A natural development of the European Union’s role as a world leader is to strengthen its partnerships with immediate neighbours to the east – notably the Western Balkans – and also with Africa.
The EU already has much in common with the Western Balkans, from millennia of shared social and political history, to trade, traditions and culture. Africa, too, is a natural partner, with enormous potential for cooperation as equals, while continuing to affirm EU values of dignity and freedom.
The Erasmus+ programme is an ideal vehicle for strengthening these relationships, through its long-standing international dimension and focus on youth, mobility and education.
Two of its successful projects give an insight into the ways Erasmus+ is helping to make a stronger Europe in the world.
Learn about these projects below.
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The voice of young people is an important element in regional, national and local decision-making. By bringing together youth workers and youth organisations from different countries – both within and outside the EU – to exchange practices, better policies for young people can emerge, raising the profile of Europe in the world.
STEP to Change
The Coordinating Committee of the International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) is over 70 years old. Its goal is to pursue peace and promote non-violence through international understanding, mutual respect, friendship, exchange and cooperation among the people of the world. The STEPS project aims to improve the impact and effectiveness of international volunteering.