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Beyond Borders – Neighbours Together is a long-term strategic project on youth cooperation between programme and partner countries within Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps programmes. Its objectives are:

Supporting more and higher quality projects involving cooperation between programme and partner countries, will further contribute to the dissemination of the core principles of the EU Youth Strategy and the Youth Goals in these countries and thus support quality youth work in Europe and beyond.


The Beyond Borders strategic partnership develops in the following areas defined by the project’s objectives: Practical / grass-root level activities, such as …

National Agencies staff meeting on cooperation between the programme and the neighbouring partner countries 8-9 September 2022 Sarajevo Read the full report …

The following areas have been identified in consultation process with international youth work stakeholders in the neighbouring partner countries (2021) as well …

The motivation to run the beyond borders -neighbours together project draws from the evidence that cooperation between programme and partner countries bring strong added value to all organisations involved:

Cooperation between programme and neighbouring partner countries contributes to the development of communities and the relations between the European Union and its neighbourhood. Looking to the neighbouring partner countries, experience gained since 2000 has shown that the European youth programmes represent important tools for youth work development in the different regions.

In most of the neighbouring countries the programmes are unique tools for the organisations to experiment with non-formal learning, to build young people’s and youth workers’ competencies, to foster intercultural learning, to increase their level of awareness about Europe and to include youth with fewer opportunities into their work. The European Solidarity Corps’ Quality Label provides opportunities for small NGOs to be recognised on an international level and to gain access to specific training. The programmes have been the engines for creating new networks, training youth workers and trainers and increasing the recognition of youth work.

At the same time, experience also indicates that the cooperation between programme and neighbouring partner countries offers an added value and dimension for the partners based in Programme countries. Partnerships and projects involving partners from neighbouring regions foster intercultural learning, awareness and respect of pluralism and diversity, critical thinking as well as a stronger interest in democratic citizenship and human rights issues. This is due to cultural differences and/or a particular interest in the political dimension of the youth cooperation, as these projects tend to address many issues that are currently discussed in our societies. Finally, an external view on the EU contributes to raising youth workers’ and young people’s awareness of the specificities as well as recognition of the benefits offered by the EU.

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