Institute for European Affairs is focusing on negotiations between Serbia and the EU as well as on strengthening the capacity of all sides involved in the process. Given the complexity and long duration of the process, the Institute brings together a large number of professionals and external experts with whom organises trainings, debates and other forms of capacity development. We want to contribute to enhanced understanding of Serbia-EU relations. The Institute provides multi-perspective trainings in order to enable active participation of professionals and citizens in the decision-making processes. The Institute actively advocates for fundamental reforms within the EU integration process and in cooperation with partners working on strengthening Serbia's capacity to face the challenges of the global world through collective action. The overall objective is active membership of Serbia in Euro-Atlantic framework for the benefit of all citizens.

Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors

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Interactive and interdisciplinary study visit on European Integration

as a tool for the Regional Reconciliation

2012 – 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

Come to Belgrade meet the Region

Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors is very intensive programme which includes a five-day study visit, peer to peer education, media appearances and essay publishing. During the first year, the programme was opened to twenty young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and Serbia. Since 2013 candidates from Macedonia are also eligible to applyfor this programme.Participants are high level university students majoring in social sciences and humanities and young professionals from the above mentioned countries.

Selected participants are granted a scholarship to cover the expenses of the programme, travel costs, accommodation, food and public transportation.

The idea of this programme is to encourage multi-perspective discussions on topics relevant to the future of the entire area of former Yugoslavia. We think that the exchange of experiences between young people from neighbouring countries, which are all at different stages of transition, could help form new ideas and overcome conflicts from the past. Our belief is that only in this way peaceful development of the region will be possible.

The curriculum consists of three core topics, which will be elaborated in very intensive 8 hour working day: EU Integration, History Education and process of Reconciliation in the Region. Selected participants attend lectures and visit different types of institutions (government, embassies, universities, political parties and NGOs).Program lecturersand moderators are well educated experts drawn from diplomacy, governmental institutions, universities and non-governmental organisations.

After the study visit, participants organise follow up activities (Media appearances, Discussion groups, Essays) in their local communities, discussing EU integrations and regional reconciliation.All successful participants are issued a certificate and honour to become the Youth Reconciliation Ambassadors in the Region.

First generation

First generation - Agenda

First generation – Agenda

Second generation

Second generation - Agenda

Second generation – Agenda

Third generation

Second generation - Agenda

Third generation – Agenda

Fourth generation

Second generation - Agenda

Fourth generation – Agenda

Fifth generation

Fifth - Agenda

Fifth generation – Agenda

Sixth generation

Sixth- Agenda

Sixth generation – Agenda

Branko Ružić, Minister for EU integrations

Branko Ružić, Minister for EU integrations

Michael Davenport, Head of the RU Delegation in Serbia

Michael Davenport, Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia

Gordan Markotić, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Belgrade

Gordan Markotić, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in Belgrade

Dominic-Haydn Braithwaite, British Embassy in Belgrade

Dominic-Haydn Braithwaite, British Embassy in Belgrade

Žarko Korać, Vice President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia

Žarko Korać, Vice President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia

Tanja Miščević, Serbian Chief EU Negotiator

Tanja Miščević, Serbian Chief EU Negotiator

Milica Delević, Head of Serbian European Integration Office

Milica Delević, Head of Serbian European Integration Office

Nevena Petrušić, Commissioner for Protection of Equality

Nevena Petrušić, Commissioner for Protection of Equality

Saša Janković, Ombudsperson

Saša Janković, Ombudsperson

Rodoljub Šabić, Commisioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection

Rodoljub Šabić, Commisioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection

Ivana Ćirković, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society

Ivana Ćirković, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Civil Society

Nebojša Tasić, Head of Division for Education, Campaigns and Cooperation with Civil Society, Sector for Prevention, Anti-Corruption Agency

Nebojša Tasić, Head of Division for Education, Campaigns and Cooperation with Civil Society, Sector for Prevention, Anti-Corruption Agency

