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Youth in focus as Europe Day is celebrated across the Western Balkans

13/05/2019 - 14:10
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Cultural events, debates and activities for children and young people were some of many activities when EU Delegations, Offices and Info Centres in the Western Balkans celebrated Europe Day.

“The Power of Youth” was the motto for the Europe Week activities in Albania, ranging from quizzes to exchanges with EU Member States' ambassadors, to sports and cultural events. High Representative Federica Mogherini spoke at the premiere of the opera 'Il Trovatore', and the week also saw the opening of the new Europe House in Tirana.


Bosnia and Herzegovina
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe Day is celebrated throughout the month of May with film screenings, debates, hiking tours, virtual visits to European museums, and other activities. On 9 May, the spotlight was on young innovators and scientists, and Europe Day celebrations were held at the National Museum in Sarajevo.   



Highlights of the Europe Week in Kosovo included the official opening of the new Europe House in Pristina, musical performances and discussions with citizens on education, entrepreneurial opportunities and European values. The potential of youth was highlighted in the op-ed "The youth are showing the way to Kosovo’s European future" by Nataliya Apostolova, Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, and Heads of Mission of EU Member States in Kosovo sent a video message celebrating Europe Day.



The EU Delegation to Montenegro celebrates Europe Day throughout May with a number of panels, cultural events and educational activities. On Europe Day, a show and workshop for children about environmental protection was arranged, and the day after a big concert in Podgorica with regional bands Gramophonedzie Live Experience and MaiKA. In addition, an EU-Montenegro football tournament was held.


North Macedonia
Europe Day activities in North Macedonia addressed issues affecting future of youth, and an #EUforYou campaign on the environment and sustainability was launched. Actor Driton Vejseli was voted European of the Year. 


In Serbia, major public events included a free concert in Belgrade with youth orchestra “Muzika Nade” - an EU supported project making music accessible to children – and the outdoor fair “Grad Evrope”. At the fair, EU Member States presented their national food and culture, demonstrating the EU motto “Unity in Diversity”. In parallel, the EU Delegation launched the campaign #EUzaTebe ("EU for you"), showing what the relationship between the EU and Serbia is already delivering in energy, culture, environmental protection, education, and other sectors.