YouthTrail/ Promoting OSCE Values for Young People in the Western Balkans
Albanian Daily News
Published September 14, 2017
The OSCE Presence in Albania, in conjunction with the Tirana Municipality and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) held the event for Youth Trail, an initiative aiming to promote the OSCE values among young people in the Western Balkans.
The initiative, financially supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), will see 40 young people from Western Balkan countries engage in a programme of training and discussion sessions, as well as social and outdoor activities that are being held in and around the Albanian capital from 13 to 17 September 2017.
Youth Trail also highlights 2017 as the 20th anniversary of OSCE Presence in Albania, in the spirit of the Presence's work on democracy, co-operation, peace and security as core OSCE values.
In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Bernd Borchardt, Head of OSCE Presence in Albania, said the young generation must make sure current political efforts in the Western Balkan region for reconciliation and working together succeed.
"We invited you here to meet other young people from the region, to become friends and to discuss best practises in areas of OSCE engagement. And also to have some fun," Ambassador Borchardt told the young people from across the region attending the event. "But we also expect views, results, input from you - for our work."
Participants were also welcomed by remarks from Johan Sattler, Ambassador of Austria to Albania, Djuro Blanusa, Secretary General of RYCO - as well as Odeta Barbullushi, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and Arbjan Mazniku, Deputy Mayor of Tirana.