European project ESPY (Experimentation on Social Policy for Youth)
ESPY is an European project that aims to develop innovative youth activation measures in order to prevent youth unemployment and exclusion, especially in rural areas. The partners involved in the project are: Diputación de Málaga (Spain), Tipperary County Council (Ireland), Universidad de Málaga (Spain), Regional Development Fund of East Macedonia and Thrace (Greece), Regional Social Welfare Resource Centre Budapest (Hungary), Provincia Regionale di Siracusa (Italy) and Agencia de Desenvolvimento Regional do Alentejo, S.A. (Portugal) ESPY has a duration of thirty months (from 1st November 2013 up to 30th April 2016) and has a total budget of 1.034.988,00 euro,827.990,40 euro co-financed (80%) by the European. The project (ESPY) is part of European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity - PROGRESS (2007-2013). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe 2020 Strategy goals in these fields. The Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies, across the EU-28, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries (http://ec.europa.eu/progress).