9th AEBR Youth Forum: youngsters from all of Europe met with experts of cross-border cooperation in Lappeenranta:

AEBR Youth Forum participants with their diplomas

The 9th AEBR Youth Forum was held in Lappeenranta (Finland) during 21-25 August 2017. This year’s Forum was organised and hosted by the Regional Council of South Karelia with support from the Lappeenranta University of Technology and the University of Applied Sciences.

During four days, participants had a full-immersion on the culture, history and socio-economic and educational system of the area, with a special eye on its cross-border dimension with Russia and especially with Russian Karelia. Active young people from around Europe representing professional international organisations or simply being curious students, participated in this 9th edition of the Forum. As a result, the participants were able to find potential partners from Finland, Germany, Spain, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

AEBR Secretary-General, joined the event and distributed the diplomas to all participants during the closing ceremony of this successful event organized by the AEBR Task Force External Borders.

AEBR Task Force External Borders (TFEB)

The Secretary General also took part in the meeting of the Task Force External Borders (TFEB), traditionally taking place after the Forum. Under the chairmanship of Johannes Moisio, Manager of Public and International Relations at the Regional Council of South Karelia (Finland), this meeting focused on the 10th Jubilee of the constitution of the first AEBR Task Forces (TFEB and CB Health on 14 September 2007), also in Lappeenranta. This Jubilee has been organized between the IX TFEB Youth Forum and the celebrations of the Centennial of Finland (1917-2017). Other topics in the agenda were 10 years of Youth Leaders in the Balkans, the Conclusions of the 9th Youth Forum and future activities.

A particular attention was paid to the strengthening of Ukrainian border regions. As a special guest, Sergei Chernov, Chairman of Kharkiv Regional Council (UA) was present during his stay in South Karelia, after his programme with representatives of the South Karelian Government, who also took part in this TFEB meeting. Chairman Chernov offered to host the X Youth Forum in the summer of 2018.

A special thanks should be given to Johannes Moisio who made this Forum and related events a true success.

The 10th edition of the AEBR Youth Forum will take place in August 2018 in Ukraine. 

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