Interreg API: EU4Balkans – Regional policy

03/25/2022

The cooperation between the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy and Balkan Trafik continues: From March 29 to 31, the EU4BALKANS Mini Festival will be held in Belgrade, Serbia. This is the 1st in a series of events between the two which will be organized in 2022.

From March 29 to 31, the EU4Balkans mini hybrid festival will take place in Serbia, Belgrade.

This event is part of the cooperation activities organized by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy and 1001 suitcase, the organizers of the Balkan Trafik festival, to increase the visibility of regional cooperation within the framework of Interreg IPA in Brussels and in the Western Balkans.

The mini festival aims to cover a series of important issues such as youth employment, inclusion and the development of rural areas in the Western Balkans through cultural events, meetings with the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Culture and Media of Serbia and a debate.

The debate will focus on the empowerment of women, which is essential not only in the EU but also in the Western Balkans. Empowering women means giving them the means and skills to thrive, be independent and change society. Part of the priorities of EU Cohesion Policy 2021-2027 is a more social and inclusive Europe and, indeed, empowering women in societies is an important factor in achieving this goal. Various Interreg IPA programs have supported projects such as FEMTERPRISE, Women Business HUB or Social Entrepreneurship for Women in Rural Areas, enabling them to determine their own career paths, influence social change and improve inclusion. This important subject will be part of the debate on March 31, 2022 with strong young voices from the Western Balkans to shed light on the subject.

EU4Balkans events aim to increase visibility on the logic of Interreg IPA cooperation and EU enlargement policies with all its positive impacts. In particular, culture will serve as a motor for tolerance, mutual understanding and the removal of psychological boundaries towards what connects us. In this perspective, common values ​​such as inclusion, solidarity, multilateralism and global partnership will be embodied, to help the public overcome often mistaken preconceptions about the Western Balkans. Young people will further enrich the events as agents of political change towards a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable society.

The next EU4Balkans events are already in preparation, they will take place from March 29 to April 1, 2022 during the Balkans Trafik Festival in Brussels and Namur and from May 16 to 18, 2022 during the 7and Annual EU Strategy Forum for the Adriatic and Ionian Strategy in Tirana.

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