Youth involvement in a constructive dialogue: Communist Past in Contemporary Western Balkan (YOU-WB)

Youth involvement in a constructive dialogue: Communist Past in Contemporary Western Balkan (YOU-WB)

Youth involvement in a constructive dialogue: Communist Past in Contemporary Western Balkan (YOU-WB)

The transition from communism to post-communism in countries like Albania and North Macedonia has been determined and strongly influenced not only by the collapse of ideologies and by the changes in the international political scene after 1989, but also by the profound changes that effected the customs, lifestyles, and collective mentality in EU. The impunity of the crimes of the communist regime continues to be a serious wound for these societies even 30 years after the fall of the dictatorship and yet it has not established a substantial division from the communist past. In that regard, there can be no reconciliation and peace without historical memory. The project suggests deepening the work in education and raising awareness of the younger generation, opening a debate through an analysis of the causes and consequences of dictatorial regimes, honoring victims and above all, transparency in crimes committed against humanity by communist and other dictatorial regimes.

The project (YOU-WB) contributed to foster national and transnational youth activist’s dialogue about the reflection of past communist regimes in contemporary Western Balkan (WB) and EU.

Project outcomes:

  1. Creating space for dialogue and reflection through remembrance of European values
  2. Youth have a better understanding of civic participation in post – communist Western Balkans
  3. Reflection in the past encourages youth discussion for the contemporary WB countries.

Project Achievements:

Workshop1. Rules, norms, rights, practices and customs during the communist regime: youth reflection

Workshop2. National Identities and Collective Memory in an Enlarged Europe

Workshop3. Political Culture in Post-Communist Italy

Workshop4. The effect of rapid social changes during post-communist transition and people’s  perceptions in Macedonia and Albania

Tirana Conference: Post-Communism and Democracy in WB

Final Publication

Countries involved:

Albania

North Macedonia

France

Italy

Number of direct participants: 30

Timeframe: February 2021 – July 2022

CCIS, in partnership with Mediterranean Center; SCiDEV; Patrimoine sans Frontières: PERIPLI and CCM implemented the project in 15 months, targeting youth in 4 programs’ eligible countries Albania, France, Italy, North Macedonia. This project is funded by the European Union in the framework of Europe for Citizens Programme, European Remembrance.