Day 1

18:00

Is the European model for the Western Balkans destined to fail?

The opening panel of the Summit is an informative debate which will present the various negatives and positives of the Western Balkans European integration processes. After a brief presentation of the two moderators, the discussion will examine where we, as Western Balkans countries, are on our path to becoming „European“, and how the general attitude of the European Union towards the Western Balkans as a viable candidate in the credible enlargement strategy has shifted, as well as how societies and state actors in the Western Balkans approach the topic of EU accession processes as well as what the overarching sentiment towards EU is.

Frosina Hall

19:30

Cocktail and welcome drinks

Frosina Hall

Day 2

08:00

Running with 442 and 091/Running for peace

The running side-event is a fun and engaging way to get to know the work of runner collectives whose work aims to build bridges between divided groups. The running groups will present their work and proceed to lead a mini-run for the participants.

09:30

Kitsch tour - Skopje 2014

This city tour is an interactive, engaging learning experience that will allow participants to get to know the details behind the grand corruption scheme of the Skopje 2014 project. The tour will give background information about the progress North Macedonia has made in terms of democratization, how processes of revolution happen over time, how protests factor into that and how civic engagement looks on a local level. The participants would gain greater understanding of why the Youth Summit is in Skopje and how that relates to the larger picture of the Summit content.

10:00

Regional perspective of EuroPride 2022

Due to Belgrade Pride winning EuroPride2022, a regional open meeting will be held with all representatives from all the Pride executive and organization boards from the region. The open discussion will be an exchange of separate and collective Pride experiences, as well as a creative, idea-generating session to come up with concrete plans and ideas for EuroPride 2022 in order to give it more of a regional component.

Frosina Hall

11:30

Special Address – in memory of Nadia Diuk

The lecture is a 30-minute presentation by a young activist, with the aim of presenting to the audience the importance of youth engagement and activism in the process of generating great democratic changes and developments. The lecture will be opened by a representative from NED (tbc) who will present Nadia’s work and legacy, as well as the importance of continuing her work.

Frosina Hall

12:30

Central panel

Dealing with the past - recognizing power in pain

This panel will present the stories of young people affected by the wars in ex-Yugoslavia, and about how they channeled their pain into forces of change, truth and reconciliation. The discussion within the panel will shed light on how victims and victim families can become not only the object of discussion in reconciliation processes, but rather subjects who are active participants in peacebuilding in the Balkans.

Frosina Hall

16:00

MKC Gallery

Art and activism - the process of formatting your message

Artists who use their work to advocate and to be politically engaged will lead this workshop as a form of explanation of the creative process behind forming advocacy campaigns. They will teach participants about the different forms of expression that can be used to share a message, the tools needed to accomplish those forms and how to separate the message that is being sent out from the format itself.

Pocket Cinema

Digital security workshop

A hands-on, practical workshop aimed at enabling HRDs to safely navigate digital spaces. Participants will register in advance and be required to bring laptops in order to directly download, install and learn how to use relevant applications and tools that will enhance their online safety.

Upper Foyer

What social media can't do

This panel will discuss all the illusions and limitations of online campaigns and online forms of activism, with the aim of prompting dialogue about street actions and their importance in raising awareness and generating change both on a local and broader level. Several examples will be given of how certain online campaigns neglected to impact actual change as well as how the bridge from street actions and campaigns to online formats could be built in an efficient way.

18:00

Pocket Cinema

Peacebuilding through sports

This panel will explore how various forms of sports associations and actions can impact the reduction of youth radicalization and prompt local and regional peacebuilding, as well as present a platform for experience exchange and concrete examples of peacebuilding through sports given by the panelists.

Upper Foyer

Question everything - Political Youth Network panel

Questioning and discussing major European political challenges and concepts – from all (democratic) ideological perspectives through aquarium debate model.

Day 3

09:30

Kitsch tour - Skopje 2014

This city tour is an interactive, engaging learning experience that will allow participants to get to know the details behind the grand corruption scheme of the Skopje 2014 project. The tour will give background information about the progress North Macedonia has made in terms of democratization, how processes of revolution happen over time, how protests factor into that and how civic engagement looks on a local level. The participants would gain greater understanding of why the Youth Summit is in Skopje and how that relates to the larger picture of the Summit content.

10:00

Political Priorities for WB in 2020 / CRO presidency and WB Summit

The year 2020 will mark the first presidency within the EU of Croatia as an EU member state. The presidency will take place in the first half of 2020. After that, in July, the Sofia and Skopje Summit, as a continuation of the Berlin process, will take place.

Upper Foyer

11:30

Frosina Hall

Behind the reform scene

This lecture will examine what reforms entail in reality and in practice – what’s behind the big words “reform”. The lecture will be led by Boris Jokić, initiator of big educational reforms in Croatia, who will be shedding light on who you need to collaborate with in order to implement and launch reforms, who you need to make compromises with, what are the guarantees for success and failure when creating and implementing reforms.

Upper Foyer

Starting point – Thinking behind building (online) media campaigns

This workshop will present to participants how to make those first steps in online campaigns - effective videos, posts and social media activity that could contribute to raising awareness and visibility of their causes and organizations. Examples of effective online and community campaigns that have offline impact will be given and discussed in order to bring closer the bridge between online and offline for an effective campaign.

12:30

Central panel

Day after tomorrow: from advocacy to action

This central panel will explore about processes relating to big regime changes, about misconceptions and lessons learned from these processes, how revolutions look in their aftermath, once mass protests are over and the implementation and structuring of a new system take place. The panelists will each present shortly on how this process evolved in their countries, as well as what the situation is like on-field currently, and their main take-aways from the process.

Frosina Hall

16:00

MKC Gallery

Art and activism - the process of formatting your message

Artists who use their work to advocate and to be politically engaged will lead this workshop as a form of explanation of the creative process behind forming advocacy campaigns. They will teach participants about the different forms of expression that can be used to share a message, the tools needed to accomplish those forms and how to separate the message that is being sent out from the format itself.

Pocket Cinema

Digital security workshop

A hands-on, practical workshop aimed at enabling HRDs to safely navigate digital spaces. Participants will register in advance and be required to bring laptops in order to directly download, install and learn how to use relevant applications and tools that will enhance their online safety.

Upper Foyer

Brains are drained - what now

Two conflicting ideas are widely accepted in our societies: promoting youth mobility and keeping youngsters in our countries. This panel will discuss the effect of massive “brain-drain” on Western Balkans states economies and societies, and how to create an environment of a healthy economy within the context of educated and qualified young people leaving their countries.

18:00

Closing event

Presenting the Skopje Youth Summit Declaration which will send a strong and decisive message to key stakeholders in the Western Balkans EU integration processes.

Frosina Hall