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National reforms related to transversal skills and employability


14.Ongoing reforms and policy developments

14.5National reforms related to transversal skills and employability

Last update: 7 March 2024


The objectives of the Year of Youth 2024

The Council of Ministers, at its meeting in February 2024, decided regarding the achievement of the objectives of the year of youth 2024. The announcement of 2024 as the national year of youth aims to give visibility to youth issues, encourage the promotion of youth policies, enhance the participation of young people and their organizations in society and empower youth in general.

In the framework of the year of youth for Cyprus, new initiatives will be developed, and existing ones will be highlighted that support young people, their personal, social, economic, and professional development in a green, digital, and inclusive world. The activities will be in line with the objectives of the European Union Youth Strategy 2019-2027, as well as the priorities of the Governance Program. Its design and implementation will be based on the principles of democracy, inclusiveness, and active participation.

The main objectives of the year of youth, as decided in the council of ministers, are: 

  • The promotion of democratic participation and active participation of young people and their organizations in decision-making processes.
  • The improvement of policies that affect young people. 
  • The enhancement of young people's skills to facilitate their integration into society and the labor market. 
  • The creation of entrepreneurial initiative opportunities for young people. 
  • The promotion of the inclusion and equal opportunities 
  • The strengthening of the mental health of young people, which is very high on the priorities of the European Union.


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Funding creative business actions to shift to urban sustainability

The University of Cyprus and the Cyprus Institute represent Cyprus in the U-SOLVE project which is being implemented in the context of ENI MED 2014-2020 Cross-European Programme. The main goal of the project is identifying solutions for urban sustainable development through the implementation of entrepreneurial ideas which tackle contemporary environmental and social issues. One basic tool is the encouragement of the adoption of modern, open-innovation methods and participatory procedures within the communities of the urban web with a particular focus on the creative people and creative industries of the cities.
The U-SOLVE project supports young entrepreneurs through the creation of experimental "pathways" targeting the achievement of sustainable and comprehensive urban development. The final outcome will be the creation of an attractive environment to adopt urban development methods which will address the sustainable developmental challenges, reinforce business ecosystems and contribute in the creation of new jobs in the emerging social and environmental markets. This will be triggered by show-casing and funding ideas, suggestions and solutions which will be creative on one hand and be able to address the wide parts of the community population on the other.
In addition to Cyprus, the project is also being implemented to 5 additional partner-countries of the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine) which share common but also specific urban sustainability challenges.