (Interreg Project Partner) in fields such as solidarity projects, people to people projects, CB health projects, community-based projects, projects focusing on the social dimension of European Territorial Cooperation. The Interreg Project Partner will therefore be deployed in the territory of one of the Interreg projects beneficiary; and
b) “spread the word” on the benefits of territorial integration on the ground, through reporting successful Interreg projects (Interreg Reporter). The Interreg Reporter will therefore be deployed either in the offices of the Interreg Managing Authorities and/or the Interreg Joint Secretariats.
Support and visibility through volunteering are the leitmotiv of this initiative.
AEBR has the great pleasure and honour to manage the IVY because of its great experience in the field of EU project management, its wide network across most European borders as well as its interest to support European youth and boost values such as solidarity and cooperation among Europeans of all ages.
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