August 2018 marked the start of implementation of the EnlargeEUrope project, first one for the European Movement in Serbia being co-financed by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.
Project will go on for just short of two years and will see a number of interesting public events and activities in six European countries in which the implementing partners operate. Two events already took place – in Montenegro a youth camp REACT! organized by the Alpha Centre from Nikšić, and an expert panel dedicated to the EU Enlargement policy held in the scope of the renowned international conference Belgrade Security Forum in Belgrade, Serbia.
REACT! Youth Camp provided a place to exchange experiences between young people from the Western Balkan countries through education about the concept, advantages and importance of the regional cooperation. The Camp researched different aspects and stages of accession to the EU and the NATO, while discussing youth policy, defense policy, international relations, rule of law, and human rights. It was an opportunity for brainstorming for the future of the region, as well as for better understanding of political and defense issues in Europe.
The eighth issue of the Belgrade Security Forum was opened with a plenary panel titled “Balkans 2025” organized by the European Movement in Serbia, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy. Panelists argued that the change in approach to the EU accession negotiation process was needed, both by the aspiring countries and the EU itself. It was concluded that 2025 as a date was not that important and that the focus should be on achieving reforms as soon as possible.
Project activities will continue in November with youth events and online campaign.
EnlargEUrope aims to contribute to better understanding and promotion of significance of Enlargement process by connecting Past and Present EU experience and engage present and future generations of EU citizens. It will involve over 650 participants, mostly youth, directly through various forms of debates and 500.000 reached online. The debate topics are focused on: Enlargement in 2025–Possible future for Serbia and Montenegro, CEE Enlargement – lessons from citizens` perspective and Expending Peace in Europe: 15 Years of the Bing Bang.
The project is being implemented by the European Movement in Serbia in partnership with the Alpha Center from Montenegro, GONG from Croatia, the Youth Entrepreneurship Promotion Association from Lithuania, the Romanian Academic Society and the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation. Learn more about the project here.