Concept Note of RYCO

Based on an initiative of the Serbian and Albanian governments and  organized by the Franco‐German Youth Office (DFJW/OFAJ), five representatives of the Ministries of Youth of Albania, Serbia, Kosovo* and Montenegro and representative of the National Youth Council of Serbia participated in a Fact‐Finding Seminar in Paris, Berlin and Vienna from 29th of June until 4th of July 2015 to work on proposals and questions related to the development of a Western Balkan Youth Office structure. During the fact‐finding‐mission this expert group discussed with a number of organizations, governments and member of parliaments to learn more about different aims, organizational form, legal status, experiences, good practices and lessons learned of other similar structures and role of governments and the role of civil society in regard to this initiative.

Meetings were held with: Franco‐German Youth office in Paris and Berlin, Franco‐Quebec Youth Office in Paris, German‐ Polish Youth Office in Potsdam and Warsaw, Former Baltic Sea Secretariat for Youth Affairs, Coordination Center for German‐Czech Youth Exchange in Regensburg. Mr Josip Juratovic, member of the German Bundestag, Commission of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Ministry of Town, Youth and Sports of France, Ministry of family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth of Germany, Federal ministry of Family and Youth of Austria, International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany (IJAB), National Umbrella Organization of Youth ” Bundesjugendring”, Erste Foundation in Austria.

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