PRESS RELEASE BY THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIAT FOR EU PRESIDENCY 2017 AND EU FUNDS: Invitation to bid: Fund Operator for the Active Citizens Fund in Malta

Parliamentary Secretary Dr Ian Borg informs prospective bidders that an invitation to bid for fund operators for the Active Citizens Fund was published by the Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels acting as the secretariat of the EEA and Norway Grants on the following website http://eeagrants.org/News/2017/Invitation-to-bid-Fund-Operator-for-the-Active-Citizens-Fund-in-Malta

Deadline for submission is 1 June 2017 at noon.

For further information regarding this call, kindly consult the following link as well as the Financial Mechanism Office on the following email address acfund@eft.int. Please specify the country and organisation name in the subject line of your email. For further information, kindly also consult the Terms of Reference found on the same webpage.

Launch of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

Parliamentary Secretary Borg also said that the Funds and Programmes Division would also like to inform prospective bidders about the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.

The Fund has three principal support areas:

innovation and exploration;

transfer of know-how and good practice;

analysis and research.

Euros 60 million has been set aside for projects under this Fund. The amount of grant assistance applied for within a project may not be less than Euros 1 million, favouring few and large projects.

Organisations from the 15 Beneficiary States of the EEA and Norway Grants, as well as Ireland, Spain, and Italy, may apply for funding. Project consortia must consist of organisations from at least two countries, and the lead partner must be established in one of the Beneficiary States. The Fund’s focus on transnational cooperation reflects the view that unemployment among youth is a common European challenge, and common European solutions should therefore be explored.

The target groups of the Fund are young people between 15 and 29, with a special focus on 25-29 year olds. The long-term unemployed, the low-skilled, inactive women caring for children or incapacitated adults, ethnic minorities including Roma, asylum-seekers, people with mental health issues and the disabled are of particular interest to the Fund.

The deadline for project applications is 1 August 2017.

Source: Government of Malta