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Public meeting: “Young Generations for the New Western Balkans: Beyond Emigration”

Recent research shows that between 25.000 – 40.000 people are annually leaving each of the Western Balkans countries. Not only young people, but increasingly the middle class as well. A group of young scientist from the region has engaged in a project ‘New Horizons for the Young Generations in the Balkans” in order to develope visions how to overcome old- fashioned politics and nationalisms and the lack of perspective for younger generations. They will sketch alternative horizons and look for alternatives for South-Eastern Europe’s way beyond emigration. Den Haag will be the first place in Europe after Vienna where the results of the mentioned initiative will be presented to the public.

The Austrian Embassy in The Hague, Austrian Karl-Renner-Institut and the International Institute for Peace, as well as the Austrian Institute for International Affairs and the Austro-French Center for Rapprochement in Europe and the Foundation Max van der Stoel have joined forces to organize a public meeting in the Hague with the experts involved in the project.  

We kindly invite you to join us on Monday the 3rd of December from 17:30-19:00 at the Austrian Residence in the Hague, Koninginnegracht 31. Registration until November 29 (limited number of seats available): antonia.reininger@bmeia.gv.at


             Introductory words
Heidemaria Gürer, Austrian Ambassador to the Netherlands

             New Horizons for the Young Generations in the Western Balkans
Hannes Swoboda, President of the International Institute for Peace Vienna

Kati Piri, Dutch Member of the European Parliament

             Migration as a Matter of Fact: How to Deal with Brain Drain in South East Europe:
Djordje Bojović, European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences
Adnan Ćerimagić, European Stability Initiative, Berlin
Dona Kosturanova, Youth Educational Forum, Skopje (tbc)

             Regional Cooperation and EU Integration
Aulonë Memeti, DOIT, Pristina
Tara Tepavac, Centre for Research, Transparency and Accountability, Belgrade (tbc)
Danijel Tadić, Foundation Max van der Stoel