Europeanisation meets democracy from below: The Western Balkans on the search for new European and democratic Momentum (WB2EU)

In our 5th Ideas go public Lab we will discuss inequality in the Western Balkans & the situation of young people in the labor market & education.

Programme

DAY I – September 19, 2022

Venue: Roma Education Fund, Majke Jevrosime 51/II floor

11.00 – 11.30: Registration for the public debates (hybrid format)

11.30 – 13.00: TACKLING INEQUALITY – A STEP TOWARDS SOLIDARITY

According to the Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index, Serbia is at the bottom of Europe and 84th on the list of 154 countries in the world. One of the causes of high inequality in Serbia is the high percentage of persons who have a very low work intensity. Similar state of affairs effects the entire Western Balkans region, as Albania is ranked 80th, North Macedonia 103rd, and no data for others. The share of these persons aged up to 60 years old in Serbia (21.2%) is much higher than the European average (10.5%) and individual EU countries. The economic insecurity is followed by a lack of social measures and respect for basic human rights for the most vulnerable groups in Western Balkans region, such as Roma, women 45+, people with disabilities and LGBTI+ community.

  • Can European Integration foster more solidarity within society in Western Balkans region?
  • What are the mechanisms for the governments to take a more active role in tackling inequality?
  • How can civil society organisations (CSOs) contribute?


Speakers:

Brankica Janković, Commissioner for Protection of Equality of Republic of Serbia

Sofija Todorović, Programme Director, Youth Initiative for Human Rights

Sarina Bakić, Professor and researcher at the Department of Sociology, University of Sarajevo’s Faculty of Political Science, WB2EU Network

Moderator: Sonja Licht, President, Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society

13.00 – 15.00: Lunch Break

Location: Grmeč Restaurant, Makedonska 32, Belgrade

15.00 – 16.30: MAINSTREAMING YOUTH VISION – AVOIDING YOUTHWASHING

In the Republic of Serbia, an institutional, legislative and strategic framework aimed at young people has been developed. The position of young people, however, is often assessed as unsatisfactory, primarily due to the position of young people in the labor market, but also the quality of the education system, which is the case throughout the whole WB6 region. Regarding the views of youth on the Republic of Serbia entering the EU in 2021, a historic low of 39% of young people supported Serbia joining the EU, 33% were against it, while 28% did not know. According to the research, more than half of young people are not interested in being informed about socio-political events, while the interest to be actively involved in socio-political events is even less. Slow process, and often a status quo in EU Integration led to loss of trust of youth towards the process itself, which can cause a spill-over effect in the entire WB region.

  • What are the key mechanisms to involve youth in the decision-making process?
  • Is there a need for a change and additions to the Law on Youth for its better efficiency?
  • How to raise youth interest in socio-political events and their active participation?


Introductory remarks:
Summarising the “young influencers” conclusions from the WB2EU  Summer School at Cres

Mirjana Đorđević, Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society, WB2EU Summer School participant

Speakers:

Andrea Mićanović, Youth Representative of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office Governing Board (RYCO)

Angela Angjelovska, Vice President, National Youth Council of North Macedonia Governing Board

Milica Borjanić, Project Manager, National Youth Council of Serbia

Moderator: Nikola Burazer, Executive Editor, European Western Balkans

20.00: Joint dinner of the WB2EU Network

Location: Tri šešira, Skadarska, Belgrade

DAY II – September 20, 2022

Venue: Roma Education Fund, Majke Jevrosime 51/II floor

09.30 – 10.30: WB2EU Network meeting (closed session)

11.00 – 12.00: Meeting with EUROPRIDE organisers (closed session)

EuroPride 2022 was planned to happen in Belgrade from September 12th to 18th, 2022. Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, as the first city in Southeast Europe and the first outside the EEA (European Economic Area) to host a major event for the pan-European LGBTI+ community.
 
In the name of the Organisers: Goran Miletić, Organisational Board of the EuroPride
 

12.30 – 13.30: Meeting with the representatives of MORAMO Movement

The Movement Ne Davimo Beograd (Don’t Let Belgrade Drown) has formed, together with Otvorena građanska platforma (Open Civic Platform) AKCIJA and Ekološki ustanak (Environmental Uprising), the green-left coalition MORAMO (WE MUST) in January 2022, which run in the Belgrade and national elections in April. In addition to these three organisations, MORAMO coalition consists of a large number of other individuals, activists and movements. 

The MORAMO coalition base its joint work on key topics of ecology and the fight for a healthy living environment. In addition, one of the most important issues they deal with is social justice, i.e. the fight for better living and working conditions for all citizens.

14.00 – 15.00: Reception at the Austrian Embassy

Venue: Kneza Sime Markovića 2, 11000 Belgrade

In cooperation with:

Picture gallery 5th Ideas go public LabDay 1: TACKLING INEQUALITY – A STEP TOWARDS SOLIDARITY (Public debate, 19 September, Roma Education Fund)

Panel from left to right: Sonja Licht (moderator), Sofija Todorović, Brankica Janković, Sarina Bakić

Photos: © Susan Milford-Faber/WB2EU

Picture gallery 5th Ideas go public Lab – Day 1: MAINSTREAMING YOUTH VISION – AVOIDING YOUTHWASHING (Public debate, 19 September, Roma Education Fund)

Panel from left to right: Mirjana Đorđević, Nikola Burazer (moderator), Milica Borjanić

Zoom from left to right: Andrea Mićanović, Angela Angjelovska

Photos: © Susan Milford-Faber/WB2EU

Picture gallery 5th Ideas go public Lab – Day 2:  Meeting with EUROPRIDE organisers (Public debate, 20 September, Roma Education Fund)

Panel from left to right: Vedran Džihić (WB2EU network), Goran Miletić, Paul Schmidt (WB2EU network, ÖGfE)

Photos: © Susan Milford-Faber/WB2EU

Picture gallery 5th Ideas go public Lab – Day 2:  Meeting with the representatives of MORAMO Movement (Public debate, 20 September, Roma Education Fund) & Reception at the Austrian Embassy

Photos: © Susan Milford-Faber/WB2EU

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