Published on January 14, 2009
Slide 1: Central European Initiative CEI Working Group on Youth Affairs CONTACTS: Izabela Gostisa Pasic CEI Executive Secretariat email@example.com TEL: +39 040 7786 741 FAX: +39 040 7786 783 Slide 2: Overview Member Countries www.ceinet.org Central European Initiative Slide 3: Central European Initiative Overview CEI History CEI History 1989: In Budapest, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Yugoslavia gave birth to the quadrilateral co-operation 1990: Entry of Czechoslovakia (pentagonal group) 1991: Entry of Poland (hexagonal group) and establishment of the link with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development with a joint Secretariat for CEI Projects 1992: Entry of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia. The organisation became Central European Initiative 1993: Entry of Macedonia and of the two new independent Czech Republic and Slovak Republic 1995-96: Entry of Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Moldova. The CEI agreed on guidelines for activities and rules of procedures. In Trieste the CEI Centre for Information and documentation (CID) was opened and a project-oriented methodology for the CEI co-operation was agreed. 1997: The CEI-CID became CEI-Executive Secretariat 2000: Entry of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Slide 4: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Strategy CEI Strategy The CEI programme and projects in the various fields of activity are intended to contribute, within the overall CEI strategy of cohesion and solidarity in Europe, to the realisation of the three principal CEI objectives: to strengthen co-operation between Member States; to strengthen the process of economic transformation of the CEI countries in transition; to strengthen the participation of all member States to the process of European integration. Slide 5: Central European Initiative Overview CEInet: www.ceinet.org www.ceinet.org Slide 6: Central European Initiative Overview Organisational structure Organisational Structure Summit of Heads of Governments (annual) Ministers of Economic Affairs and Summit Economic Forum Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs (annual) Meeting of Political Directors of MFAs (annual) Committee of National Coordinators (monthly) Sectorial Ministerial Meetings Slide 7: Central European Initiative Overview Organisational structure The CEI - Executive Secretariat, located in Trieste. It has the legal status of an International Organization and it is responsible for the conceptual support to the preparation and follow up of the activities taking place in the CEI framework. The Secretariat for CEI Projects is located in Trieste CEI-ES Headquarters and in London at the EBRD. Organisational Structure Slide 8: Central European Initiative Overview Working Groups System WG on Agriculture Poland WG on Civil Protection Italy WG on Combating Organised Crime Italy & Slovak Republic WG on Culture and Education Slovak Rep. and Serbia and Montenegro WG on Energy Ukraine WG on Environment Austria and Hungary (Task Force E&T) WG on HRD&T Czech Republic WG on Information and Media Romania and Serbia and Montenegro WG on Interregional and CBC Hungary and Poland WG on Migration Hungary and Belarus WG on Minorities Hungary and Romania WG on Reconstruction and Development BiH and Croatia WG on Science and Technology Italy WG on SMEs Slovenia and Croatia WG on Tourism Croatia WG on Transport Italy WG on Youth Affairs Macedonia CEI Working Groups System Slide 9: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Working Group on Youth Affairs Each Working Groups: composed of representatives from all 17 Member States (experts from Ministries and other governmental as well as non-governmental institutions) chaired by one or two chairpersons meets once or twice a year to discuss the annual Work Programme and plan future activities. Slide 10: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Working Group on Youth Affairs At the beginning, in 1989 Youth Exchanges were included in the WG on Culture, Education and Youth Exchange activities. The decision to establish an ad hoc Working Group on Youth Affairs was adopted by the CEI HoG Summit in Warsaw, 6-7 October 1995. In 1999 the WG decided to extend its competencies to other fields of activity and, subsequently, the decision to change the name into CEI WG on Youth Affairs was adopted. Slide 11: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Working Group on Youth Affairs The main objective of the WG is: Strengthening the role played by young people in the institution-building process in Europe; in elaborating projects for improving cohesion, freedom and democracy in the CEI area. The WG is co-chaired by Macedonia (Ms. Tanja Tomic - Agency of Youth and Sports, Macedonia) Serbia and Montenegro (Mr. Vojislav Miloševic - Deputy Secretary General, European Movement Serbia, Serbia and Monetenegro) Slide 12: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Working Group on Youth Affairs - The WG has been meeting regularly since 1999, and has been active in the elaboration and implementation of CEI Cooperation Activities. - Approximately 4/5 projects a year were implemented. At the latest WG meeting in Piran on 13-14 May 2004, the WG discussed: ways and means of implementing the CEI Plan of Action 2004 - 2006 in the field of Youth Affairs; status of preparation and/or implementation for Cooperation Activities scheduled for 2004; evaluation and preparation of the CEI Youth Forum in 2004. Slide 13: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Cooperation Activities in Youth Affairs In 2001, the CEI Member States decided to establish a CEI Cooperation Fund to which all countries contribute, which allows the CEI to finance numerous operational activities. To date, more than 150 CEI Co-operation Activities, covering a wide range of activities, have been supported. CEI Co-operation Activities (seminars, workshops, training courses or other kinds of meetings) cover various areas: agriculture, culture and education, energy, environment, information and media, minorities, science and technology, SMEs, tourism, transport and youth affairs. Slide 14: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Cooperation Activities in Youth Perspectives of Active Citizenship of Young People in CEI countries Rome, 17-22 September 2004 Organizer: International Centre “School Friends”, in co-operation with the Italian MFA Topic: participation of young people from CEI Countries in political life, aiming at promoting a common awareness of active citizenship among young people. Competition at national levels: students and young people of Youth Organisations produced essays on the subject “Young People and Political Life: National Identity and the New Europe” Five winners of best selected essays together with the teachers and people responsible of Youth Organisations from each participating country came to Rome in September in order to participate in the exchange of viewson the essays and to the awarding ceremony for best essays. Slide 15: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Cooperation Activities in Youth CEI Youth Training Course on Organizational Management and capacity building of Youth Non-Governmental Organizations Ohrid, 17-24 June 2004 Organizer: European House Skopje Topic: strengthening the youth non-governmental sector in the region and preparing it for local and regional Youth Policy Making The training course gathered representatives of youth NGOs from Albania, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The training dealt with organizational management and capacity building of the youth civil sector focusing on subjects such as Organizations in theory; Organizational management; Fund-raising; Strategic Planning etc. Slide 16: Central European Initiative Overview CEI Cooperation Activities in Youth International Conference “European, National and Local Youth Policy – the Power of Partnership” Sofia, 10-14 November 2004 Organizer: Ministry of Youth and Sports of Bulgaria Topic: closer cooperation between national youth policies The conference gathered representatives of governments, local authorities and youth workers from CEI and EU countries to discuss and exchange good practices for future perspectives in the field of youth policy. The conference focused on: the development of regional and local youth policies in Europe, strengthening cooperation in the youth field among CEI countries supporting the participation of all CEI Member States in the European integration process.