Western Balkans Civil Society Forum (CSF)

The National Youth Congress was part of the activity of the Western Balkans Civil Society Forum (CSF), developed on April 26-28, by the Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI), the European Fund for the Balkans, the ERSTE Foundation and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. 

The forum focused on the overall issues of Civil Society as well as the establishment of a platform of proposals and recommendations to be presented during the Western Balkans Summit to be held in July in Trieste. The meeting began with the analysis of the Berlin Process and EU Enlargement Policy, continuing with discussions on four topics:

  • Youth Co-operation in the Western Balkans;
  • Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption;
  • Business Environment and Innovation Potential in the Western
  • Balkans: The Role of SMEs;
  • Bilateral issues.

More than a hundred leaders of civil society organizations, diplomats, officials and politicians from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and the EU participated in talks on some of the most pressing countries in the Western Balkans. 

The National Youth Congress contributed to the facilitation of the organization of the activity and participation in the discussion tables. 

Participants exchanged views and ideas on the structures and resources needed to enable sustainable and long-term youth cooperation in the region, the greatest challenges for rule of law, structures and support mechanisms that can foster the development of entrepreneurial initiatives, intercultural cooperation and the creative industry, about the possible ways to prevent further deterioration of neighborly relations in the region and to change negative trends. 

The results of the discussions will be formulated in the recommendations for the Trieste Summit over the coming weeks.

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