A two-day EU4Youth conference took place in Tbilisi on 21-22 October. The event discussed new opportunities to strengthen youth employment, entrepreneurship and participation in Georgia.
In the format of a round-table discussion, the event brought together more than a hundred local, national and international stakeholders in youth policy, to focus on youth dialogue and youth social entrepreneurship initiatives that support employment opportunities for young people in Georgia.
The first day of the meeting aimed to inform and raise awareness about the future Eastern Partnership structured dialogue with youth, and to introduce the main provisions of the EU Youth Guarantee scheme.
The second day focused on the theme of Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE), and provided an opportunity for discussion about YSE needs and challenges in Georgia. Participants heard from local NGOs dealing with Social Entrepreneurship projects, who provided insights about social entrepreneurship support mechanisms and the engagement of local actors in the field. The Youth Agency also presented its latest agenda to support Georgian youth and foster their participation in the community.
The event has also hosted local CSOs working in the field of social entrepreneurship, who highlighted the importance of national governments recognising social enterprises and adopting legislation to support them.
Finally, the panel discussion highlighted how social entrepreneurs and local universities could work to strengthen youth entrepreneurship, and future government plans for developing a sustainable ecosystem for green and social businesses in the country.
The event was organised by the EU-funded EU4Youth Programme, in partnership with the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Youth Agency in Georgia, as well as EU4Youth implementing partners in Georgia, CENN and Mercy Corps.
The EU4Youth programme was launched by the European Union in 2017 to empower young people in the Eastern partner countries. As part of the Eastern Partnership, the EU4Youth fosters the active participation of young people in society and their employability, by developing youth leadership and entrepreneurship through a variety of actions, including capacity building, fellowships, and support to policy dialogue, as well as by providing grants to organisations active in these areas.