Conference: European Values for the Future of SEE Countries

Location: Krusevo, Republic of North Macedonia

Dates: 26-30 September 2019

Number of participants: 68 participants

Participating countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey

Organizer: Youth Alliance

Apply here: Application form

Application deadline: 25 August 2019

Date of selection: 2 September 2019

Inquiries about this training course: Anelija Mitrova at


Participation fee

For 58 participants all costs are covered by the organizers. For aditional 10 participation fee is 180 Euro

Accommodation and food

For 58 participants costs for accommodation and food will be fully covered by the organizers.

Travel reimbursement

80% of the travel costs will be covered by the organizers.

Conference –  European Values for the Future of SEE Countries

Traditional International Youth Conference brings together the most valuable young leaders, workers and activists from the region for the past 17 years (since 2003).

About the Conference

The International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of the SEE Countries“ was held for the very first time in 2003. The European values in the SEE countries were a significant issue affecting everyone. Now, 17 years from the organization of the first conference, the topic is still fresh and unanswered, but the political – economic map of the region has notably changed.

Although all countries embarked from the same point, the situation today with all of them is different. Some of the countries of the region like Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia became members of the Euro-Atlantic integration structures. Others, like Montenegro and Serbia are already on a good path to achieving their goal. Others like Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania and Turkey are somewhere half way, each of them trying to overcome their specific problems. It is obvious that the situation is complicated and takes a lot of work and motivation for the mosaic of values to be properly compiled. All societies and entities from the region share the same aspirations of integration in the Euro-Atlantic structures and they all understand that the joint collaboration is the right way to build a sustainable future.

The strategy of expanding the EU not only promotes stability, but also is based on regional collaboration, mutual understanding and respect, healthy neighborly relations based on open cooperation, reconciliation and addressing issues of the past with sobriety. The International Youth Conference “European Values for the Future of SEE Countries“ for twelfth consecutive years lives as a forum where 68 active, successful and able young leaders, youth workers and representatives of prominent NGOs from 16 countries. Those fighters for a better future are sharing their visions, strategies, campaigns and way of thinking during the 5-day forum. They are using the Conference as an orientation marker for their future plans in the field of European values because it is well known that the conference is the perfect base for proclaiming new ideas and creating new politics. The International Youth Conference is a unique place, a cultural crossroad where discussions for: rule of law, democracy, human rights, freedom of speech, free-market economy, political inclusiveness and right of free sexual orientation, are mixing while we are putting together the mosaic of the future.

Application Process

The Conference will bring together up to 58 participants from the countries from the SEE region (North Macedonia (host country), Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia) and Turkey and guests from youth organizations partners from Germany, France and Poland in the role of mentors.

The International Youth Conference will offer the possibility for a scholarship to 58 participants, including fully covered accommodation fees, food and 80% from the travel expenses. The rest of the participants, who wish to participate, will be able to do that by covering all of the accommodation, food and travel expenses, and for that, they will be notified via e-mail.

Participants profile

  • youth workers, youth leaders, active young people, multipliers, as well as representatives of youth networks;
  • available to actively attend the full duration of the Conference;
  • able to communicate in English, the working language of the Conference;
  • above 18 years old.

The applicants are requested to fill in the online application. The call for participants will be open until 25th of August, 2019. You can expect an answer from us seven days after this date.