During the Poznań Summit, Poland welcomed the Heads of Government of the Berlin Process participants, as well as representatives of the European Institutions, International Financial Institutions, OECD, the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office. In the Chair’s conclusions, they commended the progress made by RYCO and reaffirmed their support for the organization.
The Leaders reaffirmed the importance of young people for the future of the Western Balkans and the need to tackle brain drain. They remain concerned about the persistent shortage of opportunities for young people in the region. They agreed that increased efforts are needed in order to provide opportunities for youth that would encourage participation and entrepreneurship, modernize education, increase job specific skills and employment opportunities, and encourage brain circulation and social and economic inclusion.
Participants took good note of the main conclusions and recommendations of the Youth Forum under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union “How to better respond to European Aspirations of the young generations in the Western Balkans”, which was held in Bucharest on 28 and 29 May 2019.
The Leaders commended the progress made by RYCO and reaffirmed their support for the organization. They applauded opportunities that RYCO created for the cooperation and mobility of young people in the region, welcoming the launch of the Western Balkans Youth Lab (WB6 Lab), a regional incubator for social entrepreneurship and innovation dedicated to young leaders.
To access the Conclusions of the Western Balkans Poznań Summit, please click here.