EC Supports Worldwide Education and Social Protection

The European Commission has set aside an indicative 1 billion euros for its 2007-2013 thematic program for investing in people. According to Ondrej Simek of the European Commission, funding assistance will primarily be given to countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, the Mediterranean, Latin America and Africa.

Simek told Devex that the EC will support projects in the areas of NGO capacity building for child protection, youth participation, promoting decent work and social protection, protecting cultural diversity, gender equality and women's empowerment. The commission's financing will also involve efforts to provide equal access to education and vocational education and training.

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