On February 12, 2021, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the National Youth Council of Serbia (KOMS) and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO). The MoU was signed by the RYCO Secretary-General Mr. Đuro Blanuša and the Secretary-General of KOMS Mr. Stefan Đorđević.
KOMS, RYCO, and its Local Branch Office in Serbia have been maintaining good relationships and cooperation from the moment RYCO was founded. Also, KOMS was involved in the establishment process of RYCO and actively contributed to it.
National Youth Council of Serbia and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office hereby formally verified the long-term successful cooperation and determination to work jointly and continuously to improve the position of youth and contribute to reconciliation in the region.
This established a framework of cooperation in the coming period, which includes supporting mutual work in the most important strategic processes, joint action, research and launching initiatives, and organization of joint activities.
Furthermore, KOMS participates in the selection of the Youth Representative of Serbia in the RYCO Governing Board upon the agreement with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Serbia. With the signed MoU with RYCO, KOMS will strive to ensure even better representation of young people from Serbia in RYCO’s structures and activities, thus raising RYCO’s visibility and presence among them.
MoU confirmed the readiness to work together to improve the position of young people in the region and promote core principles and values of both organizations: active participation of young people in decision-making processes, peace, solidarity, respect for diversity, trust, and mutual understanding.
During the signing of the MoU, it was emphasized that youth cooperation and youth mainstreaming will remain the focus of the future partnership between KOMS and RYCO with even more joint efforts invested in fostering youth participation and regional networking of youth structures.