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Tirana Conference Hub in Tirana, Albania part of the 18th International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of the SEE Countries

Youth Alliance – Krusevo

For the first time in Albania, the International Youth Conference Krusove “EUROPEAN VALUES FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES” had a local Hub in Tirana, organised by Youth Alliance Krusevo in partnership with Young Professionals Network. The conference was joint effort of Youth Alliance-Krusevo and Friedrich Ebert Foundation, office Skopje supported by Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, sponsored by Germany and Government of Republic of North Macedonia. Different sessions were streamed via conference channels from around the region and young people had the opportunity to participate live. The conference brought together up to 80 participants from the countries from the SEE region (North Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) and guests from youth organizations partners from Germany, France and Poland in the role of mentors. During the last day the session “FUTURE OF EDUCATION: NEW OPPORTUNITIES OR NEW DIVING LINES” were develop in Albania and together with other panelists within the SEE region Mr. Otion Rrumbullaku, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth in Albania, joined us who spoked for the future of education.

Western Balkan Youth Lab

Regional Cooperation Council

The Youth Policy Lab is a flagship initiative within RCC’ Western Balkan Youth Lab project funded by the European Union that aims to provide opportunities for youth to participate in decision-making. The main components of the project include: (i) mapping of youth policies and identification of existing support gaps in financing of youth actions in the Western Balkans, (ii) Western Balkans Youth Policy Labs, (iii) strengthening national youth councils in the Western Balkans; and (iv) participation of the Western Balkans youth in regional and international events. The project strives to create a longer-term structured regional dialogue between youth organisations and governments focused on jointly devising policies which will increase youth participation in decision-making, to improve the overall socio-economic environment for and mobility of youth in the Western Balkan economies through different types of activities. Youth Policy Lab is consisted of regional events to be attended by the Regional Pool of Experts including Kick-Off of the Thematic Regional Youth Policy Lab on Youth Unemployment, Mid-Term Review Regional Meeting and Final conference. Between each of these, National Youth Policy Labs and activities of the Working Groups at economy level will provide the opportunity to adjust the recommendations and policies to circumstances at the national level as well as enable their implementation in all WB6. Young Professionals Network has actively been part of this project from the early beginning and its representatives are part of the Regional Pool of Experts. Several actions at economy level will being undertaken.

Youth DigiZone

Balkan Trust for Democracy

The stop and start nature of the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for political and development actions to be responsive, iterative and improve resiliency in the changing environment during and after the Covid19 era – which would require more nested relationships between people, institutions and governance decisions. Despite conflicts and crises in the past, joint action built on solidarity, cooperation and democracy can help build a stronger and more resilient region are needed. The “Youth DigiZone” project aims to harness digitization, remote learning experiences and digital tools to mobilize young people as purposeful citizens to reinvent a more inclusive regional cooperation process. Equally, the project aims to work with young people to raise their decision-making and advocacy skills and to help mold a generation of democratic leaders who cross- historical, geographical and cultural barriers for a fair and inclusive economy. The project is leaded from Youth Alliance-Krusevo and implemented in close cooperation with Young Professionals Network, BETA Serbia , AYES – Association for Youth Empowerment and Security Croatia, PS “MAYA”

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