SARAJEVO – The third prize winner of the “Open Call for Young Designers: 2021 Western Balkans Berlin Summit Logo Competition” is a young designer from Bosnia and Herzegovina – Mr Nezir Begić. He received the prize at the Residence of the German Ambassador in Sarajevo on Thursday, 17 June 2021. The prize was presented to the winner by the Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina Ms Berina Bukva Alibašić and German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Ms Margret Uebber.
During the awarding ceremony, Ms Uebber commended the work of the young people who participated in the competition and underlined the value of the third prize winner’s entry form which she said represents the region as a whole without borders. She also added that young people should be active contributors to the region’s development.
Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina said that she is pleased to have the German Government’s support in all the RYCO activities and underlined that young people should always be invited to participate in the important regional political processes.
The third prize winner Mr Begić thanked the organizers for choosing one of his entries in this competition and pointed out his readiness to keep contributing to the region’s development through RYCO’s activities.
The logo competition was opened from 24 March to 7 April 2021 and invited young people (from 18 to 30 years old) from the Western Balkans to design the logo of this year’s Western Balkans Berlin Process Summit which will be hosted by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel this summer.
Choosing the best design was not an easy task since almost 170 young designers submitted more than 300 entries to the competition. The selection committee composed of the Youth Representatives in the RYCO Governing Board accompanied by the validation of the German Government awarded the three best entries.
The Berlin Process was initiated by the German government to promote regional cooperation of the Western Balkans and support the EU’s enlargement policy. Its first summit was held on 28 August 2014 in Berlin. It was followed by summits in Vienna (2015), Paris (2016), Trieste (2017), London (2018), Poznan (2019), and Sofia (2020).
The Berlin Process fosters connectivity in the region, through economic cooperation but not only: One of the most tangible results of the Berlin Process is the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO). The Agreement on the Establishment of RYCO was signed by the six Western Balkan Prime Ministers during the Paris Summit on 4 July 2016.