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EU-Balkan Youth Forum “What is Europe?”

The EU-Balkan forum “What is Europe?”, funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will take place 22-26 November in Rome. It is an opportunity for youth from the entire continent to discuss common issues, face policymakers and mobilize new energies from below, facilitating the emergence of a young transnational network to engineer new initiatives and bring about fresh views on both the EU and Balkan integration.

The Forum will also channel its conclusions to the “Conference on the Future of Europe” launched by the EU for 2021-2022, to allow citizens from across the continent to submit their views on the future of the EU.

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will help the participants start new projects after the Forum, with a view to realize effective initiatives in bringing together networks from different countries across the EU and the Balkans and address the issues that stand in the way of further integration.


Two university students for each of the 27 UE Member States and four from each of the Western Balkans 6 countries. Working Language is English.

Participants will receive air tickets and full board treatment.


Applications are welcome from University students of any major from all EU and non-EU Balkan countries, with a proven interest in EU issues and preferably with an active participation in youth networks/associations to increase awareness on issues of EU integration. Ability and preparedness to act on transnational projects in the main areas discussed by the Forum is appreciated.
Applicants should have no more than 26 years of age by November 30th.
Applicants should send a one-page CV, together with a one page proposal on how youth can make a difference in no more than two of the five topics to be discussed in the working groups at the Forum.
The deadline for applications is October 15th.

The event will be held in person and participants will need to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. All health safety measures and distancing will be in place.

Register HERE