The photo exhibition "Empowering young people in Europe" organised by European Commission in co-operation with the governments of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, was launched under the patronage of Commissioner Vassiliou last 19 June.
Since 1994, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, - all three Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - and the EU, cooperate in the field of education, training and youth in the context of the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement.
This cooperation is extended to the Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020), which aims at boosting skills and employability of young people, notably through formal and non-formal learning mobility, as well as to modernise education, training and youth work. The exhibition illustrates young persons' active involvement in society and displays projects involving young people and youth workers in youth exchanges, in the European Voluntary Service or in training activities supported by the Youth in Action programme (2007-2013).
Chiara Gariazzo, Director for "Erasmus+, Youth and Sport" opened the exhibition followed by Mr Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director General for Directorate for Education and Culture, who underlined the fruitful cooperation since 20 years between the European Union and Iceland, Liechtenstein in Norway in the youth field and the important role of the EU to promote mobility, solidarity and volunteering work for young people.
Miss Līva Rudzīte-Mičule contributed with a personal testimony, how receiving a scholarship from EEA and Norway Grants positively impacted her life. Mr Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister of EEA and EU affairs, Ms Asta Magnusdottir, Icelandic Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and H.E. Kurt Jäger, Ambassador of Liechtenstein to the EU highlighted the importance of creating opportunities for young people in Europe.