Western Balkans Youth Lab Project
The three-year EU funded and RCC implemented Western Balkans Youth Lab Project that kicked-off in January 2020 aims to provide opportunities for youth to participate in decision-making. The project is covering Western Balkans Six economies (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia) in which youth constitutes 21.27% of the overall population.
- Strengthening formal and informal mechanisms of youth participation
- Increased mobilisation of youth in policy-making
- Increased co-creation of relevant policies with youth
- Youth in the Western Balkans region
- National Administrations
- National Youth Councils
The Western Balkans Youth Lab Project strives to create a longer-term structured regional dialogue between youth organisations and national administrations focused on jointly developing policies which will increase youth participation in decision-making, to improve the overall socio-economic environment for and mobility of youth in the Western Balkans economies through different types of activities.
WB Youth Lab Project consists of four interlinked components:
EU-Western Balkans Summit in 2018 placed special emphasis on creating further opportunities for youth, and called for establishment of a Western Balkans Youth Lab in order to provide space for innovative policy-making addressing the needs of young people and to tackle the issue of brain-drain.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.