This year, the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrade, together with the EU Delegation and the EU Info Center, have opened their doors to youngsters.
On Wednesday, June 14, the Italian Embassy hosted the EU Open Day event for the fourth consecutive year. The event’s guests were Đuro Blanuša, Secretary General of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), the Italian Ambassador to Serbia, Giuseppe Manzo, and the Embassy’s First Secretary, Alessandro Neto.
Titled “What’s in Trieste for you(th)?”, the event was geared towards young people interested in better utilizing the opportunities for cooperation within the region provided by RYCO, within the framework of the Western Balkan Process. The heads of the governments and countries that are involved in the Western Balkan Process will meet at a summit in Trieste, on July 12, under the auspices of Italian government.
RYCO aims to “promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation among young people in the region” through the exchange. A joint proposal for its establishment was signed by the first Western Balkan ministers participating in the Western Balkan Summit in Paris, on July 4, 2016.
Also on July 12, the University of Trieste will host the Western Balkan Youth Forum with hundreds of young people from the region participating and discussing initiatives and activities on promotion of youth exchange in the area and their greater integration into the EU projects.
The European Union, and the first 60 years of it, which were celebrated in Rome on March 25 last year along with the anniversary of the treaties that founded the European Economic Union, were the topics of a photo-exhibition called Ever Closer Union. The exhibition is staged on the premises of the Italian Embassy in Belgrade and will be also displayed all over Serbia until the year end.
By Monica Ranieri
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