CED took part of the EU- Western Balkans Youth Forum

333Vladimir Gjorgjevski, Project Manager at CED took part at the EU- Western Balkans Youth Forum as a reporter of the working group for entrepreneurship. The connecting Youth- Moving forward EU- Western Balkans Youth Forum took place on 11- 12 July 2017 in Trieste in the margins of the Western Balkans summit. The forum constitutes a unique platform of exchange and dialogue, bringing together 130 young people, youth organizations, academia and decision makers from the Western Bakans and the EU Member States to discuss common challenges and work towards finding joint solutions.

The connecting Youth- Moving forward EU- Western Balkans Youth Forum took place on 11- 12 July 2017 in Trieste in the margins of the Western Balkans summit. The forum constitutes a unique platform of exchange and dialogue, bringing together 130 young people, youth organizations, academia and decision makers from the Western Bakans and the EU Member States to discuss common challenges and work towards finding joint solutions.

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The youth forum discussed the following horizontal themes relevant to the region:

  1. The work of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office(RYCO)
  2. The Young Civil Cervants Scheme/ Mobiliti of Young Professionals
  3. Erasmus+ Programme
  4. Bridging the gap between youth policy, youth participation and parliamentarians in the region.

Especially important was the part where the participants in four working groups created recommendations which were shared to the commissioner Hanh, the ministers of foreign affairs and the prime ministers of the Western Balkans countries, to be taken in consideration while creating new policies, programmes, laws and etc.

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The recommendations were created for the following 4 topics:

  1. Mobility/ Exchanges
  2. Inclusion/ Overcoming of Stereotypes
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Youth Participation

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This Youth Forum is especially important for the Youth in Macedonia and in the Balkans because they were directly involved in creating the recommendations for the work of the Governments of the Western Balkan countries, and what is mostly important the commissioner Hanh and the prime ministers agreed with most of the recommendations.

This event also put CED as a serious organization on European level, because our project manager Vladimir was involved in the expert team for finalizing the recommendations for the Entrepreneurship topic, and was presenting them to the Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations- Johannes Hanh.

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Vladimir also had a chance to present the Youth Forum and the Western Balkans process on Italian newspaper “Piccolo” and Italian TV “TGR Rai”. link: 

https://twitter.com/TgrRaiFVG/status/884799492687638531

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Now is a time for youth organizations to work upon this recommendations together with the Governments and all other stakeholders in order to make our road to the EU accession Easier and faster.

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