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Fostering a sense of adventure, curiosity and openness to other cultures among young people with talent for journalism is the main objective of a tour in the Balkans, which will involve thirty young journalists, bloggers and photographers from France, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia. While traveling in different Balkan towns from 5 to 24 of August, they will produce film documentary, reportages, interviews and photos.

The tour is part of the multilateral decentralized cooperation programme France-Balkans on good local governance. Co-financed by the French Ministry of Foreign affairs, this project is lead by the Vichy-Auvergne County. It is supported by the Association of Local Democracy Agencies – ALDA and the Local democracy agencies from Subotica (Serbia), Osjek (Croatia). Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Niksic (Montenegro), Shkodra (Albania) and the ALDA office in Skopje (Macedonia).

Many French local authorities are taking part of this project such as the cities of Saint Denis and Dijon, Regional Council of Lower Normandy and European House from Caen, Regional Council of Auvergne, General Council of Allier and Vichy Val d’Allier. This project is supported by: France Television, the Alexandre Varenne Foundation as well as other Balkan local authorities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, partners from Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Romania, MACIF and EDF Foundations, but also the delegation of the European Union in Paris, the EU Directorate general for Enlargement, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. 

The young journalists will follow the steps of the famous French reporter Albert Londres (1884-1932), who travelled extensively through the Balkans in XIX. century. The project aims to put these young journalists in contact with local communities and the civil society in territories that have known in their modern history painful and bloody interethnic conflicts, and are now energetically building their integration to the European Union. This is a project of intercultural dialogue aiming peace and promotion of the integration of the Balkans in the European Union.

During their journey, these thirty young journalists will work with journalism and communication professionals who will assist them in creating and using a computer platform that includes a WEB-RADIO and a WEB-TV, in creating reportages, interviews, articles, photos and more.

For young participants, the mission is to become "ambassadors" of the communities involved in the project, creating a network of exchanges between people from different countries through a site that was opened for the project:
The trip will start in Serbia, Subotica, where young people will meet on 5 August. In the following days and up to 24 August, the tour will then stop in Osijek (Croatia), Tuzla, Sarajevo, and Mostar, (Bosnia Herzegovina) Niksic (Montenegro) Shkodra (Albania), Skopje (Macedonia), Nis and Subotica (Serbia).


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