Today’s policies will define the future of the Western Balkans, so it only makes sense that the next generation has its say on the issues important to youth. High levels of youth unemployment and disillusionment with stagnant social, political and economic development contribute to youth discontent and brain drain. Policymakers need to engage with and listen to the upcoming generation to transform the narrative around the Western Balkans and make the region an attractive prospect for their futures.
This virtual roundtable will bring together a group of young people from Western Balkan countries to present, debate and disseminate their views. The conversation will focus on their priorities for the future, opinions on EU accession, social policy and education, as well as consider how economic strategies can take the career pathways and opportunities desirable to youth into account.
Taking place just prior to our high-level summit sessions, the conclusions and questions coming out of this roundtable will be put to Western Balkan and EU policymakers participating in the subsequent debates, challenging their perceptions of the status quo and whether their policy initiatives align with youth priorities.
- How do young people view the opportunities for their future in the Western Balkans?
- What do young people think about the possibility of EU membership?
- Do young people feel that politicians and policies represent their priorities?