The Malta Crafts Foundation is taking part in the “NEXT – Young NEETs shaping EXpectations for The future of Europe” project, which involves partners from eight EU countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, and Malta) and foresees nine transnational events combined with activities and workshops at a local level in each country.

With the direct participation of youths from across the partner countries and local authorities, the programme aims to understand which tools and opportunities at local and EU level can stimulate youths’ growth as humans, students, and employed people, taking into consideration important themes such as gender equality and equal opportunities from a youth perspective.

For this purpose, the project aims at creating a well-structured and shared path of dialogue and discussion among young people, and between them and the local authorities involved. It also seeks to equip young participants with the tools to think about their future, whilst also offering them the chance of debating with peers in order to propose ideas and improvements to their current situation.

Throughout the duration of the project, each partner is hosting a transnational event focusing on a specific theme that is very current to young people aged between 18 and 30 years old, and particularly those who are still looking for a job or are in their first work experience.

Reflecting its role in the project, which relates to the significance of culture and heritage as a possible employment option for today’s youths, the Malta Crafts Foundation will be hosting the eighth transnational meeting in Malta with the theme “European Cultural Heritage as foundation for a common future”.

In between the transnational meetings, the project partners have committed to organise at least three local activities through the discussion is taken at a local level in their cities, involving schools and associations in charge of young people’s issues, thereby spreading the project outcomes and contributing towards the collection of more representative inputs.

The project is co-funded by the EU through the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values (CERV) Programme.

View the main themes being discussed during the project, each linked with a transnational meeting, along related news in the list at the bottom of this page.

Analyzing the general situation of young people and their job opportunities, at EU and Partners’ countries level (18-35), with a focus on NEET’s status.

Transnational Meeting – Municipality of Faenza, Italy

Analyzing the general situation related to Gender Equality at EU and Partners’ countries level, also with a focus on the situation among young people.

Transnational Meeting – Municipality of Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

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  • Taking place in Q2 2024

Analyzing the effects that wars have on young generations, with a particular focus on the example of the war in Ukraine.
Transnational Meeting – Municipality of Daugavpils, Latvia

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  • Taking place in Q4 2024

Analyzing the general situation of cultural diversity and inclusion, at EU and Partners’ countries level, with a focus on the social inclusion of young people.
Transnational Meeting – Municipality of Boleslawiec, Poland

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  • Taking place in Q4 2024

Analyzing the general situation of cultural diversity and inclusion, at EU and Partners’ countries level, with a focus on the social inclusion of young people.
Transnational Meeting – Municipality of Boleslawiec, Poland

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  • Taking place in 2025

Analyzing the general situation related on climate change and sustainability, exploring also the role that young people may have on this topic.
Transnational Meeting – Municipality of Lousada, Portugal

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  • Taking place in 2025

Analyzing the job opportunities within creative arts, with a special focus on young people.
Transnational Meeting – Mesa Gitonia Municipality, Cyprus

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  • Taking place in 2025

Analyzing how the European Cultural Heritage can represent an opportunity for young people in terms of access to culture, training, and job creation.
Transnational Meeting – Malta Crafts Foundation, Malta

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  • Taking place in 2025