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From Wednesday 12th of July until Sunday 16th of July some 70 young people from all over the Europe participated in the YEPP Summer School, which was hosted by Youth of Democratic Party of Serbia in Belgrade and Zlatibor. The topic was “Campaigning for Europe” and Eduardo Frei and Konrad Adenauer Foundation kindly supported this event.
On Wednesday participants had a privilege to hear the speech of His Excellency, Mr. Andreas Zobel, Ambassador of the Republic of Germany in Serbia, on the topic: “Serbia’s road to European Union”. Then Mr. Rade Obradovic, Vice-president of Serbian Parliament hosted the Welcome Dinner and gave a short speech to the delegates. Mrs. Claudia Nolte also addressed to young participants as well as Mr. David Hansen, YEPP Chairman and Mr. Borko Ilic, Chairman of Youth of DSS.
On Thursday morning participants went to Zlatibor where the Summer School also took place. The real work began after the lunch. Participants had the opportunity to hear the latest ideas and exchange experience concerning campaigns with Special guests-trainers from Young Republicans from USA. Friday morning was also planned for groups that were lead by campaign trainers from Young Republicans. All participants brought different type of merchandise used in their own campaigns and made a brief presentation.
Saturday morning the different panels of speakers started unfolding. Firstly, Mr. Dusan Prorokovic, Vice-Chairman of DSS group in Serbian Parliament and ex Chairman of Youth of DSS had a speech on “Future of the Balkan Region”. Next in line was Mr. Dragan Penezic, Adviser of Ministry of Economical International Relations in Serbia, who gave a presentation of “Investments in Serbia and Balkan Region”. After the break, Minister of Science and Environmental protection and first Chairman of Youth of DSS, Mr. Aleksandar Popovic addressed to young delegates on the topic of “Youth role in Serbian and European politics”.
The YEPP Summer School, hosted by Youth of Democratic Party of Serbia, was very important for those young people as a positive sign for their future work in the European family. They are already part of that family, but they also need to learn how to share the european values and to spread them among young people in Serbia.
The role of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation is to support them in that intention and to help them to achieve that goal.