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Under ENI CBC MED Programme to Increase Professional Skills in the Agri-Food and Waste Management Sectors

“The €3.6 million project implements apprenticeships, traineeships and on-the-job trainings in Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia”

On February 15th 2021, the partners of the project “Mediterranean Youth, NEETs and Women advancing Skills, Employment and Awareness in the Blue and Green Economy – MYSEA” got together through a virtual meeting.

The Kick-off event started with the launch of the MYSEA project through the cooperation of speakers from the partnering countries, CIES (Italy) - UNIPA (Italy) - Eurotraining (Greece) - LDN (Lebanon) - UTSS (Tunisia) - JUST (Jordan).

MYSEA addresses the common challenges of EU and the Mediterranean partner countries: The high rates of youth unemployment, 20% to 35% of young people are unemployed and one out of four young people in the southern Mediterranean do not have a job, education or a training (NEET).
In addition, women are under-represented in the labour market due to persistent social and economic barriers and the mismatch between the legislative framework and effective implementation. The transition from education to work is hampered by the gap between the skills acquired in the educational path and those required by the labour market.
The Sustainable Development Goals (particularly SDGs 8 and 5) cannot be achieved unless sustainable economies are addressed as a priority. The Euro-Mediterranean region presents new employment opportunities for the proliferation of sustainable and ecoresponsible innovations in agri-food and waste management with a growing need for new professional profiles.

Moreover, MYSEA aims to: Promote collective reflection on future challenges, opportunities for effective action and political commitments, Deepen the centrality of cross-border cooperation to increase the employment of young people, women and NEETs, Discussion addresses the interrelated links that hinder social inclusion and gender equality, Analyze the agrifood and waste management sectors in order to exploit opportunities for economic growth and job creation.

President of CIES ONLUS, Elisabetta Melandri had an overview on the objectives, priorities, methodology and strategy of the project followed by the JTS coordinator Fabrizo Paloni spoke about the day-to-day management as well as in supporting the beneficiaries and partners in the implementation.
In turn, Senior Project Manager Lucia Conti, introduced the Agenda by giving attendees a background of the project and the importance of the related activities.

Afterwards, keynote speakers: Mohamed Madhkour, Tunisia – Paolo Orneli, Italy – Dr. Silvio Bologna, Italy – Yannis Lyeros, Greece – Laury Haytayan, Lebanon – Dr. Dominique Salameh, Lebanon – Dr. Penelope Shihab, Jordan shared complementary evidence on key drivers and outcomes of agri-food and waste management sectors and opportunity of employment for new professional profiles.

The kick-off meeting was organized with the technical support of the European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA +.

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