Over 55 young people from Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania participated. The aim of this camp was to provide a framework for young people from different countries of the Balkans in which they could learn about the main principles of social democracy in an interactive way, as well as discuss regional cooperation between young people, exchange views on social problems, youth unemployment, education, and many other issues.
Frank Morawietz, representative of the France-German Youth Office (OFAJ/DJFW) spoke about Intercultural communication in the Western Balkans. Dafina Peci, civil society representative of Albania for Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) gave an in depth presentation on the establishment of RYCO. Genci Kojdheli, Director of the National Employment Service (NES) spoke about visions of social democracy referring to famous social democrats such as Willy Brandt and Olof Palme. Ardian Haçkaj, Director of “Cooperation and Development” spoke about Neoliberalism and its challenges to a social democratic society.
Among other things, the participants spoke about future developments of their countries and the region in general, as well as the cooperation with the European Union/RYCO and support for young people in the Balkans.
This event shows, that experience sharing is a vital tool in tackling problems that despite they come from a different country, they in essence remain the same, which the participants concluded after this gathering.