In Tirana, on October 20, 2021, the National Youth Congress of Serbia (KOMS) and National Youth Congress of Albania (KRK) have signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Enhancing Bilateral Co-operation Among Youth Actors from Albania and Serbia.
With this Memorandum, KOMS and KRK strive to establish and improve the current cooperation between the two countries through enhanced cooperation between the two umbrella bodies and cooperation of their member organizations and relevant actors in the field of youth policy, on the path paved through the Memorandum of Understanding on youth cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Albania on Youth Cooperation (2014), cooperation within the Berlin Process, the Open Balkan initiative, and previous cooperation between the line ministries through the “Enhancing regional connectivity between Serbian and Albanian youth actors” project supported by the OSCE Mission to Serbia.
Also, KOMS and KRK, as well as a consortium of their member organizations, took ownership of the Humans of Albania and Serbia platform, as they will jointly work on its re-establishment and management and through which organizations from Serbia and Albania will strengthen their capacities and increase visibility, exchange and create examples of good practice through bilateral cooperation.
The visit which lasted from 18 to 21 October and the Memorandum itself also aimed to encourage the exchange of good practice examples, shared interests, and aims of European Youth Capital title winners Novi Sad and Tirana, as they are significant not only for Albania and Serbia but also for the entire Western Balkans region.
For this reason, in addition to the members of the KOMS Secretariat, Tirana was visited by representatives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, The OSCE Mission to Serbia, OPENS, and KOM018 as KOMS member organization representing the consortium.
Together we also visited the Head Office of the Regional Office for Youth Cooperation (RYCO), while KOMS and KRK and their member organizations met with representatives of the Institute for Development and Cooperation (CDI), a longtime partner of both youth umbrella bodies.
KOMS and KRK, together with their member organizations and partners, will continue to work in the coming period to strengthen cooperation between youth policy actors in Serbia and Albania, not only between civil society organizations but also line ministries and other key stakeholders.
The meeting in Tirana was organized with the support of the OSCE Mission to Serbia.