16 Dec 2021
Second Informal Donor Coordination Meeting on Western Balkans Youth Agenda held in Sarajevo
Sarajevo – “Youth accounts for 21.27% or more than 20% of our entire population. They are our present and our future and I believe that all of us have to give our best to make sure that they stay in and contribute to this region now and in the years to come,” said Maja Handziska Trendafilova, Head of Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Programme Department, at the opening of the Second ...
16 Dec 2021
Joint Communique on Youth: Western Balkans Co-creating Future with Youth as Agents of Change
Joint Communique on Youth: Western Balkans Co-creating Future with Youth as Agents of Change, as our agreement on the shared values, principles and way forward by the Broad Coalition on Youth.
10 Dec 2021
Closing remarks of the RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu at the Kick Off event of Youth Policy Lab on Mental Health
Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu gave spoke to almost 50 youth representatives from the region, as well as policy makers and representatives of the European Commission at the closing of the Kick Off event of Youth Policy Lab on Mental Health, which took place in Tirana on 9-10 December 2021.
10 Dec 2021
Bregu: By risking the youth potential we are risking the engine of a sustainable regional future
RCC’s Youth Lab on mental health brings out regional recommendations Tirana/Sarajevo – “Statistics tell us that two thirds of young people would be willing to emigrate; that the total education costs of people who leave the region in one year vary from 840 million to 2.46 billion EUR; and that about one fifth are unemployed and nearly a quarter are neither in employment, ...
09 Dec 2021
RCC: Western Balkans Youth Lab on Mental Help kicks off in Tirana
Tirana – The Youth Lab on Mental Health, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Western Balkans Youth Lab Project (WBYL), has kicked off in Tirana today. “After unemployment, health issues were the second most quoted problem youth is facing today, according to RCC’s Balkan Barometer survey. Only one fifth of young respondents expressed satisfaction ...
02 Dec 2021
European Union is Our Future, No Alternative, Interview by RCC Secretary General for Novi Magazin
Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Majlinda Bregu spoke to Serbian Novi Magazin about Western Balkans EU integration, Common Regional Market and Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, region's response to Covid-19 pandemic and much more. "Weak Western Balkans makes the EU weak too. But a lot is being said each day by both the EU and Western Balkans leaders. The truth is that the ...
Italy in partnership with the RCC hosted youth from all the Europe at EU-Balkan Youth Forum in Rome Rome/Sarajevo - “It’s not breaking news any longer that our youth is leaving the region. One out of 3 youngsters, age 18-24, in the Western Balkans confirms that they are ready to leave their homeland. We should understand the message – their choice of destination shows what’s ...
22 Nov 2021
WBYL: Youth Policy Lab on Mental Health - Regional Pool of Experts
RCC Western Balkan Youth Lab (WBYL) presents Regional Pool of Experts dealing with the issue of mental health. Youth Policy Lab on Mental Health is incorporating the principles of co-management and co-production. Young people and policymakers from the Western Balkans will share power in managing and implementing the space where policies are developed, as well as in undertaking tasks to achieve ...
18 Nov 2021
Video podcast: RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on regional cooperation
RCC Secretary General Majlinda Bregu on priorities RCC is we are working on: EU-WB roaming, mental health and WB Green Agenda
26 Oct 2021
Youth-Tailored Solutions Require Youth Participation
RCC’s Western Balkans Youth Lab Project held its Mid-Term Conference on Youth Unemployment Sarajevo/Online – “Cooperation, innovative solutions, equality, participation - these are the things we need today more than ever, as we establish an environment in which youth and policy makers sit together to constructively explore the ways in which youth priorities and needs ...
15 Oct 2021
Bregu: European perspective of Western Balkans is the drive that makes the process of cooperation beneficial
RCC Board meets for the 44th time Sarajevo – “European perspective of Western Balkans is the drive that makes the process of cooperation beneficial to all in long-term. It is of highest importance that both the region and the EU deliver on the respective commitments – particularly when we take into account that optimism regarding the time of accession has been declining. ...
