Western Balkans

We spoke with the Director of the Franz Vranitzky Chair for European Studies at the University of Vienna Rainer Gries who is leading a team of researchers conducting a study on young people in the Western Balkans and their participation or non-participation in regional youth exchange programmes. This interview focused on the history, politics and

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TIRANA – RYCO Secretary General Mr Đuro Blanuša gave an interview for the Albanian Daily News which was published in this newspaper on Monday, 7 December 2020. We are republishing the interview. Albanian Daily News: Mr. Secretary General it is a pleasure to have this conversation with you which is a good opportunity to learn from

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Today marks the day of the first RYCO Governing Board meeting, which took place in Tirana, Albania, on 8 December 2016. Our Governing Board is the highest decision-making body of RYCO and consists of twelve government and civil society representatives which share equal responsibility and decision-making power. The twelve representatives from the six RYCO Contracting

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WESTERN BALKANS – Celebrated on 5 December every year, the International Volunteer Day raises awareness on the role volunteer’s play in responding to challenges the world is facing. Development of societies in which helping others is a core value is significantly important in crises such as the current one caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore,

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WESTERN BALKANS – The International Day for Tolerance is observed annually on 16 November. It was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1996, as a reminder of the importance of human rights and freedoms in the diverse communities we live in. RYCO’s efforts to shape the present and build a better future

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WESTERN BALKANS – The Regional Youth Cooperation Office is looking for a new colleague! We are opening the call for the RYCO Secretary General. If you are interested in applying for the position and you fulfill all the criteria set out in the call, please send your application containing all necessary documents by email to

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WESTERN BALKANS – Within the framework of the advocacy project “A Better Region Starts with Youth”, implemented with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany, RYCO gathered 130 young people from the Western Balkans in a series of twelve online consultations, which took place in October 2020. During the online meetings, young people discussed

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WESTERN BALKANS – Developed and conducted by the two researchers, Teo Petricevic and Jelena Andjelic, and coordinated by the RISE consortium, the Regional Study and Guidelines on Social Entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans provides the most recent, relevant, and concise information on the current state of social entrepreneurship and youth entrepreneurship in the Western Balkans.

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WESTERN BALKANS – The Steering Committee of the “Supporting the Western Balkan’s Collective Leadership on Reconciliation: Building Capacities and Momentum for the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO)” project supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund, met online on Tuesday, 27 October.  Co-chaired by the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Albania Ms Fiona McCluney and RYCO Secretary

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