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Quality Label of the Council of Europe

22-05-2018

Municipal Enterprise "Youth Center Plovdiv" has been awarded with the Council of Europe Quality Label. The prize was given to deputy mayor Georgi Tityukov and the director of the municipal enterprise Dimitria Andonova today at an official ceremony by Gordana Berjan, Director of the European Youth Center in Budapest and Program Coordinator.

The "Quality Label" is being developed to show that it is possible for youth centers to connect their activities with the Council of Europe's policies and share its values ​​by becoming part of a wider network that fosters activities in five specific areas - education, social work, youth development, knowledge and innovation, exchange of good practices across borders.

The focus is on quality, not on quantity, and in order to obtain such a certificate, the centers undergo a very thorough assessment.

Personally, deputy mayor Georgi Tityukov placed the Quality Label in a prominent position at the entrance to the youth center building.

"This is a favourite place for both the young people in the city and those living in the region," said Georgi Tityukov and thanked for the efforts of all the people who supported the activities of the youth center.

According to him, a lot of work has been done that has contributed to the realization of the project for establishment of the youth centre. Undoubtedly the support of Plovdiv Municipality was essential and it consists in the construction of the sports zone and the playground nearby.

The ceremony was attended by the chairman of the municipal council, Savina Petkova, the mayor of West District of the city of Plovdiv Dimitar Kolev, the mayor of Trakia district Kostadin Dimitrov, municipal councilors, directors of municipal enterprises, and guests from the youth centers of Dobrich, Vratsa and Stara Zagora.

Youth Center Plovdiv is the second in Bulgaria and the twelfth in Europe, which has been awarded. This happens after the center applied for  the award in 2016 and it was visited in September 2017 by  the Council of Europe experts.

Their assessment is based on infrastructure and activities implemented by the youth workers and Roma mediators, who provide services for the young people seven days a week and completely free.

"The award of the Quality Label means that we are already part of the international network of youth centers and we have international recognition, „explained Dimitria Andonova.

According to her, the team of the centre constantly works with young people from Plovdiv schools, and various campaigns are implemented in municipalities in the region.  She also said that many meetings, discussions and trainings on human rights, discrimination, active citizenship, the rule of law, etc. were held.

"Youth Center Plovdiv is a place with a lot of positive energy and youth-led activities. Youth policies, youth cooperation and the promotion of youth participation and quality work are key priorities of the Council of Europe. Our goal is to mobilize young people to participate in democratic processes, respecting their rights, regardless of gender, ethnic or social origin, sexual orientation, religious or cultural affiliation, „said Gordana Berjan.

In the summer months from June 4 to September 15, the Youth Center will provide the training halls and the sport area for three children's daycares organized by sports clubs.

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Project "Establishing Youth Centre in the city of Plovdiv", with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014 ДО3-9/28.01.2014