EUROPEAN RAILS OF PEACE

The EU.R.O.PE Project

The European Rails of Peace Project (EU.R.O.PE) was initiated in July 2006, and is an annual initiative gathering students from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia. Since 2008 the project is supported by the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence.

Youth are provided with the opportunity to meet together and attend workshops on intercultural dialogue and youth cooperation, taking place in Host Municipalities of European Union countries.

The EU.R.O.PE Participants

Since its first EU.R.O.PE project edition in 2006, the project has reached 160 students.

Together with the young students aged 18-25 from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia, last Project edition also included participants from European Union countries. This helped strengthen relations and establish closer contacts between students from Western Balkans and from European Union countries.

The EU.R.O.PE Background

In the last decade Former Yugoslavia went through a sequence of painful civil wars which destroyed economy, cultural system, and life in the region.

Failure of the talks over the status of Kosovo which triggered further political instability particularly affecting younger balkan generations.

No active conflict in the area but roots and aftermaths of the past wars need to be addressed to prevent any risk of possible recurrence of the violence and to consolidate peace.

The EU.R.O.PE Training

During the workshops, the participants have the chance to meet with Municipal officials and international institutions representatives, debate constructively, work in groups, and express themselves individually and collaboratively on themes related to youth empowerment, interethnic dialogue and regional cooperation. While working together, they socialize and develop contacts and friendly relations

The EU.R.O.PE InterRail trip

After the finalization of the first week of workshops, project participants are provided with train (InterRail) passes and travel through Europe.

The EU.R.O.PE Partners

The other implementing organizations of the different project editions were: Glocal Forum, Cultural Association Travels and Freedom, Eurosduvillage Italia.

The past editions of the project were possible also thanks to the tremendous support of a diverse coalition of supporters, including: The Council of Europe; The European Commission (Youth in Action program), Municipality of The Hague, Unilever South Central Europe; The World Bank Vice Presidency for Europe and Central Asia; The Eurail Group; The Austrian Government; Accor; UNMIK - United Nations Mission in Kosovo; The Cities of Vienna, Siena, and Rome, The Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe; The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna; Thomas Cook Publishing; Attica Group; The European Union Federation of Youth Hostel Associations (EUFED); The International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF); The Italian Federation of Youth Hostels (AIG); The French Federation of Youth Hostels (FUAJ), The German Federation of Youth Hostels (DJH); The Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo, Kontra, Delta Generali; the World Youth Student & Educational Travel Confederation.

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