Economic realities are moving faster than political realities, as we have seen with the global impact of the financial crisis. The last two years have left millions of people unemployed (23 million - 10% of EU active population). In the meantime, the global economy is moving forward. But in advanced economies such as the EU, knowledge, innovation and education are key drivers of productivity growth.

Knowledge is a critical factor with which Europe can ensure competitiveness in a global world where others compete with cheap labour or primary resources. In the perspective of the Europe 2020 Strategy and in the framework of the European Year for active citizenship, this Grundtvig Learning Partnership aims to strengthen the links between the European educational systems, the labour market and the civil society, for a better integration of young people (16-30 years) in professional and social life, as active European citizens.

Through its objectives, activities and learning process, the YES project tries to support the youth (16-30 years old) from partner countries, inside and outside the EU (considering Turkey as a Candidate State and Martinique as an Overseas French department from Central America) to be better prepared for professional and social life, equipping them with new entrepreneurial knowledge, competences and skills. The project also aims to develop their creativity and innovation spirit in order to take advantage of the financial and economic opportunities offered by the EU programs for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises), including startups. 

The project tries to answer to the common needs of partner countries, planning to develop training courses in the field of small business development, meetings with successful young businessmen, business plans competitions, conferences, meetings for information on the European labour market, among other plans.

Despite sharing very similar socio-economic backgrounds, as young people coming from different countries, their experiences differ widely and there is a wide variety of entrepreneurship educational programs in each partner country. This is why a European project may offer common and specific answers to questions concerning the youth involvement in business sector and promote the sharing of experiences that will enable them to develop the necessary insight for discovering and creating entrepreneurial opportunities and the expertise to successfully start and manage their own business.

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Edited by: Laura Davidel