BELGRADE – RYCO Secretary General Mr Đuro Blanuša together with Head of the Local Branch Office in Montenegro Mr Edin Koljenović and Program Assistant of the Local Branch Office in Serbia Ms Ivana Antonijević participated on the regional conference “Youth Policy in Western Balkans and Turkey: challenges and perspectives”.
The conference organized by Youth Banks Hub for Western Balkans and Turkey Network took place on the 19th of November in Belgrade. Supported by the European Commission, the conference brought together over 130 representatives of youth and youth organizations, state institutions, international organizations, youth and media from the Western Balkans and Turkey.
Mr Blanuša participated on the panel Regional perspective of the youth policy, where he underlined the importance of the RYCO’s mission and mandate for the youth and youth policies in the Western Balkans. He also pointed out that the RYCO’s Governing Board serves as a great example of how youth can be equally included in the decision-making processes, taking into account that youth representatives are making decisions together with the representatives of the ministries from all six Western Balkans Contracting Parties.
The second panel Youth and Decision Makers: opportunity to ask the questions brought together representatives of the ministries for youth from Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Turkey, where among others participated RYCO’s Governing Board member and Director of Directorate for Youth in the Ministry of Sports of Montenegro Mr Nenad Koprivica and Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports of Serbia Ms Snežana Klašnja.
The Conference in partnership by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Serbia, Tempus Foundation and the National Youth Council of Serbia, focused on drawing the attention to the positive effects of youth participation in the decision-making processes and underlined the importance to discuss possibilities for improving youth support programs in the region.