About The EIDP

The EIDP is a foundation which is statutory registered in Winschoten, the Netherlands, and was founded
on the 13th of November 2006 by Luc Vocks, Olaf Koens and Leander van Delden.

    The EIDP has the following missions:
    – To encourage young Europeans in supporting democratic societies
    –      – To be a platform for developing and organizing youth projects
    –      – To promote cooperation between Western and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and the Euromed region
    –      – To develop and support more democratic and youth empowered societies
    –      – To promote human rights and social inclusion

    The EIDP network spreads all over Europe and the Caucasus which gives young people from the Netherlands possibilities to learn and develop various soft and hard skills, and experience different cultures.

    The EIDP is organised as a foundation, but it works as an active network. We strive to establish strong ties with other organizations and our project participants with a goal to initiate new local, national or international projects.

    Note: the EIDP does not have additional funds which to provide other organizations as extra financial support.


    We are project-oriented youth organization bringing together young Europeans and youngsters from European neighbouring countries to work on specific topics which directly influence their lives.

    The EIDP implements these methods:
    1) Erasmus+ Youth In Action projects
    2) Election Observation Missions
    3) Seminars, trainings for different field experts

    1) Erasmus+ Youth In Action projects

    These projects have very diverse topics and are either organized by the EIDP itself or jointly organized with a partner. The aim of these projects is to build up skills and competencies of youth workers, volunteers or other
    organizations to be used in their work with the youth. These projects are financed and all participant expenses are covered with the support of European Commission ‘Erasmus+: Youth in Action’ programme.

    2) Election Observation Missions

    The election observation missions (EOM) aim to observe elections in the European Union (EU) and neighbouring countries of the EU unbiased. This is a unique possibility for young people not only to get an insight in the democratic procedures of other countries but also to can compare the election procedures conducted in their home countries. These EOMs are a unique experiences offered to young people, as the possibility of them joining the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe organized missions is very limited.

    3) Seminars, trainings for different field experts

    We are sending experts to different trainings and seminars throughout Europe to enable a knowledge-transfer among young people. Themes are diverse and we are always happy to share our knowledge and experiences.
    Coming from different backgrounds youngsters are involved in intercultural dialogue which ultimately will broaden their point of views and enrich their perspectives of other cultures, youth issues, etc.

    The purpose of our projects is to encourage young people to become more understanding with culturally, ideologically, ethnically and socially determined differences which exist in our societies and, most importantly, to increase the tolerance towards each other.

    The discussions, debates, cross-country interaction and joint activities by all participants are fostering young people’s sense of European citizenship. Through peaceful cooperation and constructive dialogue these jointly developed projects across the whole Europe and its neighbouring countries are improving youths understanding of their respective roles regarding a common future of Europe.


    The EIDP team consists of volunteers who have an extensive experience in Western Europe and Eastern Europe/Caucasus region cooperation projects. The board members have studied International Relations, Law and History, both with a focus on and a great interest in Eastern Europe, also for the developments in the Euromed Region.

    1) Organizations/NGO’s
    The EIDP gladly cooperates with other youth non-profit organizations. We are a reliable partner for all projects regarding Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and the Euromed region. Is your organization interested in jointly developing projects with the EIDP? Contact us!

    2) Individuals

    If you are interested in volunteering for a youth NGO or taking part in project-related work or even organizing your own project, we are always welcoming new EIDP team members! We have a wide pan-European contact network where our partners are ready to cooperate on new projects.

    1) Strong team
    The EIDP team members are dedicated to work towards our organization’s aims. They have gained experience working on a wide range of different projects across Europe and the Caucasus.
    2) Track record
    The EIDP has been active for 12 years and in that period we have acquired an impressive track record.
    3) Partner network
    Our partner network currently consists of 300+ contacts all across the European, the Caucasus and the Euromed region.
    4) EIDP is trustworthy
    Our organization and its board have a good reputation, both domestically and internationally.
    5) Expertise on funds
    We have profound knowledge about funding opportunities, ranging from institutions as Council of Europe and European Commission to private donors and respectable foundations.



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