European Alternatives for the Western Balkan Youth 2030: Education, Reconciliation and Social Equality

European Alternatives for the Western Balkan Youth 2030: Education, Reconciliation and Social Equality

18:00 - 20:00

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Caught in a vicious circle between old-fashioned backwards oriented politics and nationalisms on one hand side and the lack of economic, educational and social perspectives on the other, young generations in the Balkans seem to be losing patience and when possible emigrating to the West in a search for a better life. UN agencies and experts speak about a massive demographic revolution going on in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, changing societies more than many other developments in their younger history. In parallel, democracies in the region are vulnerable, EU integration process is not delivering fast results, and alternative horizons are not easy to find. Our initiative on turning the flashlights on youth, their progressive stances and hopes for the future wants to ask tough questions about the region, about educational opportunities and limits, about reconciliation, EU hopes and possible illusions. Based on sound and sober assessments of the situation, we want to look forward, sketch alternative horizons, and look for alternatives for South-eastern Europe’s way beyond emigration.
This conference is the second part of the initiative/series “Young Generations for the New Balkans 2030: Towards Alternative Horizons”. As a next step, the discussions and results of the Viennese 2018 conference will be taken further to European capitals and the region. Visits and events in other European Cities – among others also in the context of EU presidencies – will prominently feature young participants from the region as ambassadors representing the fresh and alternative view on and of the Western Balkans. By the means of continuous engagement throughout 2019 and beyond, we will keep working on promoting alternatives to the status quo and also embarking upon the real and tough work and action to make alternative horizons possible.

18:00 Welcome:
JÖRG WOJAHN, Head of the European Commission Representation in Austria
HANNES SWOBODA, President of the International Institute for Peace (IIP), MEP ret.
GERHARD MARCHL, Karl-Renner-Institut, Department for European Politics

18:15 Keynote:

CHRISTINA KOULOURI, University of Political and Social Sciences, Athens; History Education Committee of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE), Thessaloniki

18:30 Inputs:
ADI CERIMAGIC, European Stability Initiative
TANJA FAJON, MEP, S&D Group, Slovenia
DONA KOSTURANOVA, Youth Educational Form, Skopje
DAFINA PECI, Albanian Youth Forum, Tirana
TARA TEPAVAC, Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA), Belgrade


VEDRAN DZIHIC, Senior Researcher at the oiip and Lecturer at the University of Vienna

Monday, 5 November 2018
18.00 to 20.30 h

Haus der Europäischen Union
Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Vienna

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The event will be held in English.

Refreshments will be served after the event.


In cooperation with the International Institute for Peace (IIP), Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (CFA) and Renner Institut (RI).