On the 8th of May, 2015, Podgorica celebrated the Day of Europe. This same day, a group of young people, part of the Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue, got the opportunity to engage and promote youth participation and democracy in the National Parliament of Montenegro. The Parliament opened its doors in welcome of these young people who saluted the preparedness and openness of this important institution.

The young participants had a chance not only to visit the Parliament but also engage in debate with Members of the Parliament. The panel discussion was held with seven MPs: who presented their work to the youth and discussed on the topic “Youth in the process of EU Integration”. The young group had the opportunity not only to hear the professional political approach towards youth in their part of EU accession, but also to ask questions and share ideas.

“The youth are the main reason why the Balkans is moving towards EU, the youth have the power to build stronger paths” said Marija Maja Ćatović, MP and President of the committee for European Integration. The youngsters were particularly interested in the state of youth participation in Montenegro and the Region. The MPs were glad to answer “it is because of the young that we are working really hard to modernize democracy, you are the future of our countries” stated MP Catovic.

The youngsters particularly enjoyed the visit of the Parliament plenary room where the members of the Parliament hold their sessions. They were sitting in the places of the Members of the Parliament and were being presented the work of the Parliament and its history. The group even had a short unofficial meeting with the President of the Parliament. It was a great opportunity to talk about the work of the Parliament.

This event was part of a three-day study visit, followed by visits to NGOs, Europe Day performance and the General Assembly of ALDA. The event is part of the IPA Operational Grant project funded by the EU, through the programme Civil Society Facility – Operating Grants to IPA CSO Associations. The programme is coordinated by the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies together with 8 LDAs from 5 Balkan countries: Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.

On the 8th of May, 2015, Podgorica celebrated the Day of Europe. This same day, a group of young people, part of the Balkan regional platform for youth participation and dialogue, got the opportunity to engage and promote youth participation and democracy in the National Parliament of Montenegro. The Parliament opened its doors in welcome of these young people who saluted the preparedness and openness of this important institution.

The young participants had a chance not only to visit the Parliament but also engage in debate with Members of the Parliament. The panel discussion was held with seven MPs: who presented their work to the youth and discussed on the topic “Youth in the process of EU Integration”. The young group had the opportunity not only to hear the professional political approach towards youth in their part of EU accession, but also to ask questions and share ideas.

“The youth are the main reason why the Balkans is moving towards EU, the youth have the power to build stronger paths” said Marija Maja Ćatović, MP and President of the committee for European Integration. The youngsters were particularly interested in the state of youth participation in Montenegro and the Region. The MPs were glad to answer “it is because of the young that we are working really hard to modernize democracy, you are the future of our countries” stated MP Catovic.

The youngsters particularly enjoyed the visit of the Parliament plenary room where the members of the Parliament hold their sessions. They were sitting in the places of the Members of the Parliament and were being presented the work of the Parliament and its history. The group even had a short unofficial meeting with the President of the Parliament. It was a great opportunity to talk about the work of the Parliament.

This event was part of a three-day study visit, followed by visits to NGOs, Europe Day performance and the General Assembly of ALDA. The event is part of the IPA Operational Grant project funded by the EU, through the programme Civil Society Facility – Operating Grants to IPA CSO Associations. The programme is coordinated by the Association of the Local Democracy Agencies together with 8 LDAs from 5 Balkan countries: Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.