18 October 2022
Balkans Group organised
the Annual Conference “Youth in Politics: Opportunities and Challenges”,
with participants from the Alumni Network’s youngsters. The panelists at this
conference were the Norwegian Ambassador Mr. Jens Erik Grøndahl,
representatives of political parties Mrs. Fitore Pacolli (LVV), Mrs. Shqipe
Mjekiqi (LDK), Mrs. Vlora Çitaku (PDK) and Mrs. Albana Bytyqi (AAK).
spoke about the importance of cross-party cooperation, expressing his gratitude
for the presence of all parties, which shows the representation of different
should be seen in many dimensions, not only through traditional engagement. Change
does not happen by staying on the sidelines; however, young people must be involved
at the central and local level” stated Mrs. Fitore Pacolli.
According to Mrs.
Vlora Çitaku, youngsters should learn from older generations how not to behave when
building a state.
Ms. Shqipe Mjekiqi, on
the other hand, said that the representation of young people in her party is
not satisfactory and that a way should be found for them to be represented so
that their engagement should not only be limited in election campaigns, but
also in participating in policy-making and decision-making.
interns who are currently holding internship positions in the Parliamentary
Groups of LVV and LDK spoke about their experiences, given by the Balkans Group,
through the signed MoUs with the political parties. According to them, this
6-month internship opportunity has shaped their political development.
mostly focused on the reason behind the fleeing of youngsters, where according
to youngsters themselves, one of the main reasons for fleeing is not
necessarily the lack of a job, however, it includes the distrust in the justice
system, poor medicine, and neglected education.
After the conference, Balkans
Group also organised three different soft skills trainings, which included
topics such as Communication & Networking, Public Speaking, and Project
The “Youth in
Politics” component is part of the multi-pillar project “Elevate peace &
state-building agenda and advancing European agenda”. Balkan Group’s Youth in
Politics education programme seeks to offer young individuals and members of
political parties throughout Kosovo a chance to develop a practical toolkit to
help them overcome some of the most critical hurdles to their progressing
The project is funded
by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pristina.