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Youth and Negotiations with the European Union

The positive response of Albania’s EU candidacy has brought the country into a new phase for the preparation of the negotiations. At this point, it is important to inform the wider population of the integration process and what this means for Albania was undertaken the project “Youth and EU Negotiations”. 

The project aims to inform youth organizations in Albania about Membership Negotiations and specifically on Chapters 19 and 26. During the meetings in 10 cities of Albania, a deep presentation and discussions on the European Union, membership negotiations, youth influence and youth policies, as well as contribution that youth organizations can offer, has been developed. It is discussed about the situation Albanian youth are, problems and possible suggestions on how young people can influence the improvement of this situation. 

Emphasis is placed on the great need young people have for information about the integration process, European values and intercultural communication. Albanian civil society, but also the region, are increasingly taking on the importance and the lack of relevance in the context of the political integration of the respective countries in the European Union. 

The Berlin Process, as a multidimensional process, provided space for civil society recommendations, building several mechanisms in a joint government / civil society, and adapting proposals on new topics to be taken into account throughout the integration process. 

However, it is necessary to extend this approach in a wider and more substantial way, especially in the most disadvantaged areas and to those researchers, activists or organizations who were not given the opportunity to approach or participate. 

Above all, awareness of successful closure of negotiating chapters is a first step in creating a successful model for constructive dialogue between society and the civilian component.

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Democracy in my eyes

The “ACT for SOCIETY” Center under the auspices of Raiffeisen Bank Albania and with the support of the National Youth Congress and Y-Peer Albania held on May 24th the event “DEMOCRACY IN THE EYE OF MI” where young people unfold their talents in literature, painting and music in order to demonstrate their perception of democracy. 

This project brought a variety of artistic works from many young people and three awards in the categories: Essay, Painting and Video.

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Connecting Youth Platform

The platform is an initiative of the Cooperation and Development Institute and supported by the Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung. 

The platform services and functions are consistently coordinated with the National Youth Congress and the Krovna Organizacija Mladih Srbije, which provide support for the platform. 

The main purpose of the platform is to provide youth organizations, CSOs, informal movements, groups or individuals, initially from Albania and Serbia and then from across the Western Balkans, a resource center where they can find partners for joint activities, exchange initiatives, youth projects, where to discuss cooperation ideas, create joint activities, get advice and implement those projects together. 

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The importance of the votes

Liburnetik with the support of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – Tirana Office and in co-operation with the National Youth Congress, European Movement Albania and Citizens Channel realized the project “The Voting Power”. The project started its implementation in March this year. 

This project aimed at bringing to the attention of Youth the importance of voting as a fundamental feature of a democratic and pluralistic society and as the right / duty of every citizen. 

The activities carried out in Durres, Korça, Gjirokastra, Vlora and Fier have also introduced the introduction of artistic installations in the context of the awareness raising campaign to promote the primary role that young people have in the decision-making process. 

The installations, which occupy the main part of the activities, attracted the attention of not only young people but also other citizens who showed interest in the message that the installation conveyed. 

It also became a viral campaign with an awareness video on the importance of voter turnout involving all youth groups to provide a more inclusive message. 

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