28 Sep 2021
YOUTH POLICY LAB METHODOLOGY
The issues which Western Balkans youth is facing have been under increased attention over the last couple of years, both at the level of each economy and as a part of the high-level dialogue taking place between the WB and the EU. Similar to the European institutions
28 Sep 2021
YOUTH POLICY LAB MODEL
The Youth Policy Lab is a flagship initiative within RCC’ Western Balkans Youth Lab project funded by the European Union that aims to provide opportunities for youth to participate in decision-making. Based on the conclusions of Sofia EU-Western Balkan Summits held in 2018 and 2020, Youth Policy Lab is designed to provide a safe space for youth, enabling young women and men to work jointly and at ...
07 Sep 2021
Bregu: It is time for youth to be louder and play smarter
Western Balkans Youth Lab Project: RCC Secretary General meets youth from North Macedonia Youth Council Skopje – “I would highly encourage you to leave the region. Yes, go abroad and see other cultures, but come back. Only by learning from others we can make our region better place for all of us and make a change. That is why we do not want to invent algorithm, but to make youth ...
06 Sep 2021
Talking Points by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Majlinda Bregu at the First Annual Conference of the Ministry of Finance “Economic Recovery and Growth Beyond Covid”
Talking Points by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Majlinda Bregu at the panel on Global and Regional Challenges and Prospects of Recovery and Growth at the First Annual Conference of the Ministry of Finance “Economic Recovery and Growth Beyond Covid”, held in Skopje on 6 September 2021
06 Sep 2021
Bregu: RCC to launch regional coalition on jobs and skills to keep youth in the region
RCC Secretary General in Skopje at the First Annual Conference of the Ministry of Finance “Economic Recovery and Growth beyond Covid” Skopje – “There is still high interest of youngsters to stay in the region. And this is our advantage. They are our greatest asset. They are the engine driving regional cooperation and EU accession because they see the opportunities and they ...
RCC championing Sarajevo Film Festival’s 'Heart of Sarajevo' award for the Best Student Film for the 5th time in a row Sarajevo - For the 5th time in a row the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is the patron of the 'Heart of Sarajevo' award for the Best Student Film at the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF), opening today and lasting until 20 August. “Tough year ...
24 Jun 2021
Balkan Barometer 2021 - Public Opinion
Balkan Barometer 2021 - this is the 7th edition of annual public and business opinion survey commissioned by the RCC which examines Western Balkan citizens and businesses perceptions and expectations towards a variety of thematic areas, such as the EU integration and regional cooperation, digitalisation, green recovery, employment, and for the second year in a row it includes topics concerning a challenging ...
24 Jun 2021
Bregu: Balkan Barometer reveals human uncertainty and vulnerability are main concerns followed by some goodish news on benefits of regional cooperation
RCC presents 7th edition of Balkan Barometer, annual survey on people and business viewpoints Tirana – “This, seventh in a row, Balkan Barometer shows human uncertainty and vulnerability are the main concerns followed by some goodish news which is the consciousness about the benefits of regional cooperation. For 49% of Western Balkan citizens, unemployment is the biggest problem, ...
22 Jun 2021
RCC to Present Balkan Barometer 2021 - Public and Business Viewpoints on Situation in our Region
Western Balkan citizens’ support for regional cooperation and EU integration is growing; employment still causes the biggest concern Tirana – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is to present the 2021 edition of Balkan Barometer on Thursday, 24 June 2021, starting at 10:00, in Tirana. This is the 7th edition of annual public and business opinion survey commissioned by the RCC ...
16 Jun 2021
South East Europe Strategy 2030
The SEE 2030 Strategy is a joint call for action by all 13 SEE economies. The Strategy seeks to promote and advance through regional cooperation the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals within the SEE region across the three dimensions of sustainable development: Prosperity; People; and Peace and Partnerships.
