BUDVA – RYCO Local Branch Office in Montenegro in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro organised a five-day regional working meeting which gathered representatives of the RYCO Local Branch Offices in the Western Balkans. The working meeting took place from 21 to 25 June 2021, in Budva, Montenegro.
Key topics discussed during the meeting were related to the upcoming local activities of the team, other specific activities within the RYCO donor-supported, as well as to the RYCO strategic planning. This working meeting took place as a part of the overall assistance that the OSCE Mission provides to the RYCO Local Branch Office in Montenegro in terms of capacity building and visibility.
Apart from representatives of the RYCO Local Branch Offices, the meeting was attended by staff members from the RYCO Headquarters based in Tirana, RYCO Secretary General Mr Albert Hani, Deputy Head of the Mission of the German Embassy in Montenegro Mr Christoph Breunig, and Project Manager at GIZ Mr Jasmin Valjevac.
Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Montenegro Mr Edin Koljenović stated that it is a great opportunity for RYCO team members from the region to meet in person, while reiterating gratefulness for the support provided by the OSCE Mission.
“These kind of meetings are crucial for our internal consolidation and planning of the activities for the upcoming period, among which is the RYCO Strategic Plan 2022-2024, and we are happy that our local partners and especially the OSCE Mission to Montenegro are recognizing this need and supporting us in this endeavour,” Mr Koljenović highlighted.
Addressing the participants, Mr Albert Hani emphasised that RYCO Local Branch Offices in the Western Balkan region are driving forces in implementing RYCO’s mission and bringing change. Moreover, he pointed out the need for further exchange between them and said that this sort of gatherings provide the necessary spaces for reaching the common desired outcomes.
In continuation, Mr Breunig underlined that the German Government has actively supported RYCO since its establishment and will continue that path to enable the organization to make the region a better place for youth.