“European Values for the Future of South Eastern European Countries”
Introduction: The International Youth Conference is organised by the Youth Alliance Krusevo in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Stability Pact for SEE. This is the 11th conference organised to discuss current issues concerning the accession programme to the EU and also to explore new approaches in youth policy and youth work across South East Europe and Europe in general. The main goal of the conference is to reflect upon the importance of involving young people in the policy-making process to contribute towards creating a Europe of citizens through deep understanding of the European values among young people.
Objectives: The aim of this conference is to encourage young people to engage with policy-making and, more broadly, political leadership in their country of origin and in the wider region. By focusing on youth participation, this conference aims to enhance youth participation and also to facilitate the entrance of young people in political life. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a diverse range of invited stakeholders and also to discuss their ideas and projects with more experienced civil society actors. The conference aims to create new perspectives for young people by fostering a productive dialogue and also building partnership among like minded civil society actors in the region. The conference will last for 5 days and it will consist of parallel sessions. 55 representatives from the 15 eligible countries will gather in Kruscevo to discuss new ways of youth engagement and to stimulate capacity building of youth workers and leaders.
Venue: Hotel Montana Palace, Krusevo (Macedonia)
Dates: 19-23 September 2013
Eligibility: Youth leaders, workers and activists (18 to 32 years of age) coming from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. The conference is intended for youth workers, leaders, and active people. The working language of the conference is English.
Why it is important for NGOs to attend it: Participants will have the possibility to share information and experience with other civil society actors active in the region. They will be offered the unique opportunity to participate in training and discussion targeting their needs and requests. Participants will also benefit from a number of social gatherings and events where to meet the other participants with the aim of starting new collaborations and regional networks. Participants will also have the opportunity to make their voice heard and to propose recommendations and proposals for further youth actions for promoting European values among young people in the region.
- There are no participation fees. Costs for lodging and meals will be covered by the organisers.
- Participants are asked to cover the 20% of their travel costs (the rest is paid by the organisers).
Application deadlines: 10 September 2013. Applications are reviewed and assessed every 10 days (1, 10, and 20 of the month). Participants are selected on the first-come basis so early applications are recommended.
How to apply: candidates must submit their application online. The form is available here . The application must be filled in by the individual willing to participate in the conference and not by the organisation.
Additional information can be found here