PROMOTION OF YOUTH BANKS PROGRAMME IN BIH
The promotion of the Youth Bank programme in BiH, organized by the Mosaic Foundation and the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was held on Monday, 4 February 2013, in Sarajevo. The Youth Bank programme is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and 32 municipalities in BiH. In addition to members of Youth Banks from 32 municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and municipality mayors, the representatives of the Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac (Serbia) and the representatives of the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Serbia were also present, as well as the USAID Mission Director and members in BiH. Mr. David J. Barth, the Director of the USAID Mission in BiH, Ms. Biljana Camur, the Assistant Minister of Civil Affairs of BiH, Ms Mirjana Nikolic, the President of the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH, Mr. Nenad Borovcanin, the Minister responsible for youth in the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Serbia and the Mosaic Foundation Director, Mr. Zoran Puljic, addressed the audience.

Youth Banks programme in BiH aims to increase youth participation in community development through active participation in decision making, and support the activities of young people in their communities through grants to the projects of informal youth groups. Young people in 27 municipalities have implemented 675 projects with a total value of 2,520,432 KM from 2008 to 2012. The funds to implement the projects were provided by the Mosaic Foundation from the funds of donors, partner municipalities and local communities through the mobilization of local resources. All projects were implemented thanks to the work of 9,447 volunteers who have invested 159,898 volunteer hours in order to contribute to the improvement of the social and economic life in their communities. Even 328,556 people have benefited from the implementation of these projects.

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FIRST EYCA INFO DAY
The first EYCA Info Day was held in Banja Luka on 22 December 2012 and was organized by the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina and youth organization AUCTUS from Banja Luka.   The main objective was to promote the European Youth Card, basic goals and values promoted by the card, current card development and examples of good practice from the region and Europe.  European Youth Card (EYCA) is a youth benefit card, which enables all young people up to 30 years of age to use a series of discounts across Europe, and promotes greater social participation, information spread and mobility of young people.  Maja Starcevic, the representative of youth organization AUCTUS, presented the current work and projects implemented by AUCTUS, including a project with volunteers from 10 cities who were engaged in the development of the card at the local level.   The president of the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BH, Ms. Mirjana Nikolic, presented the Commission's work and results.   Aleksandra Knezevic, the Chair of the Committee of the Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card with the Council of Europe, presented the youth projects and programs to be implemented at the European level.   The first EYCA Info Day guest was Gazela Pudar, the representative of EURO 26 from Serbia who presented the history of the development of the card, as well as the examples of good practice.  The youth mobility issues that are currently being implemented in our country were presented by the representatives of the Ferial Association of RS and international organizations AIESEC and IAESTE.  The conference was attended by 50 representatives of youth organizations from 15 cities who have expressed a desire and intention to participate in the development of the card at the local level in the near future and to promote the youth programs implemented at the European level in their communities, and thus enable young people of our country greater participation and awareness, which is one of the fundamental objectives of the EYCA card itself.
More information on EYCA cards can be found at www.eyca.ba

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Marketing International Volunteer Day
Recognizing the importance of promoting youth volunteering the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina on the occasion of International Volunteer Day, 5 December, participated in several events organized in the cities of BiH:
1. The first fair of volunteerism of RS, Banja Luka (in cooperation with OKC, Banja Luka);
2. Promotional event on volunteerism organized by KULT, Sarajevo;
3. Festival of Volunteerism in Bijeljina and 
4. Promotional event in Brcko organized by PRONI.
"Enabling young people to improve their lives by giving them the tools to do so, thus creating generations of economically independent individuals which are involved in social life and which will actively contribute to the community are just some of the key characteristics of volunteerism." Said Lola Lyberopoulou, EUNYP Project Director.
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STUDY VISIT OF THE COMMISSION TO THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA LJUBLJANA
26 – 30 NOVEMBER 2012 

Within the IPA project EU Support for the Coordination and Implementation of the Coordinated Policy for Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. component 1 of the Strengthening the Capacity of the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina project, a study visit was organized for the members of the Commission to the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, from 26 to 30 November 2012.   Participants had the opportunity to visit a number of institutions and organizations and talk to the key stakeholders in the youth sector of the Republic of Slovenia.  They visited the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, within which the Youth Office operates, and the Commission Delegation was received by Mrs. Barbara Zupan. Afterwards they visited MaMa network and got acquainted with the work of this youth network that represents organizations managing youth centers, as well as their role and participation in developing a national strategy. The Commission Delegation was welcomed in the Institute for the Development of Youth Mobility (MOVIT) by its manager, Mr. Janez Skulj, who presented the work of the MOVIT institute, as well as the future of the European programs related to youth.  Sonja Mitter-Skulj, the coordinator of SALTO resource center for South Eastern Europe, provided the information on the Youth in Action program with special reference to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The Commission Delegation talked to Mrs. Mateja Demsic, the head of the youth office of the city of Ljubljana on the implementation of youth policies at local level.  At the end of the visit the Commission Delegation visited the multifunctional center of urban culture, Siska cinema, and witnessed an example of good practice of municipal government in Ljubljana, as well as a public institution Young Dragon, and two youth centers in Ljubljana:  Siska and Bezigrad. The Commission Delegation talked to the Council President Tea Jarc on the work and the participation of the National Youth Council of Slovenia in the development and implementation of national youth policy. 
 
 
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TRENING MODUL II Poziv za aplikacije!
Training Modul II – Opportunities for Collecting Funds will be implemented within the project EU Support for the Coordination and Implementation of the Coordinated Policy for Youth in BiH in February and March 2013 at the territory of the entire BiH. The following locations are chosen for Training Module II: Banja Luka, Bihac, Brcko, Doboj, East Sarajevo, Glamoc, Mostar, Zenica, Trebinje and Tuzla. 
 
Deadline for submitting applications for Modul II is 15 January 2013.
 
More information related to the application procedure can be found on the following websites:
 
http://youthpolicy.ba/bs/index.php?page=obuka-intro

 
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