The International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of the SEE Countries “was initiated in 2003 to grow into a Traditional Youth Conference actively attended by more than 800 different individuals, youth leaders for the last 15 years. Back in the days, European values in the SEE countries were a significant issue affecting everyone. Now, 15 years from the organization of the first conference, the topic is still vigorous and pending, but the political – economic map of the region has notably changed. Although all countries embarked from the same point, the situation today with all of them is different.
The International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of SEE Countries “for fifteen consecutive years has existed as a forum where 60 active, successful and competent young leaders, youth workers and representatives from prominent NGOs from 16 countries are gathered. These fighters for a better future are sharing their visions, strategies, campaigns and way of thinking during the 5-day forum. They are using the Conference as an orientation marker for their future plans in the field of European values because it is well known that the conference is the perfect base for proclaiming new ideas and creating new politics.
The International Youth Conference is a unique place, a cultural crossroad with discussions being mixed such as rule of law, democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, free market economy, political inclusiveness and right of free sexual orientation, while we are putting together the jigsaw of the future.
This year, the IYC will be held from 27th of September till 1st of October for traditional 16th time.
The Conference structure
Striving towards a greater grasp, impact, and potential for sustainable youth engagement across the region, activities planned within the project “European Values for the Future of SEE Countries” were extended and divided in two key phases last year.
The Conference major goal and project objectives:
The major goal of the International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of SEE Countries” is supporting active and committed young leaders from Southeast Europe to work every day for the European future of the region.
The Conference objectives:
- Youth Leadership and Empowerment;
- Euro-Atlantic Integration;
- Youth Civic Engagement
- Stimulation of the regional cooperation
- Democratization and cross border cooperation in SEE region
- Fostering the progress in societies in SEE towards integration into the Euro Atlantic structures
More information about the International Youth Conference you can find on the official Conference web site
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