EUSDR & EUSAIR Youth for Cross-Border Partnership & Cohesion :



 

On 30-31 May 2018, AEBR Project Manager, Alessandra Cardaci attended and spoke at the EUSDR & EUSAIR Youth for Cross-Border Partnership & Cohesion in Tivat, Montenegro. The event was organised by the Central European Service for Cross-Border Initiatives (CESCI), Association of European Border Regions (AEBR), AEBR Task Force of External Borders, Institute of International Sociology of Gorizia (ISIG) and CESCI Balkans in the framework of the SECCo2 project.

 

The event, financed by Danube Strategic Project Fund within the framework of the SECCo2 project was attended by 120 participants from all over the Danube and Adriatic Ionian macro-regions.

AEBR Youth Forums were initiated with the goal to empower young people to be able to make positive changes across the borders. So far, AEBR through its Task Force for External Borders has already organised nine Youth Forums with panel discussions, seminars, round tables, workshops and study trips dedicated to various aspects of cross-border cooperation attended by young participants from all over Europe. Most of the alumni of these events are now CBC activists in their border regions. As a result of networking of these young people and the coordination efforts taken by the AEBR Info Centre in the Balkans, a Network of Young Leaders for Cross-border Cooperation (AEBR YLCBC) was established at the VII AEBR Youth Forum in 2015. AEBR YLCBC organized several panel discussions and workshops in 2016 and 2017 and by the end of 2017 finalized the AEBR Youth Charter for Cross-Border Cooperation. The Youth Leadership Forum aimed at elaborating the Action Plan for the implementation of the Youth Charter for CBC.

 

The event consisted of a conference with expert speakers from the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Ministry of European Affairs of Montenegro, Euroregions, municipalities, research institutes, and so on. Moreover, a series of interactive workshops were also organised where young participants brainstormed and presented their ideas on:

 

·         The role of youth in transnational, macro-regional and cross-border cooperation;

·         Cross-border cooperation for and involving youth;

·         Tools for involving youth in cross-border cooperation.

 

Three IVY volunteers also attended the event, sharing their enthusiasm for cross-border cooperation topics.

 

The outcome of the conference and workshop discussions will be used to feed the content of the SECCo2 project. SECCo2 aims at strengthening the internal cohesion of the Danube Region and the social interconnectivity of the EUSDR and EUSAIR strategies by facilitating the permeability of the borders and building social networks across the state borders with a special focus on the next generations.

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