In the time of collective crisis such that many countries all over the world are facing for the first time, it is most important to continue developing all aspects of solidarity and unity among people, concluded representatives of 25 civil society organizations who gathered virtually on Monday 27th of April, to officially found the Network of organizations dealing with youth and youth organizations – United by diversity.

New Network members stressed that this was the first step towards the institutionalization of the dialogue on topics of interculturalism and cultural diversity in Serbia, which is especially significant for young people, but also important within the EU integration process of Serbia.

The United by diversity Network will further work on providing institutionalized support for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in Serbia, through strengthening the capacities of its members.

The Network’s mission will be to encourage young people to better understand and embrace interculturalism and cultural diversity and promote the values among wider public in Serbia.

Meeting was opened by Mr. Ekmel Cizmecioglu of the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Serbia and Ms. Zvezdana Kovač, Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia. Both welcomed the founding and extended their support to further work of the Network.

After symbolical signing of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Rules of procedure of the Network, the Network’s Strategic plan for 2020-2021 and Action plan for 2020 have both been adopted. Project assistant, Mr. Đorđo Cvijović, and the Network coordinator Ms. Zorana Milovanović, presented the plan of work during COVID 19 crisis and upon its ending.

The founding of the Network is a part of the project United by Diversity implemented by the European Movement in Serbia as lead applicant and European Movement in Serbia – Leskovac, Center of Local Democracy – Subotica, Forum for Civil Action – Požega and the Timok Club – Knjaževac as partners. The project is co–financed by Civil Society Facility Programme 2018. The main activities of the Network until January 2022 will focused on working with youth, specifically high school students.

Network members include project partners and following rganizations: Center of local democracy – Knjaževac, Center for education and social emancipation of youth, Center for creative development – Knjaževac, The children’s center Zaječar, Directorate for strategy and integration of the Roma from Knjaževac, Erasmus students network Serbia, EU zone, Cluster for entrepreneurial support for young people „AKTIVATOR“, Lučani u srcu, Hungarian Cultural center „NEPKER“ from Subotica, Mladima na dar, Organization of Creative Grouping – OOCG, Pokret gorana Vojvodine, Primus from Priboj, Association Regional Initiatives of Syrmia, Roma center from Požega, Sombor Educational Center, Association for local development from Kamenica, Vega Youth Center and Zlatibor krug.

The Network remains open for new members and all interested organizations can contact the European Movement in Serbia for further details.