Startnet - Bari © Goethe-Institut Brüssel

Youth unemployment in Europe remains a significant problem, despite slightly declining numbers, and it has severe consequences for young people, the economy and society as a whole.

The most effective solutions bring together all the relevant actors: Schools, universities, companies, trade unions, job agencies, youth organizations, politics and administrations bundle their competences, partners and offers in order to support young people in the region with their collective impact approach.

The StartNet project pursues this preventive approach on two levels: in Italy through a pilot network in Puglia and Basilicata as well as in Brussels, in order to engage this network in a dialogue with other networks in Europe. The point is that the initiatives should learn from each other and with each other, exchange good practices and be supported in their common goals.

The project is funded by Stiftung Mercator and coordinated by the Goethe Institutes in Brussels and Rome.


European Week of Regions and Cities - workshop

Time: 10 October 2019, 9:15-10:45
Place: Square - Brussels Convention Centre, Mont des Arts, rooms 314+316
Title: A Europe for and with Young People – Regional, Collective & Participatory Action
Registration link:

For Europe to be closer to its citizens, it needs to reach out and respond to everyone. Regional, collective and participatory action are success factors. StartNet is using such an approach for young people's #TransitionToWork in the Apulia Region as well as with partners all around Europe. We want to show-case and discuss how engaging and empowering all stakeholders, in particular young citizens, prevents exclusion and delivers better results for EU-projects at the regional level. Ultimately, this results in a Europe closer to its citizens! Join us for an inspiring discussion, building on good practices across the EU, including surveys and graphic recording.

Welcoming words:
Sebastiano Leo - Regional Minister for Education and Labour Regione Puglia
Elke Kaschl Mohni – Director of the Goethe-Institut Brüssel and South-West Europe

Rossana Ercolano – Regione Puglia (IT): Puglia Competenze, StartNet in Puglia
Tea Jarc - Sindikat Mladi plus (SI): Youth Guarantee implementation in Slovenia
Álvaro Retortillo Osuna – Lanzaderas de Empleo (ES): Youth empowerment through launching pads
Vincent Verrydt - Tracé Brussel (BE): Youth vocational orientation and support through Jump Naar Werk
Moderation: Jan Wilker – StartNet Europe

9:15 Welcome words (Regione Puglia and Goethe-Institut)
9:20 Panel discussion on youth participation, collective impact & regional action in projects for young people’s transition to work.
Questions & answers as well as continuous interaction through
10:25 Policy recommendations for the regional and European levels