Young people from the Balkans
During the summit of the Western Balkans, held on 27 August 2015 in Vienna, the prime ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia signed a joint declaration on the creation of the Regional Office for youth cooperation in the Balkans (RYCO) that aims to accelerate dialogue, exchange, mutual understanding and friendship between the countries of the six countries of the Western Balkans. The Franco-German Youth Office (OFAJ / DFJW), which has 50.- years of experience in similar projects follows the project which involves the representatives of two – one from civil society, and the other from the Ministry of Youth from each of the six countries. The working group is tasked to submit to March their governments modalities of organization and jurisdiction of regional offices.
France and Germany, which have rich experience in reconciliation, exchange of young people and the implementation of intercultural projects, help this project in the hope of its realization, and the official opening of the regional office to be staged in July 2016, during the next summit to be held in Paris.
Among the tracked events of this working group meeting, embassy of Germany and France together with the French Institute and the Goethe Institute, organized on Thursday 18 February 2016, a round table where young people and representatives of civil society organizations presented the results that were achieved. At the beginning of the audience addressed by charges d’affaires both embassies, Danny Duven and Alexander Jung, in the presence of Mrs. Beatrice Angran, Secretary General of l’OFAJ / DFJW. After the round table, organized a reception for all participants at the French Embassy.