Milan Pajević, Head of the ISAC Fund

Milan Pajević, Head of the ISAC Fund

Jelena Milić, Head of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

Jelena Milić, Head of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

Maja Bobić, European Movement in Serbia

Maja Bobić, European Movement in Serbia

Dušan Jovanović, OSCE Mission to Serbia

Dušan Jovanović, OSCE Mission to Serbia

Marijana Toma, Humanitarian Law Center

Marijana Toma, Humanitarian Law Center

Ivan Kuzminović, Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

Ivan Kuzminović, Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade

Vladan Avramović, British Embassy in Belgrade

Vladan Avramović, British Embassy in Belgrade

Dubravka Stojanović, Professor of History at Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade

Dubravka Stojanović, Professor of History at Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade

Srđan Milošević, Institute for Recent History

Srđan Milošević, Institute for Recent History

Miloš Hrnjaz, Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Political Sciences University of Belgrade

Miloš Hrnjaz, Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Political Sciences University of Belgrade

Tamara Tomašević, Youth trainer

Tamara Tomašević, Freelance trainer

Marko Stanisavljević, Youth trainer, In memoriam

Marko Stanisavljević, Youth trainer, In memoriam

Dušan Janjić, Politički analitičar

Dušan Janjić, Political Analyst

Borko Stefanović, Narodni poslanik

Borko Stefanović, Member of Parliament

Valdet Sadiku, Oficir za vezu Prištine u Beogradu

Valdet Sadiku, Liaison Officer of Prishtina to Belgrade

Pierre-Mirel-Lecturer-at-Science-Po

Pierre Mirel, Lecturer at Science Po

Olja Bećković, novinarka

Olja Bećković, Journalist

Janja Simentić, Faculty of Political Sciences

Janja Simentić, Faculty of Political Sciences

Sanja Mešanović, Negotiating Team for  Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union

Sanja Mešanović, Negotiating Team for Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union

