Frequently asked questions

What is the Erasmus plus?

Erasmus+ is the EU program for education, training, youth and sport for the period from 2014 to 2020. It is aimed at strengthening the skills and employability of European citizens as well as improving education, training and work in the field of youth and sports. The main objectives are that two-thirds of the budgetary resources allocated to individuals for learning opportunities abroad, inside or outside the EU; the rest of the funds intended to support partnerships between educational institutions, youth organizations, businesses, local and regional authorities and non-governmental organizations and for the reform in order to modernize education and training and promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employability.

How to go to school in other EU countries?

As EU citizens, your children are entitled to attend school in any EU country under the same conditions as nationals of that country. They have the right to be placed in a class with their own age group, at the equivalent level to their class in your country of origin - regardless of their language level. If you are an EU national migrating to another EU country for work, your children are entitled under EU law to receive free language tuition in your new home country to help them adapt to the school system there. Be aware that the school system in your new home country may be very different from what you are used to. In some countries, for example, children are separated very early into academic or vocational streams. This is why there is no automatic EU-wide recognition of school certificates. In some countries, you must ask the national authorities to recognise your children's school certificates before you can enrol them in a local school.

How to study abroad in the EU?

If you are a student, you may have a chance to do part of your studies abroad or complete a traineeship in a company through Erasmus+.
Link: If you are interested in doing part of your studies abroad, you should first contact your own university. Your home university must recognise your period of study abroad as counting towards your degree, provided you complete the study programme agreed in advance of your exchange. With Erasmus Mundus, you can enrol in a postgraduate degree programme jointly offered by universities based in different EU countries - in certain cases, even outside Europe. You study or conduct research in at least two countries - and are awarded a joint, double or multiple degree as a result. Scholarships for Erasmus Mundus are available for students from Europe and all over the world. 

What is SOLVIT?

SOLVIT is a service provided by the national administration in each EU country and in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. SOLVIT is free of charge. It is mainly an online service. Although there is a SOLVIT centre in each country, the best way to contact them is via this website.

SOLVIT aims to find solutions within 10 weeks – starting on the day your case is taken on by the SOLVIT centre in the country where the problem occurred.

When can SOLVIT help?

SOLVIT can help you when:
  1. your EU rights as a citizen or as a business are breached by public authorities in another EU country andyour EU rights as a citizen or as a business are breached by public authorities in another EU country and
  2. you have not (yet) taken your case to court (although we can help if you’ve just made an administrative appeal).

How to get a job in the EU and what is EURES?

URES - the European employment service associate is the networks established to facilitate the free movement of workers within the European Economic Area, Switzerland is also included. Partners in the network are public employment services, trade unions and employers' associations. The European Commission coordinates the network.

The main objectives of EURES:
  1. To inform, guide and provide advice potentially movable workers regarding employment opportunities, as well as the living and working conditions in the European Economic Area;
  2. To assist employers wishing to recruit workers from other countries; and
  3. Provide advice and guidance to workers and employers in cross-border areas.

How to get a job in the EU institutions and what is EPSO?

The EU institutions employ over 40 000 men and women from the 28 EU member countries. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) organises 'open competitions' to select personnel for permanent and non-permanent positions. Besides permanent staff, the EU also employs contractual agents and temporary staff, offers traineeships and maintains databases of area experts.

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is the first port of call for anyone wanting to work for the EU. Its website explains the selection process and gives advice on preparing for competitions. 

Recruitment of permanent staff:
  • EPSO organises 'open competitions' to select permanent staff. Competitions measure candidates' skills through a series of tests and assessments, ensuring the very best people are selected. Each year there are competitions for administrators, linguists, interpreters, translators, secretaries and other staff categories.

How to Apply for EU funding?

The EU provides funding for a broad range of projects and programmes covering areas such as:
  • regional & urban development
  • employment & social inclusion
  • agriculture & rural development
  • maritime & fisheries policies
  • research & innovation
  • humanitarian aid.
Management of funds

Funding is managed according to strict rules to ensure there is tight control over how funds are used and that the money is spent in a transparent, accountable manner.

As a group, the 28 EU Commissioners have the ultimate political responsibility for ensuring that EU funds are spent properly. But because most of the funding is managed within the beneficiary countries, responsibility for conducting checks and annual audits lies with national governments. 

Over 76% of the EU budget is managed in partnership with national and regional authorities through a system of "shared management", largely through 5 big funds - the Structural & Investment Funds. Collectively, these help to implement the Europe 2020 strategy.

