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A newsletter published within "Regional Youth Compact for Europe", a project funded by the European Union
A project that aims to empower CSOs, particularly YOUTH organizations in the Western Balkans and Turkey to more effectively participate in policy design and in monitoring the process of EU integration

The overall objective of the Youth Fund “We Have a Say” is the improvement and development of the participatory policies and enhancement of local democracy in communities of the Western Balkans through support to local youth organisations fostering active citizenship and participation of young people at the local level. The total funds of the Youth Fund amounts 78.000,00 EUR. A total of 64 applications were received, and the evaluation team selected 14 best projects.

“Meet the grantees”
We invite you to follow our campaign “Meet the grantees” and get to know supported organisations and their projects.

Unijada 2020

A project with goal to empower volunteerism and activism in local community Vrsac, with special attention being paid to demolishing stigma around marginalized groups (especially people with some sort of disability – physical or mental), as well as promoting healthy lifestyle and sportsmanship. Read more!
Visit: www.studentivrsac.org

Face to Face with Local Administration

Project is aimed at bringing closer everyday functioning of local administration to youth 15-19 years old, especially focusing on functions of direct interest for them as future active citizens, by getting them acquainted with mechanisms of influence on community processes and how they can put their interests and priorities on local agenda. Its focus is to inform, empower and raise awareness of youth on work of local administration and how they can influence it by establishing permanent dialogue with administration. Read more!
Visit:
www.seccentar.org
Empower Youth for Participation!
Through this project, “Youth Voice” Network of Organizations aims to support, empower and increase the personal and interpersonal capacities of young people aged 15-29 years old living in the suburbs of Tirana through capacity building activities focusing on active participation of young people on decision making process in the communities they live.  Read more!
Visit: http://jotabu.al/rreth-organizatave/
We create dialogue
The project presented by NYGEA - Network of Youth, Gender and Entrepreneurship enables youth from four municipalities, all ethnicities, to involve youth to work on joint activities on establishment of dialogue, advocacy and decision making process at the local level. The project enables joint visit of all four locations, organization of round table discussions, forum and training among youth from four locations with local authorities and establishment of joint initiatives for future. Read more!
Visit: https://www.facebook.com/nygea/
Youth as agents of fostering local democracy through active participation in structured dialogue
The National Youth Congress identified the need to intervene and contribute to the encouragement of a constructive dialogue between local institutions with other stakeholders such as: youth organizations, youth, youth workers, citizens, media, academia, students, young women leaders and marginalized groups. The whole action is also based on gender equality principles and non-discrimination. Read more!
READ OUR BLOGs
In an effort to foster debate about European perspective and the future of the Western Balkans as an integral part of the EU, we publish Blogs written by experts, practitioners and young people
Position and rights of persons with disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Slađana Miljević - LDA Prijedor 
Although Bosnia and Herzegovina ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as the Optional Protocol on 12 March 2010, and the Convention entered into force on 11 April 2010, the overall position of persons with disabilities in Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is extremely unfavorable. Read more
Rule of law - Unfulfilled dream in the Western Balkans 

Sofija Popović - CRTA
An independent judiciary, strong institutions, free media, non-discrimination, irreproachable political elites - for now, are still unfulfilled dreams of the citizens of the Western Balkans. The rule of law is one of the most frequently mentioned phrases in the context of the region's progress towards membership in the European Union. Read more!
To read more blogs please visit links bellow: 
WHETHER MACEDONIAN JUDICIARY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION POLICIES CAN GUARANTEE CREDIBLE EU ACCESSION?Aleksandar Vanchoski;
WHAT DO WE HOPE FOR?; Dijana Pecer - Center for Democracy Foundation;
KOSOVO AND ITS CAPACITIES FOR EU INTEGRATIONNjomza Hoxha, Local Democracy Agency of Kosovo;
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES WHERE EMPLOYMENT IS PRIORITY CONCERN FOR CITIZENSXhudi Nasto, LDA Albania;
EU ACCESSION AND YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN BOSNA AND HERZEGOVINA; Belma Merdanović, LDA Zavidovići;
THE FACT THAT CITIZENS WHO MAKE THE WORKFORCE ARE LEAVING IN LARGE NUMBERS AND THIS CERTAINLY HAS NEGATIVE EFFECTS ON THE ECONOMY; Bojana Sučević, LDA Prijedor;
CHAPTER 19: SOCIAL POLICY (DISFUNCTIONS) AND (UN)EMPLOYMENT
Daria Knežević - CRTA;
NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE!; Jelena Tomic, Center for Democracy Foundation
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Why should I care?

News from our partners
The Center for Democracy Foundation
joins in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the European Council’s Convention on Human Rights.
Read more!
CulTours aims to support regional cooperation in Western Balkans through promotion of shared cultural heritage and support of local sustainable development. The project foresees the development of a mobile application with descriptions and narratives in ENG and BHS promoting three tours touching several micro-localities with touristic potential in the region.  They will enhance the cultural diversity, historical WW2 heritage, culinary specialties, local craftsmanship and recreational routes of each place.  Read more!
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