In two panel sessions of our public debate in the framework of our 5th Ideas go public Lab we will discuss inequality in the Western Balkans & the situation of young people in the labor market & education.
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?
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?
Summarising the “young influencers” conclusions from the WB2EU Summer School at Cres
Mirjana Đorđević, Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society, WB2EU Summer School participant
Andrea Mićanović, Youth Representative of RYCO Governing Board, Regional Youth Cooperation Office
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