CABURERA’s Relay Race prepares new group for the mobility experience

From April 27 to 29, ANJE organised the Relay Race, in Tertúlia Algarvia, in Faro, Portugal. The session brought together the group returning from the first part of the mobility and the young unemployed candidates for the second part. It was a moment for exchange of experiences in preparation for the next period of the mobility.

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The three days offered many activities for the groups. On the first day of the Relay Race the now returning group evaluated their mobility experience, identifying acquired skills and their practical implementation in their work. For the group selected for the next period of mobility, the first day was dedicated for clarifying logistical questions, as well as their rights and responsibilities related to the CaBuReRa project.

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Mentoring was the main tool for the last two days of the sharing session. The first group of participants introduced the mobility to the new group, leaving them with some practical advices for the new experience of training and working abroad.

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The new elements of the second stage of the CaBuReRa program left in the beginning of May for Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, where they are having the chance of working in implementation projects with local organisations. The acquisition of professional and personal skills, networking and international workshops in project management are other useful aspects of the mobility.

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Relay Race Lebanon, a valuable experience in Baalbek

Relay Race Lebanon, a valuable experience in BaalbekUnder the framework of CaBuReRa project, co-financed by the European Union under the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme,  Planning and Development Agency organized the Relay Race, on 28th, 29th, 30th of April 2015 in Baalbeck, Lebanon. This activity saw the participation of 3 volunteers from the TG1 group – made up of Youth Workers aged 25-35 – as well as of 6 volunteers of TG2 group which includes not yet employed young people interested in international cooperation. During these three days, the TG1 volunteers shared their competences with the TG2 members, introducing them to the aims of the CaBuReRa Project. What is important to point out is that this event gave to TG1 members the opportunity to prove themselves as trainers, thus further foster the competences previously acquired.

What makes this experience really valuable is that TG2 volunteers learned from their peers, listening to them as well as asking for some useful advice.

Relay Race Meeting in Jordan- March 21st, 2015

Relay Race Meeting in Jordan- March 21st, 2015

After having the Target Group 1 (employed youth) candidates safely arrive back to Jordan from their hosting countries, enriched with new experiences and stories to share, it was time for them to meet the 2nd Target Group (Unemployed Youth) in a Relay Race meeting where they meet together for a few days to exchange knowledge, expectations and experience.

Participants of the Relay Race with the trainer Daniel

The selected TG2 to be sent for a 4 month mobility had the chance to listen to their peers on what lies ahead, the challenges they might face, and tips for their new experience. Each TG1 participant made a presentation of the country they resided in and of their experience.


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The TG2 participants also had the chance to present their expectations, for the TG1 to confirm or modify their expectations for the realities they experienced.

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As a capacity building activity, trainer Daniel gave a brief presentation of proper Resume writing, to later give the chance for TG2 participants to modify their CVs accordingly and under the mentorship of TG2.

The meeting offered a great chance for networking as well, where participants exchanged contacts, and agreed to keep in touch for any future questions or concerns they have.

Relay Race Palermo, three days to experience cooperation

Relay Race Palermo, three days to experience cooperationThe Italian RelayRace event, the real heart of the CaBuReRa project, was held in CESIE offices between March 9th and 13th 2015. It consists in an exchange of abilities and knowledge that puts into practice the keywords of  this project: Cooperation, International Exchanges, Promotion.

Some useful information to learn about CaBuReRa

CaBuReRa is an ENPI CBC MED project co-funded by the European Union. Its aim is to encourage cooperation among the Euro-Mediterranean Countries, to face in a constructive manner the crisis of youth employment.

CaBuReRa also encourages its young participants in acquiring new skills, especially in the field of project management and international cooperation, by involving 90 under-35 participants in training activities and volunteering in the Partner Countries of the project (Italy, Portugal, Greece, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine). The young people involved in the CaBuReRa project are divided in two Target Groups, called TG1 and TG2:

  • TG1 includes 30 Youth Workers, young graduates who have already worked in an NGO or have experience of voluntary work;
  • TG2 includes 60 Young Unemployed, people aged between 25 and 35, who are not yet employed and willing to make an international experience.

