YOUNG BSF: YOUTH AS A (FUTURE) (RE)SOURCE

 

 

 

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Focus area/objective: Public Policy, Legislation and Justice, Increased awareness and active involvement of civil society in policy making with emphasis on youth

 

Background on the project:

The Young Bled Strategic Forum (Young BSF) is an annual conference bringing together young leaders to engage in lively discussion and develop out-of-the-box solutions to some of the most pressing world issues. The Young BSF model has been growing and changing and has become a unique meeting place for a diverse array of young leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers, thinkers and social activists and thus, offering them a platform to share their visions, exchange ideas and connect with one-another. The Young BSF 2019 will host young leaders under the title “Youth as a (future) (re)source”.

 Young BSF 2019 will reflect the topics of the BSF and focus on sources and resources of (in)stability and look up at young people as a (re)source for the future. The young people that will attend this year’s edition of Young BSF will prove youth is a valuable resource in several ways. Young people are not solely valued as potential contributors to society, in their status as adults-to-be, but also in their present status as youth, whereby they contribute to society for the very reason that they are young, full of innovative ideas and able of thinking out of the box.

Special emphasis will be given to cross-regional cooperation. Youngsters will demonstrate such cooperation is not only necessary, but inevitable for positive next steps in democratization, human rights, sustainable development, EU integrations of WB, climate change and other cross-border topics. Young leaders have to learn from their peers from different regions, share their knowledge, ideas and know-how. Sustainable regional cooperation programs are therefore key towards a comprehensive, inclusive, and innovative approach that engages youth and prepares agents for change. In order to strengthen the regional cooperation and know-how exchange between V4, WB6, EU and beyond, project will in one place join experts from leading institutions in V4 and WB6, as well as leading youth organizations.

Strong, committed and inclusive democratic youth leadership will be of crucial importance for the process of democratization, conscientious European integration and future EU expansion in general. In our efforts to build a structured regional cooperation we must therefore bring young leaders on board in order to build tighter ties among civil societies, offer room for youth-to-youth exchanges, and enable a continuous flow of information and knowledge among the EU member states and non-EU states. 

Youth, being the essential cornerstone of dynamic civil societies, should be given an opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the regional integration,
  • Be the herald of European values and democratic leadership with dedication and perseverance,
  • Identify topics of common interest and tackle issues of shared concern for communities in the region.

Young leaders will also be selected to participate as speakers at the main event. This practice has proven its worth in past editions and to the benefit of BSF, as it brought innovative solutions and shed a light on youth perspectives. Youth will through active participation at BSF have an opportunity to meet the leaders from the governmental, business and nongovernmental sectors and join them in discussions addressing salient issues.

Project phases:

20/05/2019–23/06/2019 Planning
24/06/2019–25/06/2019 1. Preparatory event – V4 country
04/08/2019–05/08/2019 2. Preparatory event – WB country
30/08/2019–03/09/2019 Final Conference – Young Bled Strategic Forum
04/09/2019–30/09/2019 Video production
04/09/2019–30/09/2019 Writing Policy Recommendations
01/10/2019–30/11/2019 Evaluation and Reporting

Project partners:

CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE – https://www.cep.si/

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ASSOCIATION FOR UNITED NATIONS – www.unabih.org

RESEARCH CENTER OF THE SLOVAK FOREIGN POLICY ASSOCIATION – www.sfpa.sk

TOMORROW YOUTH FOUNDATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY – www.v4sdg.com

INSTITUTE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE – www.kki.hu

MODEL UNITED NATIONS PRAGUE Z.S. – http://www.praguemun.cz/

EUROPEUM INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY – www.europeum.org

BETA POLAND ASSOCIATION – www.meu-warsaw.pl/

Project Coordinator:

Meliha Muherina

meliha.muherina(at)cep.si

 

 

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Back on the Agenda: EU Enlargement and Western Balkans

“Opening the floor to discussion on the future of the EU enlargement, supported by the V4.”

 

 

 

 

 

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The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

 

 

PROJECT REPORT AVAILABLE HERE:

Back on the Agenda: EU Enlargement and Western Balkans adresses the EU enlargement fatigue and Western Balkans’ lack of will to reformSince the adoption of Thessaloniki Agenda, only Croatia joined the EU from the Western Balkans. All other countries are at different stages of the EU integration process.

A common regional challenge is, however, the slowdown of the reform process. The lack of will to reform is based on the unclear commitment of the EU to the enlargement. Young people from the WBs are losing confidence about their future in the EU.

All WB countries expect concrete messages from the EU while the EU Council as well as the European Commission with their (non)actions send clear signs of an enlargement moratorium. Different regional initiatives are apparently not enough to get EU enthusiasm back in the region. The EU has to make sure that it recommits itself to the enlargement and brings Western Balkans back on its agenda.

The one-day event organised in Brussels will trigger new debate on enlargement. Think tanks and young leaders from the region will present their up-to-date views to their EU counterparts and concrete policy recommendations will be prepared.

The Visegrad countries have been supporting the European integration of the Western Balkans based on the belief that the neighbouring region’s stability, security and prosperity can be guaranteed this way.

Through keeping the Western Balkans and the EU enlargement on the agenda and facilitating exchanges between the V4 and Western Balkans as well as the European Union, the V4 contributes to the European integration process of the Western Balkans. Furthermore, the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad cooperation handles the Western Balkans as a priority of its programme.

Project Coordinator:
Tina Mihelič
tina.mihelic(at)cep.si

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