The Barcelona Declaration, adopted in 1995, laid the foundations of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth program and stressed that youth exchanges should prepare future generations for a closer cooperation among Euro-Mediterranean partners.
The Euro-Med Youth IV Regional Programme is the result of a decision of the European Commission, taken on 1st July 2009, that approved the second part of the Annual Action Programme 2009 for the Mediterranean Region to be funded under the article 19 08 01 01 of the European Communities general budget.
The Euro-Med Youth I Regional Programme (1999-2001), established on the basis of experiences gathered in Europe, launched the activities of youth exchanges, voluntary service and support measures.
The Euro-Med Youth II (2001-2004) continued the same actions and gave special priority to strengthening the support structures. During the III Phase of Euro-Med Youth Programme (2005-2008), the program management was transferred to national authorities. Euro-Med Youth Units emerged in the following countries and territories: Algeria, Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.
The Euro-Med Youth Programme is a part of the Regional Indicative Programme (2007-2013) for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The decentralization process, initiated in the III Phase, has allowed the appropriation of the program by the Mediterranean partner countries and a closer relation with the beneficiaries through the creation of Euro-Med Youth Units.
The Euro-Med Youth IV Regional Programme reflects the priorities set out in national strategies to provide a better match with the specific needs. It aims to non-formal education and to encourage youth activities involving partners on both shores of the Mediterranean, providing funds to the Mediterranean action developers for youth implemented in Mediterranean partner countries.