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EU Project for Educating Young Professionals in Western Balkan Countries

Region | March 16, 2017, Thursday @ 14:34| 120 views

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To promote regional cooperation in the EU integration process by building cross-­border relations between young professionals from Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro and Kosovo, and to enhance their professional capacities, being considered the new generation of public servants responsible for integration processes and reforms, is the objective of the EU scheme for young professionals in the Western Balkans.

To that end, five young professionals from Western Balkan countries since March 6 are learning about the role of the media and the civil society in Macedonia's EU integration process by meeting with representatives of state institutions, non­governmental organizations, media and the EU delegation.

Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union, Nicola Bertolini, said it was important that young professionals working in public institutions and the private sector in the Western Balkans had the chance to learn more and analyze developments in other countries.

"We are working on regional cooperation and mutual understanding all the while learning more about the EU. I hope this is the beginning of a long-­term process through which more and more young professionals will build shared ties and experiences," stated Bertolini.

Dragan Tilev, State Counselor for EU Affairs, said he hoped more young people would join the initiative.

"A critical mass in administration is required as a guarantee that the reform process is implemented adequately and sustainable... There is no easy reform process, but the experience may help them avoid making some mistakes," Tilev noted.

The British Council is supporting the project, according to its director Eleonora Zaprova.

"It brings together 30 participants from six Western Balkan countries to work on improving the functioning of institutions on the path to the EU. We believe in young people because they can lead the EU integration process," she concluded.


Tags: Macedonia, young professionals, project, EU, Western Balkan

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