Debate #5: Youth
#EU4Balkans in collaboration with DG REGIO-Interreg
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The Balkans are the youngest part of Europe and represent an enormous potential and hope to shape a better future. Yet, high rates of unemployment are a problem for women and youth in the Western Balkan countries. Besides, the COVID-19 pandemic has even further amplified this situation. Through this debate we will share experiences of young people in the region, discuss the importance of youth activism, show Interreg-IPA projects as example and explain how it helps youth to develop their personal and professional skills through inter-culturalism and cooperation. And European Young Ambassadors and opinion leaders will have the opportunity to explain their work on the topic.
Moderator: Olaf Bruns
- Dona Srdikj Lazarevska
- Boris Lalić
- Jean-Pierre Halkin
- Toni Jakimovski
- Bojana Lalatovic
Dona Srdikj Lazarevska
Young European Ambassador – North Macedonia
Dona chose the political path because she comes from a minority ethnic group and she is living in one of Europe’s less developed economies. She holds a degree in Political Science and she has done a lot of activities like traineeships, competitions, workshops which gave her a lot of experience. Dona’s main interests are gender equality and the environment.
Writer – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Boris is a writer and journalist from Sarajevo.
He published five books of prose and also wrote the comedy “Mirna Bosna”, which plays for the fourth season in Kamerni teatar 55 from Sarajevo. He has received several awards for his works.
Head of the Unit for Macro-regions European Commission at the Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy of the European Commission
Jean-Pierre studied at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) in Brussels. He has been at the European Commission for 15 years. In 2006 he was Head of Unit of Natural Resources for five years. Afterwards, he became Head of Unit of Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security for another five years. Since 2017, he is Head Of Unit of Competence Centre Macro-regions and Territorial Co-operation.
Communication Officer-Macedonian representative in Bulgaria
Toni is a Communication Officer in the Interreg – IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme between Republic of Bulgaria and Republic of North Macedonia. MSc in International Marketing Management and Public Relations Expert, employed in the Joint Secretariat in Bulgaria since 2014.
Young European Ambassador- Montenegro
Bojana’s main interest is youth activism. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science and holds a LLM in European Union Law. At the moment she’s in the second year of a PhD in International Public Law and a programme assistant at RYCO’s local branch office in Montenegro.
Olaf is a Brussels-based journalist. A former Deputy Head of the Brussels office of the international Tv news broadcaster Euronews, he now works as a freelancer. Amongst others, he writes for the European Green Journal and is the deputy editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine Progressive Post. He provides Media Training via Crown Media and teaches journalism at the Brussels-based media school IHECS. He holds a master’s degree in Social Anthropology form Paris VIII University with several years of social science research work in various African countries.