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – regional and urban development
  • European Social Fund (ESF) – social inclusion and good governance
  • Cohesion Fund (CF) – economic convergence by less-developed regions
  • European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) 
  • European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
Other funds are managed directly by the EU. These are provided in the form of:
  • Grants for specific projects in relation to EU policies, usually following a public announcement known as a 'call for proposals'. Part of the funding comes from the EU, part from other sources.
  • Contracts issued by EU institutions to buy in services, goods or works they need for their operations – like studies, training, conference organisation, IT equipment. Contracts are awarded through calls for tender.

Recipients of tenders, grants, or development aid earmarked for non-EU countries are published online.

Applying for funding

Small businesses

Can obtain EU funding through grants, loans and guarantees. Grants provide direct support, while other funding is available through programmes managed nationally.

Non-governmental & civil society organisations

May be eligible for funding, provided they are active in EU policy areas and on a non-profit basis.

Young people
Two main types of funding:
  • Education & training - study opportunities through Erasmus+, support for pupils nearing the end of secondary education, and vocational training in another country
  • Youth – co-funding of projects which encourage civic involvement, volunteer work and a broader multicultural outlook. 

Between 2014 and 2020, the EU will provide almost €80bn in funding for research, mainly through its flagship research programme Horizon 2020. This funding usually takes the form of grants, to part-finance a broad range of research projects.

Farmers & rural businesses

Most farmers in the EU are eligible for direct income-support payments. Around a third of these are given in return for green farming practices (maintaining permanent grassland, crop diversification, etc.). 

Farmers also receive money based on the amount of land they hold – again in return for employing eco-friendly farming methods that preserve biodiversity, soil and water quality and keep emissions low.

EU funding also helps farmers train in new techniques and upgrade or restructure their farms. And it is also applied more broadly to improve life in rural areas, by creating jobs and providing basic services.

In addition, under rural development, young farmers can benefit from specific support for setting-up their business as well as from higher support rates for investment they make in the business.

Where to find help and advice for citizens of EU member states and their families?

Web address Vaša Europa is created for Help and advice for EU nationals and their family, to learn their rights and get practical advice that will help them to move within the European Union and get information about travel, work and retirement, vehicle formalities, residence formalities, education and youth, health, family and consumers.

Where to find Practical guide to doing business in Europe?

On the web site Vaša prilika, you can find a practical guide to doing business in Europe as well as information related to start and grow businesses, taxation, selling, employees, product requirements, financing and funding, public contracts and the environment.

Where to find general information about the European Union?

On the Official website of the Europske unije you can find information on how the EU works, the EU in brief, institutions and bodies, countries, symbols, history, facts and figures and various useful EU publications. 

What is Eurodyssey Eurodyssée?

Eurodyssée/Eurodyssey is the international youth exchange programme between the member regions of the Assembly of European Regions (AER) that was established in 1985 and has been successfully carried out for 30 years. The programme enables young people to acquire professional experience in different areas (tourism, culture, media, information technology, architecture, agriculture, administration etc.) and besides professional training, it also enables learning or mastering a foreign language. The programme lasts 3 to 6 months and is carried out in about forty European regions that are currently included in the programme.  
The Eurodyssée programme is the first interregional programme for young people with the aim to integrate them in the world of work, by offering them the possibility to gain professional experience in a foreign country. The objectives of the programme are, besides acquiring professional experience and language learning, to introduce them to the host region through various cultural activities, to create European consciousness, interregional connection and to enable a faster and high quality employment.

Eurodyssée relies to a network of partners organized between the regions and to the exchange of experience and international cooperation. Regions individually decide about the final selection and number of participants as well as about the programme organization in their area. Each region covers the costs of stay of programme participants in its area and it sends its candidates in other European regions on a reciprocity basis.
The Programme is designed for young people with residence in one of the member regions of the international organization Assembly of European Regions (AER) that participates in the programme. Young people that can participate in the programme are between 18 and 30 years of age, they completed their education (secondary school or university) and now are in search of possibility to acquire professional experience outside their country and to learn a new language or master a foreign language they already know how to speak. The participants must actively speak at least one foreign language.

The Region of Istria, which has been a member of the Assembly of European regions since 1994, joined the programme in 1996 and has been actively and continually carrying it out since then. Until today, more than 158 young people from the Region of Istria participated in the programme, while 117 young Europeans stayed in Istria. 

Every two years the Region of Istria publishes a call for the collection of applications to determine the list of candidates who want to participate in the programme.

More information about the programme: