Western Balkans Youth Lab Project

It’s time to change, time to act - time for youth

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

Expected Outcome

  • 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.

Project Team

Ognjen Markovic

Ognjen Markovic

Team Leader


Emina Basic-Poljak

Emina Basic-Poljak

Project Expert