How Young People Can Contribute to the European Integration Process of the WB6?

Regional Youth Dialogue for Europe Project 

The European integration of the Western Balkans Six (WB6) – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia – is a crucial process for the stability and prosperity of the region. Young people play a pivotal role in this journey, bringing fresh perspectives, energy, and innovative solutions. Here’s how they can make a significant impact:

  1. Promoting Cross-Border Collaboration

Young people can foster cross-border collaboration by engaging in regional exchange programs, joint projects, and cultural events. These activities help build mutual understanding, trust, and friendships among youth from different countries, laying a solid foundation for regional cooperation.

  1. Advocating for Youth-Friendly Policies

Youth organizations and activists can advocate for policies that address the needs and aspirations of young people. By participating in policy-making processes and lobbying for educational reforms, employment opportunities, and social inclusion, they can ensure that the voices of the younger generation are heard and considered.

  1. Leveraging Digital Platforms

In the digital age, young people can use social media and other online platforms to raise awareness about the benefits of European integration. They can share success stories, debunk myths, and create engaging content that highlights the opportunities and advantages of being part of the European Union.

  1. Participating in Civil Society Initiatives

Young individuals can join or establish non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work on issues related to European integration. These organizations often play a crucial role in monitoring government actions, providing policy recommendations, and educating the public about the integration process.

  1. Engaging in Dialogue and Diplomacy

Youth can take part in diplomatic initiatives, such as youth forums, conferences, and debates, where they can interact with policymakers, diplomats, and experts. These platforms allow young people to express their views, propose solutions, and influence the European integration agenda.

  1. Enhancing Education and Skills

Investing in education and skills development is essential for young people to contribute effectively to the integration process. By pursuing studies in European studies, international relations, law, and other relevant fields, they can gain the knowledge and expertise needed to navigate and shape the integration process.

  1. Promoting Inclusivity and Diversity

Young people can champion inclusivity and diversity by advocating for the rights of marginalized groups, such as ethnic minorities, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals. Ensuring that the integration process is inclusive and respects human rights is fundamental for creating a cohesive and united Europe.

  1. Volunteering and Community Service

Volunteering in local and international initiatives can provide young people with valuable experience and a sense of responsibility towards their communities and the broader region. These activities not only benefit society but also foster a sense of European identity and solidarity.

  1. Supporting Economic Development

By becoming entrepreneurs or supporting local businesses, young people can contribute to economic development and stability in the WB6. Economic prosperity is a key factor in the European integration process, and youth-led innovation and entrepreneurship can drive this forward.

  1. Building a Positive Narrative

Creating and promoting a positive narrative about the WB6’s future in Europe is essential. Young people can use art, music, literature, and other creative mediums to tell compelling stories that inspire hope and optimism about the region’s European aspirations.


The European integration process of the WB6 is a complex and multifaceted journey that requires the active involvement of all segments of society, especially the youth. By leveraging their unique strengths and perspectives, young people can play a transformative role in shaping a brighter, more integrated future for the Western Balkans and Europe as a whole. Their contributions are not only vital for the success of the integration process but also for building a more inclusive, dynamic, and prosperous Europe.

Author: Tamara Marjanović, Serbian Youth Delegate to the United Nations

* This publication was funded by the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the Center for Democracy Foundation and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.