Usually, TG1 participants are involved in 4-month mobility projects, organised in one of the 6 Partner Countries, whilst TG2 group is to attend a 3-month training course in one of the Partner Countries, followed by a 3-month internship in their home country.

RelayRace Palermo, when cooperation comes true

Relay Race is the core of this intense activity of knowledge exchange and enhancement of new skills. It is a 3-days event during which the TG1 group, just come back from the mobility experience, “relay” to the members of the TG2 group who is going to leave. This is an essential step which represents the soul of the CaBuReRa project and gives a tangigle proof of its success.

15 people aged between 25 and 30 years took part in the Relay Race held in Palermo last March. Italian members of the TG1 group just come back from their mobility experience in Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine met the young members of the TG2 group, who were leaving for the same destinations, giving them some useful advise based on their experience.

But the Relay Race is much more than a training course: it represents an opportunity of peer evaluation, where people can share the skills they have acquired with other people involved in the CaBuReRa project. In Palermo,TG2 members had the opportunity of talking about their expectations about the project: they received some useful advice from the TG1 members, in a valuable process of cooperation and, above all, communication. Young participants talked about their feelings, but also explained the reasons that pushed them to join the project. They said that CaBuReRa is not just a way to enrich their CVs, but it also represents a way to challenge themselves by facing different cultures and doing a real experience of cooperation.

Promoting the growth of a conscious citizenship and improving intercultural dialogue by circulating good practices to redcue youth unemployment: watching the video of the Relay Race held in Palermo, you will see that these are not just good intentions, but a concrete, fruitful reality.

From ENPI to ENI: the European Neighbourhood Instrument


From the ENPI to the ENI

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Starting from 2014, the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) has replaced the European Neighbourhood Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The ENI will run until 2020 providing the framework and bulk of funding for the relations between the European Union (EU) and Partner Countries under the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Besides bilateral and multi-country programmes, support will be granted through cross-border cooperation of which the new ENI CBC “Mediterranean Sea Basin” Programme is part.

EU and Neighbours: evolving relations

Cooperation, peace and security, mutual accountability and a shared commitment to the universal values of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, are the founding principles of the special relationship between the EU and the Neighbourhood countries of the East and the South.

The aim of that partnership should be “to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterized by close and peaceful relations based on cooperation“, according to the Treaty on European Union.

Since it was launched, in 2004, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has been strengthening relations, bringing tangible benefits to both the EU and its Neighbourhood partners, including the introduction of regional initiatives and support to democratization.

The European Neighbourhood Instrument

Relations and goals will be further advanced through the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI), which has replaced the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI), so that it reflects real needs and considerations that have emerged over the years. The Regulation setting up the ENI underlines that it should give support to the implementation of the political initiatives shaping the ENP, including the Eastern Partnership and the Union for the Mediterranean.

Giving incentives and rewarding best performers, as well as offering funds in a faster and more flexible manner, are the two main principles underlying the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) worth over €15 billion from 2014-2020.

Based on the experiences gained until today, the ENI will support the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and turn decisions taken on a political level into actions on the ground.

Effective from 2014 to 2020 the ENI seeks to streamline financial support, concentrating on agreed policy objectives, and make programming shorter and better focused, so that it is more effective.

The ENI will build on the achievements of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) and bring more tangible benefits to both the EU and its Neighbourhood partners. It has a budget of €15.433 billion and will provide the bulk of funding to the European Neighbourhood countries through a number of programmes.

The 16 ENI Partner Countries are:

ENI South – Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya Morocco, Palestine, Syria*, Tunisia

ENI East – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

EU Cooperation with Syria is currently suspended due to the political situation

Relations with Russia: Russia has a special status, as relations with this country are not developed through the ENP, but a strategic partnership covering four “common spaces”. Therefore it is only eligible for ENI regional and Cross-Border Cooperation programmes, for which it co-finances projects. Bilateral cooperation with Russia is funded under the new Partnership Instrument (PI).

