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About the project | THEY.EA

About the project

Towards Higher Employability of Youth, European Approach (THEY.EA) is a project supported by the Erasmus+ programme and combating youth unemployment in the European Union.

  • More than 5 million young people aged 15-24 (21.9%) are unemployed in the EU today. This means that more than one in five young Europeans on the labour market cannot find a job. In Greece and Spain, it is even one in two.
  • Young people have been disproportionately hit by the crisis. Over the last four years, the overall employment rates for young people fell three times as much as for adults.
  • The unleashed potential of job mobility to help tackle youth unemployment remains to be further developed: the workforce in employment in the EU is around 217.7 million persons of which only 7.5 million (3.1%) are working in another Member State. EU surveys show that young people are the group most likely to be mobile. 

Source: Factsheet: Addressing youth unemployment in the EU

THEY.EA wants to combat the youth unemployment in the EU through raising awareness about the European programmes and tools that can help the young people to find a job and to integrate to the labour market. The project is co-funded by the ERASMUS+ programme under the Grant Agreement Nr 2014-2-CZ01-KA205. The grant was awarded by the Czech National Agency – Dům zahraniční spolupráce.

During the project, the partners from Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy and Spain will create the following outputs:

  • IO1: Educational Curricula
  • IO2: Guide for the European job seaker
  • IO3: Training pack for the trainers
  • IO4: Project website

The educational tools will cover the following topics important for decreasing the unemployment rates of the European youngsters:

  • Basic European legislation and the European labour market
  • Available funding programmes: Erasmus+, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, European Voluntary Service and others, and how to use the funding effectively.
  • European tools for recognition of skills and qualification: ECTS, ECVET, EuroPass, European Qualifications Framework and others, and how can these be effectively used.
  • Open Educational Resources and where can they be found and used.
  • Work mobility in the EU: EURES network, the rights connected to European citizenship and other aspects and how can the opportunities of the common labor market be used.

The target group of the project is especially young people in the last years of their studies and recently graduates willing to look at their situation with a wide perspective and include the European dimension to their life plans.

However, we expect impact on three groups of people:

  1. Young people looking for a job in the EU.
  2. The people working in the supporting institutions – employees of labour offices, educational institutions etc.
  3. The staff of the partner organisations.


In the project the best knowledge from each partner country will be collected and then put together in one output that will again be distributed to the partner countries and disseminated by the partners through all available channels. Every partner will work in tight connection to the target group they worked with and include the young people into the process of the creation of the intellectual outputs. There are six different partners from Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy and Spain.

Evropská rozvojová agentura (ERA) – Czech Republic,

experience in education, project management, transfer in know-how, vocational education (eracr.cz).

Institut pro regionální rozvoj (IRR) – Czech Republic,

experience in youth work, promotion and dissemination activities, European Studies (iregio.org).

National Association of Municipal Clerks in Bulgaria (NAMCB) – Bulgaria,

access to the target group – the young unemployed as well as the supporting institutions – local governments, experience with international project management (namcb-org.bg).


education, certification (cnipapuglia.it).


experience in the area of EU funding and project management, especially but not exclusively of educational projects (oneco.org).


education in many areas, youth work, use of Open Educational Resources, development of innovative educational strategies (idze.pl).

Czech Republic

Evropská rozvojová agentura

Website: www.eracr.cz

Contact Person: Štěpána Těžká

Email: stepana.tezka@eracr.cz

Institut pro regionální rozvoj

Website: www.iregio.org

Contact Person: Lucie Musialová

Email: lucie.musialova@seznam.cz



National Association of Municipal Clerks in Bulgaria

Website: www.namcb-org.bg

Contact Person: Tanya Ivancheva

Email: ivancheva@namcb-org.bg




Website: www.cnipapuglia.it

Contact Person: Mariarosa Bochicchio

Email: info@cnipapuglia.it




Website: www.oneco.org

Contact Person: Tamara Hodas García

Email: proyectos@oneco.org




Website: www.idze.pl

Contact Person: Marek Kośnik

Email: marek.kosnik@idze.pl




European Development Agency
(Coordinator of the project)
Evropská rozvojová agentura, s. r. o.
Milady Horákové 116/109 B,
160 00 Praha 6 - Hradčany
Czech Republic
Phone: (+420) 222 769 700
E-mail: info@eracr.cz

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