Novak Vučo - Office of the War Crines Prosecutor

Novak Vučo, Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor

First generation

Second generation

Adnan Smajić

Adnan Smajić

Aleksandra Lazarević

Aleksandra Lazarević

Alem Isanović

Alem Isanović

Amina Herak

Amina Herak

Astrit Zatriqi

Astrit Zatriqi

Dženita Čolak

Dženita Čolak

Emir Bihorac

Emir Bihorac

Endrit Kadriu

Endrit Kadriu

Hadis Karatashi

Hadis Karatashi

Jasmina Karatošić

Jasmina Karatošić

Jelena Blagojević

Jelena Blagojević

Ksenija Simović

Ksenija Simović

Milan Dadasović

Milan Dadasović

Miloš Vasić

Miloš Vasić

Nermina Vračo

Nermina Vračo

Nikolina Kunić

Nikolina Kunić

Rejhan Kurbašević

Rejhan Kurbašević

Sanela Sadiković

Sanela Sadiković

Senad Hašić

Senad Hašić

Violeta Hamza

Violeta Hamza

Third generation

Agon Dula

Agon Dula

Admir Juković

Admir Juković

Aleksandar Jerinić

Aleksandar Jerinić

Aleksandra Savevska

Aleksandra Savevska

Andrej Petrovski

Andrej Petrovski

Ardi Jusufi

Ardi Jusufi

Aulona Mehmeti

Aulona Memeti

Boris Jurošević

Boris Jurošević

Dejan Remetić

Dejan Remetić

Dragana Cvetković

Dragana Cvetković

Elton Fidovski

Elton Fidovski

Envera Suljić

Envera Suljić

Fjolla Kavaja

Fjolla Kavaja

Harun Išerić

Harun Išerić

Jasmin Omerdić

Jasmin Omerdić

Majlinda Mulla

Majlinda Mulla

Marija Ilievska

Marija Ilievska

Mirjana Vasić

Mirjana Vasić

Nataša Šaru

Nataša Šaru

Nedima Džaferagić

Nedima Džaferagić

Nemanja Stojanović

Nemanja Stojanović

Nenad Mišković

Nenad Mišković

Saša Grujović

Saša Grujović

Tijana Šorgić

Tijana Šorgić

Fourth generation

Aleksa Krunić

Aleksa Krunić

Ana Plavšić

Ana Plavšić

Antonija Vidaković

Antonija Vidaković

Asmir Šestan

Asmir Šestan

Dalila Goran

Dalila Goran

Delila Hasanbegović

Delila Hasanbegović

Dušan Jovčić

Dušan Jovčić

Haris Kušmić

Haris Kušmić

Igor Nikolić

Igor Nikolić

Izudin Karić

Izudin Karić

Jasmina Pislevikj

Jasmina Pislevikj

Krenar Shala

Krenar Shala

Liza Gashi

Liza Gashi

Mejdi Sadiku

Mejdi Sadiku

Mergime Kajtazi

Mergime Kajtazi

Neira Kardović

Neira Kardović

Nikola Burazer

Nikola Burazer

Sanja Cvetkova

Sanja Cvetkova

Veton Breznica

Veton Breznica

Viktorija Petreska

Viktorija Petreska

Fifth generation

Venesa Mušović

Venesa Mušović

Tamara Bilbija

Tamara Bilbija

Sanja Bogatinovska

Sanja Bogatinovska

Sanida Sakić

Sanida Sakić

Riana Veseli

Riana Veseli

Predrag Stanojević

Predrag Stanojević

Miloš Vukadinović

Miloš Vukadinović

Miloš Golijanin

Miloš Golijanin

Kristijan Fidanovski

Kristijan Fidanovski

Katarina Bošnjak

Katarina Bošnjak

Filip Cvetanovski

Filip Cvetanovski

Fatlum Gashi

Fatlum Gashi

Enna Zone Đonlć

Enna Zone Đonlć

Enes Lukač

Enes Lukač

Dhurata Prokshi

Dhurata Prokshi

Daniel Gjokjeski

Daniel Gjokjeski

Branislav Trudić

Branislav Trudić

Boris Pavlović

Boris Pavlović

Anesa Aliti

Anesa Aliti

Shpresa Frrokaj

Shpresa Frrokaj

Sixth generation

Angela Gjekanovikj

Angela Gjekanovikj

Blinera Shala

Blinera Shala

Frosina Doninovska

Frosina Doninovska

Hristijan Petrushev

Hristijan Petrushev

Ismet-Fatih Cancar

Ismet-Fatih Cancar

Ivana-Vuchkova

Ivana Vuchkova

Jeta Statovci

Jeta Statovci

Jovana Radovanović

Jovana Radovanović

Katarina-Cukovic

Katarina Cuković

Kenan-Hodzic

Kenan-Hodžić

Liridon-Ramadani

Liridon Ramadani

Migjen-Krasniqi

Migjen Krasniqi

Milan-Kostadinovic

Milan Kostadinović

Miloslav-Daniel

Miloslav Daniel

Mirela-Hrnjic

Mirela Hrnjić

Nidzara-Helja

Nidzara Helja

Predrag-Topalov

Predrag Topalov

Samet-Shabani

Samet Shabani

Sanel-Prelic

Sanel Prelić

Shendriza-Prokshi

Shendriza Prokshi

Veton Breznica, Kosovo

„I thought the programme was ace. You have a powerful mission with the YRA programme and I encourage you to continue because you change people’s thinking towards regional cooperation and reconciliation, and with that you change their lives for the better.

Hence, I am happy I was invited to take part in YRA, I had a fabulous time and I definitely highly recommend YRA whenever I speak about Youth Education Committee.“

Andrej Petrovski, Macedonia

„Being part of the YRA programme was utterly compelling experience. Not only because of meeting actual institutions and their representatives, but mostly for having the chance to make acquaintances with young people from the region who assembled in Belgrade in order to promote their values and views on the issues we share, regarding the process of reconciliation and the social phenomenon of dealing with the past. From that point, I can say that the YRA programme is a good mechanism that congregates young people who come from communities that, at the time these people were growing up, fought against each other in some of the bloodiest conflicts in modern history. It is my belief that this programme should carry on ameliorating, with every new generation surpassing the previous.“

Bojana Miletić, Serbia

„In my opinion it was very important that we had a chance to have this mutual experience and to hear about certain historical facts about our recent past from different perspectives. Studying multi-perspective approach to wars and perception of ’heroes’ creates sensitivity and empathy that helped us understand ideologicaly-nationalistic quakes and conflicting interests.“

Izudin Karić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

„I find this programme to be very interactive and productive… We participated in discussions that were useful for us and that contributed to development of certain skills important for the Regional reconciliation. The fact that participants of this programme became open for discussion and objectivity when talking about certain events from the past, as well as the fact that young people are ready and willing to work on peacebuilding, I see as a great success of this programme.“