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RYCO’s seat in Tirana

RYCO’s seat in Tirana
Tirana, 6 October 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

The Albanian government gives way to the ratification of the Agreement for the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans, signed by the prime ministers of Western Balkans countries during the Paris Summit in July 2016.

RYCO is the second regional incentive after the Western Balkan Fund and its seat will be in Tirana.

Foreign Minister, Ditmir Bushati says that RYCO is the newest and the most ambitious incentives for the strengthening of regional cooperation.

“This incentive aims at encouraging different forms of cooperation between youngsters in the region in close cooperation with the civil society, through the holding of joint projects”, Albanian Foreign Minister says.

Inspired by the experience of the Youth German-French Office, RYCO relies on the will of six countries of the region to focus on the establishment of more contacts, cooperation, understanding and friendship between youngsters to further strengthen the spirit of reconciliation in the region.

RYCO will be aiming to “promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the region” through exchange. A working group has developed a common proposal for its establishment, which was signed by the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans – 6 – Participants on July 4th, 2016 at the Western Balkans Summit in Paris.

During the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna, the 27.8.2015, the  Prime Ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have signed a “Joint Declaration on the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans”, in which they declare that they have agreed to “create the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans, as a regionally-owned structure that leads and coordinates youth cooperation in our region”, aiming “to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in our region”.  /balkaneu.com/

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