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What′s in for youth in the Economic and Investment Plan for the WB6?

In October 2020, the European Commission adopted the Economic and Investment Plan (EIP) for the Western Balkans which aims to foster the post-pandemic recovery of the region, its economic development, and convergence with the European Union. Six themes with ten flagship projects within this plan have been designed to support human capital development, sustainable connectivity, competitiveness, and inclusive growth, and the twin energy and digital transition. While the EIP is still in the phase of planning and preparation, there is a lack of information on the ground from all involved stakeholders. As such Connecting Youth (CY) platform has initiated the assessment of the EIP from the perspective of youth, thus aiming to encourage youth active involvement in such sectoral policy-making processes from their initiation to implementation, under the emphasis that rather than just being a beneficiary, youth should be an actor of change throughout the whole process.

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The research was conducted in the period from May to July 2021. Based on the methodological approach and data collection method, the research was both qualitative and quantitative, i.e. both of the research and data collection methods were used.

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The Life of Young People in Serbia: The Influence of the COVID-19 Pandemic Research Summary

The current crisis has brought to the surface the existing barriers that young people face on the path to the full realization of their right to autonomy, but also deepened inequalities, especially in regards to their right to work and right to education, which consequently reflects on their mental health. Additionally, youth and for youth organizations face serious challenges in implementing their programs and working in our society.

Despite this, youth and organized youth were at the forefront of the pandemic response, supporting and initiating numerous volunteering activities of support and solidarity.

The document in front of you represents the summary of the research, Life of Youth in Serbia – Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic, conducted by the National Youth Council of Serbia with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia, which highlights the position and attitudes of young people in Serbia in the context of the pandemic. The research indicates impairment of Youth rights and offers recommendations for intersectoral and solidarity response to the crisis.

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ALTERNATIVE REPORT about the position and needs of the youth in Republic of Serbia 2020

This research was conducted from May to July of 2020. Based on the methodology of the research and the way in which the data was collected, this research is both qualitative and quantative. This means that both methods of research and data collecting were used. This research included several different techniques of data collection:

  1. Document analysis (desk analysis)
  2. Focus groups
  3. Online questionnaire for the youth
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BLUEPRINT ON YOUTH DIALOGUE IN THE SEE6 - National Youth Councils and their role in the Youth Dialogue

A joint research conducted last year by the partners of the Western Balkans Youth Cooperation Platform highlighted how the low engagement of young people from the SEE62 in the public debate, in local and central governance, or school and university reform processes, has negatively impacted the way towards addressing youth issues related to education, employment and reform processes in general. At EU level, the EU Youth Dialogue is the standard mechanism engaging the youngsters and making sure that their opinion, views and needs are taken into account when EU defines youth policies. The Dialogue has its cycles, with each of them focusing on a different theme set by the Council of Youth Ministers from Member States. The National Youth Councils play a crucial role in this process. This Paper reflects on the current map of National Youth umbrella organizations in the SEE6, analyzes their role in the process of creation of national youth policies, as well as provides useful insights on the supportive or inhibitive features of existing frameworks that enable Youth Dialogue standards implementation in practice.