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Republic of North Macedonia

Republic of North Macedonia

1. Youth Policy Governance

1.8 Cross-border cooperation

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  1. Cooperation with European countries
  2. International cooperation

Cooperation with European countries

RYCO (Regional Youth Cooperation Office): During the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna, the 27.8.2015, the Prime Ministers of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia have signed a “Joint Declaration on the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans”, in which they declare that they have agreed to “create the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans, as a regionally-owned structure that leads and coordinates youth cooperation in our region”, aiming “to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in our region”.

The Agreement on establishment of RYCO was signed by the WB 6 Prime Ministers on WB Summit held in Paris, on 4 July 2016. The Head Office is in Tirana with local branches in all the capitals across the region (Podgorica, Sarajevo, Skopje, Pristina, Belgrade). The local branch office of RYCO in North Macedonia was opened in Skopje on August 31, 2018

The Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO - rycowesternbalkans.org) is an independently functioning institutional mechanism for sustainable regional cooperation among young people, established by regional governments to promote reconciliation, mobility, participation, active citizenship and intercultural learning, in an European spirit and within the European integration process of the region. North Macedonia is represented with 2 representatives (1 from Agency of Youth and Sport and 1 from youth civil society organization).

European Youth Forum: North Macedonia is represented in the European Youth Forum by the National Youth Council of Macedonia (NYCM) which is a full member. As official member NYCM is invited to delegate participants on the YFJ events.

International cooperation

Governmental institutions in North Macedonia responsible for national youth policies such as the Agency of Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of Education, the Employment Service Agency cooperate with international organizations in North Macedonia such as OSCE, UNDP, USAID, as well as with the delegation of the European Union in North Macedonia, Swiss Embassy and the Embassies of United Kingdom, France and Germany. These partners support the government in the implementation of various youth policies, for example OSCE supports the establishment of Local Youth Councils, Swiss Embassy and USAID support the government by funding the outreach activities of youth organizations in the Pilot phase of the Youth Guarantee.

Council of Europe

The Republic of North Macedonia has its representative in the European Steering Committee for Intergovernmental Cooperation in the Field Youth (CDEJ). The person comes from the Agency of Youth and Sport.

North Macedonia also has its own representative in the Advisory Youth Council (CoE) who is coming from the youth CSO Center for Intercultural Dialogue[1].