16 Jun 2021
Bregu: 2020 was difficult, but a real progress and achievements have been made for development of our region
Participants of the RCC Annual Meeting endorse SEE2030 Strategy and RCC Annual Report Antalya – “Last year, ruled by the pandemic has definitely showcased the extent of our interconnectivity and interdependency and demonstrated that in cooperating, we boost our strengths and resilience. It is clear that regional socio-economic integration is crucial for regional development. There ...
31 May 2021
Bregu: With regional youth unemployment rate at 35.1% the need to act is clear, as youth is our most precious asset
RCC’s ESAP Project presents Study on Youth Employment in Western Balkans Sarajevo/Online – “Youth and jobs has not been a good combination in the Western Balkans for some time. The average regional youth unemployment rate in 2020 was 35.1%, which is more than double the European Union (EU) rate of 16.9%. Some of it can be blamed on the COVID 19 pandemic that stopped job creation, ...
19 Apr 2021
Bregu: 93% of young people in the Western Balkans believe public administrations should involve young people in decision-making
First Informal Donor Coordination Meeting on Youth Agenda kicked off today Sarajevo, Tirana – “According to Balkan Barometer 2021, 93% of young people in the Western Balkans age 18-24 believe that public administrations should strengthen mechanisms for consulting and involving young people in decision-making. This clearly shows the path for all our further actions in which youth, ...
29 Mar 2021
Report on the Activities of the Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat for the period 1 October 2020 – 1 March 2021
The Report on the activities of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat is submitted by the RCC Secretary General to the RCC Board in line with Article 15 of the Statute of the RCC. It covers the period between 1 October 2020 – 1 March 2021.
26 Jan 2021
Youth Policy Lab Draft Working Group Rules of Procedure
The Regional Cooperation Council’s Western Balkan Youth Lab project produced Youth Policy Lab Draft Working Group Rules of Procedure, which represents the proposals for the Rules of Procedure for the Working Groups at economy level in regard to the Model on Youth Policy Labs and regional policy recommendations stemming from the Thematic Regional Youth Policy Lab on Youth Unemployment held in December ...
14 Dec 2020
Bregu: Instead of creating policies FOR youth we believe in co-creating policies WITH youth
Sarajevo/Tirana/Brussels - “Youth makes 21% of Western Balkans population. If we know that youth unemployment in the Western Balkans is over 35%; that it takes around 2 years for a young person to land the job after the school; that 25% of youth are not in employment, education and training; or that 71% of our youth are thinking to leave the region and find jobs abroad – than it is clear ...
09 Dec 2020
Western Balkans Youth Lab Factsheet
Within RCC’s Western Balkans Youth Lab, EU funded, project regional pool of experts consisted of youth and policy makers from the Western Balkans will work within RCC’s WB youth lab project on creating solutions for issues related to youth unemployment and youth participation.
09 Dec 2020
Pool of Experts of the first Regional Youth Lab
The Youth Policy Lab is a flagship initiative within RCC’ Western Balkan Youth Lab project funded by the European Union that aims to provide opportunities for youth to participate in decision-making. Based upon conclusions of Sofia EU-Western Balkan Summits held in 2018 and 2020, Youth Policy Lab is designed to provide a safe space for youth, enabling young women and men to work jointly and at equal ...
03 Sep 2020
Youth Lab Capacity Building Guidelines
The Capacity Building Instrument is a mechanism of the Western Balkans Youth Lab Project (hereinafter: WBYL) that aims to complement regional activities with additional support to the National Youth Councils, where they are established, and Youth Umbrella Organisations, where youth council at the central level is absent, in order to help their transformation and advance their role in contributing towards ...
03 Sep 2020
Youth Lab Technical Assistance Guidelines
The Technical Assistance Instrument is a mechanism of the Western Balkans Youth Lab Project (hereinafter: WBYL) that aims to complement regional activities with additional support to the Project beneficiaries in order to strengthen their policy and administrative capacities in the different stages and processes related to the youth policy development and implementation and participation of youth in ...