The ENI – what’s new?

What makes this instrument more effective, is that, under the ENI, assistance to Neighbours will:

• Become faster and more flexible, reducing the complexity and length of the programming process so that the relevance of the assistance is not undermined;
• Offer incentives for best performers through the more-for-more approach that allows the EU to increase its support to those partners that are genuinely implementing what has been jointly agreed;
• Be increasingly policy-driven based on the key policy objectives agreed with the partners, mainly in the ENP bilateral action plans;
• Allow for greater differentiation so that the EU allocates a greater proportion of funds where aid can have the highest impact;
• Aim for mutual accountability so that it takes greater account of human rights, democracy and good governance when it comes to allocating assistance.

The ENI will also encourage closer links between the EU and partner countries to enable their citizens to participate in successful EU internal programmes, such as on student mobility, youth programmes or support to civil society. Special emphasis will be given to engagement with civil society.

This funding instrument, that responds to the evolving relations between the EU and its partner countries, will continue to ensure the success of the democratisation process and improve economic and social development in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood. Itwill support the reform process already undertaken by the partner countries themselves.

Six ENI targets

  1. Fostering human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law, equality, sustainable democracy, good governance and a thriving civil society.
  2. Achieving progressive integration into the EU internal market and enhanced co-operation including through legislative approximation and regulatory convergence, institution building and investments.
  3. Creating conditions for well managed mobility of people and promotion of people-to-people contacts.
  4. Encouraging development, poverty reduction, internal economic, social and territorial cohesion, rural development, climate action and disaster resilience.
  5. Promoting confidence building and other measures contributing to security and the prevention and settlement of conflicts.
  6. Enhancing sub-regional, regional and Neighbourhood wide collaboration as well as Cross-Border Cooperation.

How support is given

Support through the ENI is programmed and given in three different ways:

  • bilateral programmes covering support to one partner country;
  • multi-country programmes which address challenges common to all or a number of partner countries, and regional and sub-regional cooperation between two or more partner countries;
  • Cross-Border Cooperation programmes between Member States and partner countries taking place along their shared part of the external border of the EU (including Russia). The ENI CBC “Mediterreanane Sea Basin” Programme is part of the cross-border cooperation component of the ENI.

Priority areas

Some of the ENI cooperation areas that will be given high priority are:

  • Boosting small businesses
  • Civil-society engagement
  • Climate change action
  • Easier mobility of people
  • Energy cooperation
  • Gender equality promotion
  • Gradual economic integration
  • People-to-people contacts
  • Transport connections
  • Youth and employment

Consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)


The European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will launch a consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

HR/VP Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn will give a press conference on Wednesday 4 March, 2015 at 11:15 in the Commission’s press room. A press release, a background note as well as the Communication will be issued on the day.

An ‘off-the-record’ technical briefing will also be organised in the press room on 3 March.

Youth Mobility in Euro-Mediterranean Seminar In Palestine


In coordination with Juhoud for Community and Rural Development; the partner organization in Palestine, CaBuReRa project participants are holding a seminar entitled: “Youth Mobility in Euro-Mediterranean”, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 10:00am in the Best Eastern Hotel.

CaBuReRa project aims to promote collaboration among Mediterranean region through mobility and professional development of young people, and to support the co-development of civil society organizations and local authorities of Mediterranean countries, in addition to develop an active networking among young people, local organizations, youth workers, public and education institutions, in order to coordinate strategies and activities aimed to facilitate the transition from education to labour market.

CaBuReRa “Capacity Building Relay Race” is an ENPI CBC MED (European Neighbourhood and Partnership – Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean) 2-year project promoting the collaboration among Mediterranean territories. In particular, the involved countries are Italy, Portugal, Greece, Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon.

