ThinkYoung present: Sustainable Kosovo

This Summer in Kosovo

How to develop the youth potential? – Conference
5 March 2012, 1.30 pm, rue De La Science 14b, Brussels

The problem of Kosovo is part of ongoing international and European debates. The history of this region is highly controversial. Kosovo’s current status is the result of the turmoil of the breakup of Yugoslavia, particularly in the years of war, ending with 1999. The European Union has no official position towards Kosovo’s status, but has decided to deploy the EULEX  Mission to ensure a continuation of international civil presence. The young population in Kosovo suffers the most under the current political circumstances. Without the possibility to travel to other countries, young people are isolated and don’t get a chance to experience Europe nor to substantially contribute to the country’s development. The main worry now is that Kosovo could remain isolated even as its neighbours gain the right to free movement within the Schengen area.

On the occasion of the opening of their second office in Brussels, ThinkYoung, a newly established, dynamic think-tank are organising the conference “Sustainable Kosovo. How to develop the youth potential?”  At the conference, they will  present two field surveys: “Political Involvement of Youth in Kosovo” and “Young Kosovars beyond Prishtina”.  Aim of the conference is to make young Europeans aware of the situation of youth  in Kosovo; promote Kosovo’s sustainable development and lobby for visa liberalisation.

In addition, the documentary “This summer in Kosovo” realised by Alberto Gerosa, will be screened. The documentary shows what young people in rural Kosovo want for their futures, as well as what their thoughts are on the current political and economical situation of their country. The film is based on few encounters with young people from different regions of Kosovo, examining the sustainable development of the country and specifically of rural areas, where a significant part of families’ income depends on foreign help given by emigrants who send money home from abroad. Among others, the film deals with topics such as the cultural city of Jiakova and its response to the recent past, the multicultural and multiconfessional Prizren, and the bridge of Mitrovica, which splits the city into two ethnic communities.

H.E. Illir Dugolli, Kosovo Ambassador
Ulrike Lunacek, MEP The Green Alternative
Alexandra Stiglmeyer, Secretary General for the European Stability Initiative
Stephanie Harfensteller, Project Manager at ThinkYoung
Doris Pack, MEP European People’s Party
Participants of the study trip organised by ThinkYoung
Moderator: Andrea Gerosa, founder of ThinkYoung

The conference will take place in English.

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