From 16 to 21 July 2020, 100 young people from Germany, France, Albania, Bosnia-and-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Serbia came together to break new ground for a common Europe. 

The online discussions and workshops focused on history and memory work; migration and mobility; solidarity, climate change, (social) entrepreneurship and the future of the European Union. High-level experts such as Tobias Flessenkemper, Director of the Council of Europe Representation in Serbia, Sébastien Maillard, Director of the Institut Notre Europe Jacques Delors, Viktoria Palm, European Programmes Officer at the Aspen Institute Germany and Emir Suljagic, Director of the Srebre-nica Memorial, contributed to enriching the debates.

And the outcomes are extremely successful: In addition to a roadmap for peace work, a podcast on migration and discussions with refugees, young Europeans and their neighbours should get to know each other and establish contacts over an online platform. A further result is an application with educational tools that aims to raise young people’s awareness towards Europe, tolerance and open societies. Furthermore, the participants compiled their numerous ideas for future pan-European youth exchanges in a report.

Finally, the 18 to 25-year-olds drew up recommendations for the future of Europe and presented them to Michael Roth, German Minister for European Affairs, Anne-Marie Descôtes, H.E. the French Ambassador in Germany, Ditmir Bushati, the former Albanian Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, and the General Secretaries of the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO).

The online conference was organised in the context of the 20th anniversary of the South-East Europe Initiative of the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO) and on the occasion of the German EU Council Presidency. This project of the FGYO took place in cooperation with the Crossborder factory, RYCO, Peuple et Culture, Une Terre Culturelle, Pulse of Europe Toulouse and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights Serbia. The event was financed by the German Foreign Office and the FGYO.

For more information on this European project for the future we invite you to visit the “Re-boot Europe!” website.