Prishtina, 24 February 2022
Following the activities within the framework of the Regional
Cooperation and Good Neighborly Relations component, Balkans Group organized
the focus group “Youth and Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue”. The focus group was
composed of students coming from various study area backgrounds. They all expressed
the need and importance for the dialogue to continue, until a final agreement is
reached. They also commonly voiced the concern about the Kosovo- Serbia dialogue
deadlock, whereas they stated that such situation has negatively impacted both of
the countries, especially in terms of their progress and development. Moreover, they agreed that the only
alternative solution remains for the dialogue to continue, by overcoming the
status quo and that the immediate need is to lead in the future without
freezing one another’s opportunities for economic and social developments.
Few of the participants highlighted that the dialogue is fogged by
ambiguity and vague statements, and that both countries have failed to properly
inform their citizens about the negotiation process and outcomes. This has led to an increased distrust from
citizens of Kosovo and Serbia towards the effectiveness of the dialogue process
as a whole, by further deepening the social division between the two countries.
Youngsters who were part of this focus group will participate in
the campaign of the Balkans Group: “Friends of Dialogue”. This
campaign aims to promote dialogue between the two countries (Kosovo and Serbia)
and their societies.
This project is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in