The 12th International Youth Conference “European values for the future of Southeastern European countries” was five days of intensive work that took place in Krusevo, Republic of Macedonia from 25th to 29th of September, 2014. The conference consisted of plenary sessions, panel discussions and interactive workshops which provided insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of young people all over Southeast Europe. The conference was an ideal opportunity for networking and for discussions between different stakeholders. The program also introduced participants to a variety of funding and support programs that can be used for regional cooperation projects. This all led to an impressive set of action plans, aimed at bringing the European values as system of values close to our societies.
What made the IYC 2014 different?
The 12th International Youth Conference “European values for the future of Southeastern European countries” brought together fifty-five (55) active youth leaders from 15 countries (Macedonia (host country), Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Germany, Kosovo, Monte Negro, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) to discuss the current issues and explore new approaches in youth policy and youth work across the Southeastern European Countries. Having such a diverse group of youth leaders around the table is already an achievement in itself. The conference welcomed representatives from youth NGOs, youth networks, National Youth Councils, eminent experts on specific fields, policy-makers and researchers.
What did the IYC 2014 want to achieve?
The overall aim of the International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of Southeast European Countries” is promotion of the European values among the active young people from SEE region.
Specific objectives for the conference 2014:
- To facilitate effective partnerships between active young people and youth organizations from SEE region aiming at promotion of European values as common values;
- To facilitate a process that strengthens effective youth participation in the decision making process by providing an learning experience that will equip the participants with skills and competences for promotion of active citizenship among the young people;
- To create an inclusive platform with youth that enables them to share ideas, experiences and innovative approaches for effectively contributing to the youth unemployment issue;
- To establish a follow-up mechanism that will support the young people in the regional implementation of the common conclusions.
Conference partners and supporters?
The IYC 2014 was organized by Youth Alliance–Krusevo in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Foundation, office Skopje and it was supported by the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe sponsored by Germany.