EU and the Western Balkans: Towards Renewed Trust (RYCE - Final Project Conference)
REGIONAL YOUTH COMPACT FOR EUROPE – Final Project Conference
Thursday, 1st July 2021, from 10.00h to 14.30h
The conference will discuss the relationship between the European Union and the Western Balkans societies through the prism of European integration and youth participation. In the first panel, the central topic will be the current relationship between the Western Balkans societies and the European Union. The second panel is dedicated to young people and their expectations from European integration. At this panel will be presented research on this topic. Democracy at the local level and Civic initiatives will be discussed at the third panel, where the panelists are representatives from local organizations from 3 WB countries.
- Mateja Norčič Štamcar, Deputy Head of Delegation/Charge d’affaires, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia
- Nataša Vučković, Executive Director, Center for Democracy Foundation
- Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General, European Association for Local Democracy ALDA, France
- Sonja Licht, President, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Serbia
- Prof. dr Gordana Đurović, Faculty of Economics, University of Podgorica, Montenegro
- Daša Šašić Šilović, Chair, CEE Network for Gender Issues, Croatia; President, European Partners for the Environment
- Saša Magazinović, Member of Parliament, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Remzi Lani, Executive Director of the Albanian Media Institute, Albania
- Nataša Vučković, Executive Director, Center for Democracy Foundation, Serbia
- Ana Krstinovska, Founder and Director, ESTIMA, North Macedonia
Moderator: Antonela Riha, journalist
Opening perspectives for the youth in the Western Balkans is one of key issues of the RYCE project. In three-year project implementation period, the partners organized gatherings, workshops, debates seminars and summer schools where young people from the Western Balkans actively debated their priorities, constraints and paths that could bring change in the position of young generation. Two surveys were equally produced – the Comparative Study YOUTH TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL IN THE EU INTEGRATION PROCESSES AND POST-COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS IN THE WESTERN BALKANS will be presented at this session and will be followed by debate of representatives of youth organizations and RYCE and Politeia School alumni.
- Dragan Srećković, Researcher, Serbia
- Djordjo Cvijović, RYCO, Serbia office
- Anja Jokić, National Youth Council of Serbia (KOMS), Serbia
- Ivana Jacheva, Northern Macedonia
- Marjana Koceku, Albania
Moderator: Stefan Simić, Program Coordinator, Center for Democracy Foundation
Local democracy was the second key issue addressed by the RYCE project. Balkan Network for Local Democracy was strengthened and was made more vocal in the region. As part of ALDA, local democracy agencies and other ALDA members and partners in the Western Balkans contribute to establishing dialogue with local stakeholders, focusing on key priorities such as socio-economic development, green agenda, vulnerable groups, interethnic dialogue etc. Fostering active citizenship, promoting EU perspective of the Western Balkans, monitoring reforms in cities and municipalities throughout the region were in the core of the network activities during the RYCE project. At this session, the project partners will present their results and discuss problems they identified with aim to build future partnerships and cooperation among different sectors, countries, cities and municipalities.
- Stanka Parać, LDA Subotica, Serbia
- Maja Vejzović, LDA Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Kerim Međedović, LDA Nikšić, Montenegro
Moderator: Katica Janeva, ALDA Skopje
The Conference is the final event organized within the three-year regional project “Regional Youth Compact for Europe“ (RYCE) which started in 2018 and it is now in its final year with closing in July 2021. The project is coordinated by the Center for Democracy Foundation (CDF), with 13 partners from Western Balkan and European network ALDA.
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Center for Democracy Foundation
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- EU Support to Serbia and COVID-19