13th International Youth Conference: European Values for the future of SEE countries

 

 

Introduction:

The 13th. 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 11th to 15th of September, 2015.  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 2015 different?

The 13th International Youth Conference “European values for the future of Southeastern European countries” brought together fifty-eight (58) active youth leaders from 16 countries (Macedonia (host country), Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Germany, Kosovo, Monte Negro, Italy, Poland, 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 2015 want to achieve?

The main aim of the International Youth Conference “European values for the future of SEE countries” is supporting of energetic and committed young leaders to work every day for a better future of Southeast Europe, young people who put aside their differences to find common ground in order to move this region step by step towards Europe.

Conference partners and supporters?

The IYC 2015 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 as well as the event was supported by the Polish Embassy in Skopje.