On Tuesday 3rd of April, Béatrice Angrand and Marcus Ingenlath had the honour to receive H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo in France, Qëndrim Gashi. The talks were, on the one hand, about the first actions of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) – a youth exchange structure of the 6 Western Balkan countries inspired by the FGYO and which the FGYO accompanied during its whole creation process. On the other side, they also discussed franco-german cooperation as a source of inspiration for this European region, as well as the European Union’s Balkan-strategy. One of the 6 axes of this strategy (the flagship initiative) concerns itself with reconciliation processes and youth involvement in it.
The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) is an international organization working for Franco-German cooperation, which has enabled nearly 9 million young people from France and Germany to participate in 320,000 exchange programs since 1963.