Open call for Participants: International Activity “Why to participate”

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe is announcing a call for Participants for the international activity “Why to participate”.

The meeting will take place between 11-16th April in Skopje, North Macedonia (10th and 17th are travel dates to and from Skopje).

The project is the first phase of our annual work plan “We are the future, but we are here NOW!” and is going to focus on the providing participants with knowledge of the importance of youth participation.

This activity aims to:

  1. Discover the history and function of nation-states in order to understand the current state of affairs in the Eastern Europe;
  2. Provide a space for participants to understand how their countries function;
  3. Understanding the big diversity of roles of, and connections between each citizen in a democracy;
  4. Discussing diverse ways of affecting the policy-making in the Eastern Europe, by exploring worldwide practices.

The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for an active, inclusive environment for direct communication and sharing of knowledge. The sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, work in small groups, workshops, discussions, training and other interactive methods of non-formal learning.

Who should apply? We are looking for 30 young people not older than 30 (by the time of applying) from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo*, Latvia,  Lithuania, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine interested in exploring the role of non-violent political participation, that would like to contribute to the discussions with their local perspective and are willing to reproduce the gained knowledge on the local level.


Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable with interacting in English should not prevent you from applying. CDN strives to create an inclusive atmosphere at the events, where participants are encouraged to express themselves and ask for clarifications or translations from peers that speak the same language.

Costs: The cost of travel (80% for EU residents or 90% for non EU residents), PCR tests, visa, lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegan food and refreshments) and working materials during the event will be covered by the organisers.  In exchange, we ask for a participation fee of 20 EUR from participants coming from non-EU countries and 50 EUR from participants coming from EU countries. Applicants for whom paying this fee is an obstacle for participation, should still apply and mention this in their application (not a selection criteria). CDN will try to find a solution together with the applicant after the selection is finalised.

CDN will reimburse 90% of the travel costs for the participants from  the non-EU countries and 80% of travel costs for the participants coming from the EU countries, within set limits and within Europe, with the condition of combining the most economic and environmentally friendly means of travel (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).

[NEW DEADLINE] for submitting online applications is 14th of March, 23:59 CET.


Agenda of 1st International Activity

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*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.