The Federal Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Culture and Sports of Bosnia and Herzegovina Gavrilo Grahovac presented youth policies and in the country, as well as their solutions, in a meeting with the participants in the second seminar of the Bulgarian School of Politics’ Regional Program.

The meeting took place in the Federal Government building in Sarajevo to conclude the second day of discussion with the “Challenges to youth participation in the youth policies in the Balkans: best practices and lessons leaned”.

Ms. Caroline Ravaud, special representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to Bosnia and Herzegovina, was also present at the meeting.

“We do everything in our ability to encourage youth in our country to communicate and undertake joint initiatives, which we could support”, said Deputy Prime-Minister Grahovac in his address. According to him, the most important aspects of youth policies are those of education, expansion of employment opportunities as an alternative to youth unemployment, and youth mobility.

According to Caroline Ravaud, it is extremely important for young people to be attracted to politics, and that is among the tasks of the network of 16 Schools of Political Studies under the auspices of the Council of Europe. She praised highly the Regional Program of the Bulgarian School of Politics and its efforts to unite young people from the region to solve the problems of youth.

“If one compares side by side similarities and differences of challenges faced by young people, one will see that similarities outnumber the differences,” said Executive Director of the Bulgarian School of Politics Irina Alexieva. She stressed that the Bulgarian School’s Regional Program will conclude in June in Sofia, when 32 participants from of 8 countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro, will present a White Paper on youth policy on the Balkans.

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