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MEUSAC Organises another Info Session on EU Funding Opportunities

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On Thursday, March 27, MEUSAC organised the fourth in a series of information sessions on EU funding opportunities entitled: EXPLORE | EU Funds.  This session focused on various EU funding programmes related to the subject of social inclusion. Presentations were delivered by representatives from the Department for Local Government, the Funds and Programmes Division (FPD), the Planning and Priorities Co-Ordination Division (PPCD), the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA), the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity and the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality.

The EU Funding Programmes covered were; Europe for Citizens, Asylum and Migration Funds, European Social Fund, Erasmus+, PROGRESS and Equality mainstreaming in EU Funded Projects.

In his introductory address, MEUSAC Head, Vanni Xuereb spoke of social inclusion and poverty reduction as one of the five headline targets of the Europe 2020 strategy – the EU’s ten-year growth and jobs strategy. The strategy, Dr Xuereb emphasised, aims at addressing structural shortcomings in the European model and creating the conditions for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. He also referred to worrying statistics in relation to poverty in Europe such as the 24% of all the EU population (over 120 million people) being at risk of poverty or social exclusion with 9% of all Europeans living in severe material deprivation.

Dr Xuereb referred to how the EU is seeing to achieve its inclusive growth target, that is, a 75% employment rate for women and men aged 20-64 by 2020, better educational attainment, in particular a reduction is school dropout rates below 10%, at least 40% of 30-34-year olds completing tertiary education and at least 20 million less people living in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

The Head of MEUSAC spoke about the two EU flagship initiatives to boost inclusive growth: the Agenda for New Skills and Jobs, and the European Platform Against Poverty. He concluded by emphasising that EU funding for the new programming period 2014-2020 is aimed at ensuring that these targets are achieved by the EU and its Member States.

Following the presentations, participants had the opportunity to take part in the brokerage session, where participants were given the chance to meet and interact with the contact points from the different funding programmes in a dedicated brokerage session. During this session participants were able to put forward queries on any particular fund and discuss project proposals with the relevant national contact person.

More information and assistance on EU funding opportunities may be obtained from MEUSAC on 22003300 or funding.meusac@gov.mt.

This project is financed by the European Union under the Management Partnership between the European Commission and MEUSAC.

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