Workshop in Palermo on 18/02

The CaBuReRa participants in Palermo, Italy will be organizing a ‘Transfer your experience’ workshop on the 18th of February. The aim of the workshop will be share and exchange experiences as well as to advocate and promote non formal education methods. Don’t miss it out!



“What would the shoot say if it was soundless?”

We invite you to view the unique photo gallery entitled:  | What would the shoot say if it was soundless? photographed by one of our talented CaBuReRa Portuguese participants Ms. Sara Ramos, who took the photos in Lebanon. Please join us in the inter-cultural event which will take place in Moltivolti, on Friday, February, 20, 2015 at 6:30pm. 

Get the chance to interact with people from Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, and learn more about Arabic music, poetry, culture, traditional dance and food.

 | What would the shoot say if it was soundless? |

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“Similarities between me and the reality. Between him and her. Between countries. Similarities exposed in the moment of the shooting. Lebanon in frames. The way I see it in frames.” by photograher: Ms. Sara Ramos.



Lebanon Sirian Refugees


Personal note from Ms. Sara Ramos:

“I remember that I always had a particular way of seeing the world, as my mother use to say; to pay close attention to detail and feeling things in an intense way. I’ve always worked with and for people in psychological and social areas, and it’s something that I will continue to do in my life. But photography is something that has taught me to live the moments – to capture the moment with all that it implies – light, senses, colors, feelings! I really think that the secret is in how we live the moments, and that’s one of my way to live. With my first pay-check I bought a camera and I began to explore the world in another way. I’ve been very encouraged by my friends who even offered me my first photography course! I don’t leave home without my camera, I’ll never know when that moment will come! I just know that this little window helps me to express what I have inside. Light Catcher as a friend calls me. I think I can accept that vision of me.”


Sara Ramos (10.27.83), born and lived in Olhão, Portugal, but recently changed all her life to live abroad.

Join our event: Dialogue in Euro-Mediterranean area

Join our event: Dialogue in Euro-Mediterranean area


Under the title “Stating the importance of dialogue in Euro-Mediterranean area”, and as part of the CaBuReRa project, a press conference will be held at Moltivolti, on Friday, February 20, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.


  • Vito La Fata, President of CESIE
  • Rita Quisillo, Project coordinator, CESIE
  • Renato Botti, ENPI CBC MED Programme Representative
  • Adham Darawsha, President of the Council of Cultures, Palermo
  • Serena Marcenò, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences, University of Palermo
  • Claudio Arestivo, President of Per Esempione

On the same day of the press conference,  and in celebration of the Euro-Mediterranean dialogue,  you are invited to join our inter-cultural event entitled:  ‘We Have On This Earth What Makes Life Worth Living’ which will also take place in Moltivolti, on Friday, February, 20, 2015 at 6:30pm.

Get the chance to interact with our CaBuReRa participants from Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, and learn more about Arabic music, poetry, culture, traditional dance and food.

The event will be also an occasion to present  “What would the shoot say if it was soundless”, a photo gallery by Ms. Sara Ramos, who is spending her CaBuReRa mobility period in Lebanon.

“Similarities between me and the reality. Between him and her. Between countries. Similarities exposed in the moment of the shooting. Lebanon in frames. The way I see it in frames.” by photographer: Ms. Sara Ramos.

Lebanon Sirian Refugees

As part of the ENPI programme, CaBuReRa – CAPACITY BUILDING RELAY RACE project aims at strengthening the cooperation amongst European and Mediterranean Countries.

Having 1,680,000 € budget, funded for the 90% by the European Union, CaBuReRa project promotes training, exchange and networking actions so as to develop relationships amongst youngsters, public authorities and education actors which should facilitate school-to-work transition and enhance active citizenship and intercultural dialogue by means of mobility experiences.

The project intends to involve in these activities 30 youth workers and 60 unemployed youths from Italy, Greece, Portugal, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.

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