EU Commission holds ‘Info Soiree’ for inspiring youth to network and exchange ideas

NNA – The EU Commission in Lebanon held on Monday an “Info Soiree” at the Beirut Art Center to give the floor to inspiring Lebanese youth who have benefitted from EU-funded initiatives.

In a press release by the EU Commission, it said: “The event aimed at raising awareness of these initiatives and their direct impact on the beneficiaries, and at providing the youth and civil society with a platform to network and exchange ideas.”

In her opening speech, Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, addressed the youth by saying: “Young people are typically agents for change – because you are less set in your manners and ideas and often have new and fresh ideas about the world. We want to help you channel this energy into helping your communities and be positive agents for change.”

Ambassador Lassen highlighted the strong support of the EU to activities that benefit Lebanese youth, ranging from “basic education to both Syrian and Lebanese to vocational training and higher education for Lebanese youth through our Tempus and Erasmus+ programmes. She said: “We also fund civil society organisations that work to improve the employability of youth, others that aim at decreasing the drop-out rate of students, activities that enable youth from less privileged communities to take part in cultural activities, civil society organisations that help youth get out of drug addiction, just to name a few.”

The event, which was organised in the framework of the regional programme “EU Neighbours South””, was attended by around 100 youth and representatives of civil society organisations. A panel discussion provided the audience with information on a series of EU-funded initiatives, ranging from education and technical and vocational education and training, peace-building, entrepreneurship, and support to youth policy development and implementation. The “Info Soiree” concluded with an exhibition of selected EU-funded initiatives targeting youth.

The event coincided with the launch of the #EU4YOUTH social media campaign (on Facebook, Twitter) aiming to raise awareness of EU-funded youth initiatives in the Southern Neighbourhood countries. The campaign targets one million youth, in the 18-35 age group in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

Source: National News Agency