Executive director of Kosovo Centre of Diplomacy Mr. Selim Daku was part of youth conference “Connecting Youth Conference” organized by European Commission and the Government of the French Republic, supported by the European Youth Forum and SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre, held in Paris on 4 July 2016, in the margins of the Western Balkans Summit.
The Youth Conference is a unique platform of exchange and dialogue, bringing together 150 young leaders and representatives from the Western Balkans and the EU-Member States. Following an opening plenary session with high-level speakers, the participants will split into 4 parallel working groups, focusing on the following topics:
- Education and mobility
- Employment and entrepreneurship
- Youth engagement and participation
- Youth and the media
This conference promoted a regional initiative, the Western Balkans Regional Youth Cooperation Office to be located in Tirana, Albania, will see day light in Paris. Following the model of the Franco-German Youth Office, this is an important initiative for the region.
The participants of organizations presented the inputs resulting from their discussions in the political leaders from the EU-Member States and the Western Balkans. This Conference followed the Positive Agenda for the Youth in the Western Balkans adopted at the Brdo-Brijuni process summit in Slovenia in April 2015.
According to Mr. Daku, this conference within the leaders from countries of the Western Balkan Summit is very important for the young people of Kosovo. The conference provides many opportunities where youth organizations and youth workers might use this opportunity to the maximum.