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 1000 different individuals, youth leaders for the last 19 years. Back in the day, European values in the SEE countries were a significant issue affecting everyone. Now, 19 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“ has existed nineteen consecutive years as a forum where 60 active, successful and competent young leaders, youth workers and representatives from prominent NGOs from 16 countries are gathered every year. These fighters for a better future are sharing their visions, strategies, campaigns and way of thinking during the 5-day forum.
The International Youth Conference is a unique place, a cultural crossroad aiming to mobilize young leaders from SEE to reinvent a more inclusive regional cooperation process. Equally, the conference aims to work with young leaders from the region to raise their decision making and advocacy skills and to help mold a generation of democratic leaders who cross historical, geographical and cultural barriers will support the EU integrative process of/within the region .
The 19 edition of the IYC, traditionally took place from September 30 till October 4 in Krushevo, North Macedonia under the general topic “The Regional Transformation” and aimed to provide youth answers to some of the most pressing questions of the region, focusing on the European integration, in times of unprecedented change.Over 60 young activists from 16 countries, within the International Youth Conference "European Values for the Future of the SEE Countries", debated on the European future and the youth-led transformation of the region, as well as greater integration and digital transformation of our societies.
This year, in 2021, the conference took place as a real hybrid conference, integrating the following formats:
▪️ hybrid (format takes place at a physical venue, speakers can join in online, interactive, live participation is also possible online – there is an online audience and a physical on
▪️ digital (formats that are not physically-participants can attend online)
▪️ analogue (formats that exclusively take place in Krusevo and can only be attended in person – no online audience)
The common thread of #IYC2021 was formed by five thematic tracks:
1. Regional Transformation
2 . Securing the European future of the region
3. Youth -led transformation of the integrative politics of the regiom
4. Sustainable and digital transformation of the region
5. How much does the future cost?
The conference brought up together up to 60 participants from the countries from the SEE region (North Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) and guests from youth organizations partners from Germany, France and Poland in the role of mentors.
During the 19th International Youth Conference, six panel sessions with 25 panelists were held, covering 5 topics. Since we strongly believe that the involvement of those who are the subjects of the policies to be developed is essential, the young participants of the conference were given the chance to participate in working groups in order to develop their visions for the region, propose policies and measures, as well as youth actions which will contribute to the realization of the created visions. In total, the 60 participants of the conference were divided in 3 working groups and, with the assistance of 3 facilitators and 3 reporters, came up with the following vision, recommendations for implementing that vision, and pledges for actions they commit to taking in order to ensure their vision is carried through, in the following 5 topics:
1. Inclusion, cooperation and partnership
2. Security, rule of law and corruption
3.Youth participation in the decision-making processes
4.Sustainability and greener region
5.Digitalisation and innovation
Let the regional transformation begin !
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