Activities of the Working Group for the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans

Tirana, 11.12.2015

The second meeting of the working group for the establishment of RYCO will take place from the 14th to 18th of December 2015 in Tirana. It will be the second meeting in the series of four meetings foreseen by the working plan for establishment of RYCO and happens after the first kickoff meeting that took place in Berlin from 23rd to 27th of November. Meetings are facilitated by a team of the Franco-German Youth Office.

These meetings follow as concrete result of the Joint Declaration on the establishment of RYCO signed by Western Balkan 6 Prime Ministers during Western Balkan Summit in Vienna on August 27th, 2015.

The Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) of the Western Balkans is a wide scale regional initiative aiming to become an international legal structure that aims to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between youth in the region of Western Balkans.

The Working Group consists of two members from each WB6 participant (Albania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro): one representatives of Youth Ministries / National Youth Agency / Directorate for Youth and one representative of the civil society. The Working Group is mandated to develop concrete proposals for the mission, structure, activities and financing of RYCO and prepare the necessary steps for its establishments.

The Working Group plans to have two more meetings in Sarajevo and Belgrade between January and February 2016. The final draft proposal for the establishment of RYCO will be finalized by March 1st, 2016, and will then be transmitted to the WB6 governments for its institutionalization. In order to share the results and impressions of the Working Group and to get external feedback, for each phase we organize meetings Рpublic presentation with representatives of the institutions, civil society, embassy’s and media. National consultations and promotional events should also take place during this period. The Robert Bosch Foundation and the Balkan Trust for Democracy have supported this initiative in different phases, while the Franco-German Youth Office is continuously supporting the process, with a moderation team and its technical assistance.