European Western Balkans

Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the WB to be opened in Tirana

TIRANA – On 25 – 30 January 2016 in Sarajevo, the third meeting of the Working Group for the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office for the Western Balkans (RYCO) was held. At the same time, on January 29, the meeting of Political Advisors to Prime Ministers of Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina was also held.

Holding these meetings was made possible thanks to the support of the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), which is assisting regional countries in this process.

At the end of the meetings, it was unanimously agreed and decided that the headquarters of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office for the Western Balkans be established in Tirana.

The initiative for establishing RYCO was undertaken in the Western Balkans Summit, held in Vienna on August 27, 2015, in the framework of the Berlin Process. RYCO aims to further encourage youth cooperation, mutual understanding and exchange of experiences, with a view to strengthening stability, sustainable development and progress in the Western Balkan region. This will be made possible through the intensification of relations among young people and institutions dealing with youth issues, the implementation of joint youth programs in areas of democratic governance, education and innovation, the promotion of reconciliation spirit and display of the best cultural values between our peoples.

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