CONFERENCE ON THE WORK OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

The conference to present results of the work of the Student Council Network in BiH was held on Monday, the 13th May 2013, in the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The conference was organized in cooperation with the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH (CCYI BiH), OKC Banja Luka and ACED.  The President of the Commission, Ms Mirjana Nikolic, addressed the participants on behalf of the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH, and on this occasion presented the Commission's work in recent years and a plan for future activities.   The Conference was attended and addressed by the Federal Minister of Science and Education, Mr. Damir Masic, Mr. Damir Marjanovic of Sarajevo Canton, Mr. Mirko Trifunovic of the Zenica-Doboj Canton, Mr. Zlatko Hadziomerovic of the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, and Nela Sladojevic of the Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports of the RS Government. Students from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina asked questions and got answers and promises by the ministers responsible for youth concerning some specific issues to enhance the position of high school students throughout BiH.  The students presented a wooden baton made ​​in the shape of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the end of the Conference, and expressed hope that the student relay race would be annually organized for students in cooperation with the CCYI BiH and all the ministries responsible for youth issues throughout the country, in order to work together and improve the position of high school students in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

CONFERENCE ON THE WORK OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 

CONFERENCE ON THE WORK OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 

CONFERENCE ON THE WORK OF THE STUDENT COUNCIL OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 

 
Training - Preparing applications for the Youth in Action programme
The implementation of annual project “Support to BiH in Specific EU Programmes” began in late February 2013, i.e. MEDIA 2007, Creative Europe, Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action and PROGRESS. Partners in the implementation of this project, which is funded by the European Union, are: the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH, Directorate for European Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina (DEI) and EPRD Consortium. The project aims to provide support to the BiH institutions and potential applicants from BiH to take greater participation in specific EU programmes. 
12. The first training for the organizations in BiH dealing with youth issues was held on 12 April in Sarajevo (Hotel Hollywood), in order to increase the number of successful applications for the Youth in Action programme.  
The training was attended by twenty representatives of the organizations dealing with youth issues from many cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The aim of the training was to familiarize interested organizations with the procedure of project application, filling out applications or the entire project preparation.
Four one-day trainings to prepare applications in two rounds were planned within the project for the two groups of interested organizations. The first round of one-day trainings will be held in Sarajevo, and the other in Banja Luka. The same group of organizations should attend one round. 
The second training will be held in Sarajevo on 13 May 2013
Scheduled dates to hold the second round of one-day trainings in Banja Luka are 7 June and 5 July 2013.
 
 
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SECOND EYCA INFO DAY

2nd EYCA Info Day, organized by the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH and youth organization AUCTUS from Banja Luka, which is a license holder to develop ISIC and EYCA Youth Cards in BiH, was held on Saturday, 9 March 2013, in the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

Around 30 representatives of youth organizations from several towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina had the opportunity to get acquainted with discounts and benefits to young people provided by the European Youth Card. The field experiences were presented by volunteers in AUCTUS, who have already been working on the development and promotion of the card in their local communities for six months.

Gazelle Pudar, the representative of EYCA Card in the Republic of Srpska presented longstanding experience in the development of the European Youth Card, which promotes awareness, mobility and participation of young people. Bosnia and Herzegovina became an associate member of the EYCA (European Youth Card Association), thanks to the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH which completed all legal procedures for the accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Council of Europe Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card. Thereafter, the Association Agreement between the European Youth
Card Association and NGO AUCTUS from Banja Luka, the license holder to develop and distribute cards to youth in BiH (EYCA and ISIC cards), was signed in June 2012, at the EYCA Conference in Moscow. Youth in BiH are currently not able to use about 50 EYCA discounts, in the amount of 5-50%, on transportation, accommodation, shopping, clothes, etc., in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Bijeljina and Gradiska, while the discounts in several other cities in BiH are being prepared. Aleksandar Mitrovic, the chairwoman of the Council of Europe Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card, has presented opportunities for young people at European level. Also, on this occasion the participants were presented with the activities and plans of the Commission for Coordination of Youth Issues in BiH, which supports the development of this card in BiH.

Brief presentations of the EU program "Youth in Action", IPA project "EU Support for the Coordination and Implementation of a Coordinated Policy for Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina", the Youth Development Institute and CULT Community from Sarajevo were held in the second part of the program.

More information on the EYCA card benefits can be found at www.eyca.ba and www.eyca.org.

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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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