20 Aug 2020
Heart of Sarajevo for the Best Student Film 2020 goes to Zeynep Dilan Süren for “The Great Istanbul Depression”
The Best Student Film Award Powered by RCC since inception of this competition category Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is delighted to confirm that the young director Ms Zeynep Dilan Süren from Turkey with the movie “The Great Istanbul Depression” won the Heart of Sarajevo for the Best Student Film, an award Powered by RCC since the inception of this competition category ...
16 Aug 2020
Miscevic: We need to focus on helping resolving issues young people are facing in order to keep them in our region
Sarajevo Film Festival: RCC Deputy Secretary General hosts a panel with young filmmakers from the region Sarajevo – “I am happy the RCC put youth and resolving issues they are facing, especially related to their career developments, and jobs in focus, with our EU-funded Youth Lab project that was launched beginning this year, but also through a series other activities, including our support for ...
10 Aug 2020
Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the RCC on 1st edition of Balkathon and future plans in an interview for Albanian Business Magazine
"Encouraging innovative ideas, promoting digital solutions and creating room for the introduction of new ideas are the daily efforts on the part of RCC, its mindset not only in terms of thinking but also in terms of acting. It goes without saying that Covid-19 did provide an incentive, for instance when realizing how much more the private sector was using digital solutions. The Regional Cooperation ...
03 Jul 2020
Youth Unemployment in the Western Balkans: Youth is Crucial in Designing of Employment Policies
RCC’s Western Balkans Youth Lab and Employment and Social Affairs Platform Projects organized webinar tackling policymaking and youth unemployment in the region Sarajevo – “Numerous stories of unemployed young people across the region who want the leave in pursuit of a job and better life are loud and yet also seem silent. That is why the Western Balkan Youth Lab ...
25 Jun 2020
Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council 2019-2020
This Annual Report of the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) covers the period April 2019 – April 2020. It outlines main RCC activities and achievements in the past year. It also lays out the overall background and crucial developments impacting and shaping the activities of the RCC and the region of South East Europe in the reporting period.
25 Jun 2020
Bregu: It is up to the region to retain commitment to cooperation and bring forth tangible progress to citizens
RCC Secretary General takes part in SEECP Foreign Affairs Ministers meeting and hosts, with SEECP CiO, 12th RCC Annual meeting Tirana/Sarajevo/Prishtina – The two meetings have been held today within the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) - the meeting of the SEECP Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the RCC Annual Meeting, which RCC co-organised with the outgoing Kosovo SEECP Chairmanship-in-Office ...
24 Jun 2020
Bregu: Cooperation is the only blueprint that holds the promise of ‘Stronger Together’
The Shape of the Things to Come - Presentation of Balkan Barometer 2020 Balkan Barometer 2020 reveals sentiments of citizens and businesses in the region, with a special addition conveying effects of the COVID-19 outbreak Balkan Barometer 2020 presentation was going LIVE Sarajevo – “The regional cooperation continues to grow in prominence with an overwhelming ...
22 May 2020
With Proven Potential for Innovation, Youth are Our Greatest Investment Opportunity
With Proven Potential for Innovation, Youth are Our Greatest Investment Opportunity, Article by Adem Gashi, Team Leader of the RCC Western Balkans Youth Lab Project "There is no crystal ball to tell the fortune, but it’s crystal clear that by involving youth in decision making, the region will have a better future"
19 May 2020
RCC presents its new “Western Balkans Youth Lab” Project: It’s time to change– young people should take the lead
Acting by example: 20% of RCC employees are young people - 5 joining us in the past 2 months Sarajevo – The Western Balkans not rarely offers shocking facts about youth. From brain drain to labour migration, from mismatch of diplomas with labour market, prejudices or steep unemployment figures. We have decided to act by example. About 20% of all employees in the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) ...
14 May 2020
Bregu: Pandemic created a common awareness that at least for now humankind takes precedence over politics and disputes
RCC Board met online to hear about the activities of the organization in the past period and discuss future steps Sarajevo – “For all its aggressiveness, the COVID-19 crisis also offers glimmers of hope. It has connected Western Balkans even more, this time in a fight against an invisible enemy. It has persuaded us that cooperation should be resilient. It has created a common awareness that at ...