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  1. South-East European Youth Network and the position of youth at the labour market Dijana Šobota

  2. Youth at the SEE labour market (quantitative indicators) Source: 2006 Labour Force Surveys (LSMS for Albania), EUROSTAT and ILO

  3. Youth at the SEE labour market – qualitative indicators • Around 44% of young workers employed in informal economy • Around 41% of young workers employed on temporary jobs • Self-employed youth 11% vs. 20% adult • 21% young people in family business vs 6% adult • Average wage of young workers 20% lower than adult workers’ wage; gender pay gap around 20% • Almost 26% of young workers works more than 50 hours per week Source: 2006 Labour Force Surveys (LSMS for Albania)

  4. Need for transnational partnership → South-East European Youth Network (ICFTU/ITUC; 2000) • 19 members in 9 countries: Albania, BIH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia

  5. SEEYN founded at the ICFTU CEE Youth Network meeting in Slovakia, December 2000 • Four regional groups: Baltic, CEE, SEE and NIS • October 2001 meeting in Croatia -ICFTU Network for SEE was established

  6. May 2005 meeting in Montenegro: SEEYN decided to accept TUs from Romania and Bulgaria • February 2007 Sarajevo meeting: Mina Vukojičić (UGS Nezavisnost) nominated as SEEYN coordinator • SEEYN has one representative in the PERC Youth Committee

  7. BSPSH Youth Section (Albania) KSSH Youth Section (Albania) SASO SSSBiH (BiH) SSRS Youth Section (BiH) UATUC Youth Section (Croatia) NHS Youth Section (Croatian) HUS Youth Section (Croatia) BSPSK Youth Network (Kosovo) SSCG Youth Network (Montenegro) UGS “Nezavisnost” Youth Section (Serbia) CATUSYouth Section (Serbia) SSM Youth Section (Macedonia) UNASM Youth Section (Macedonia) KSS Youth Section (Macedonia) KNSB Youth Forum (Bulgaria) Potkrepa Youth Section (Bulgaria) BNS Youth Section (Romunia) CNSLR – Fratia Youth Section (Romania) CARTEL-ALFA Youth Section (Romania) SEEYN Members

  8. Network objectives • Improved exchange of information • Joint strategies and concepts • TU solidarity; power through unity • Improve overall position of youth • Strengthen youth sections • Response to challenges facing youth

  9. Network objectives • Network as a specific structure for youth participation, protection, promotion and decent work • Discuss national and regional issues of interest for young people • Identify cooperation opportunities through cross-border projects aimed at building solidarity • Training/education on recruitment and organizing • Development and analysis of education policies

  10. Network activities • Fora • Seminars • Multilateral meetings • Workshops • Conferences • Campaigns • Website (

  11. FES-EU Project SEE.Y.NET It’s Time! • July 2007 – June 2008 • 10 countries: Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia • Project management, EU + Balkan coordinators; national coordinators; FES, ETOSZ, SEP, • Financed by EU and FES

  12. FES-EU Project SEE.Y.NET It’s Time! • Aims: • further strengthen SEEYN, • address problems of the youth, • professionalization, • networking • transnational coordination of youth interests in TUs • project management • Capacity building for further projects

  13. FES-EU Project SEE.Y.NET It’s Time! • Project inovations: • Emphasis on youth and TU youth organizations • Transnational partnership of 10 countries/18 organizations of SEE • Eligible and non-eligible countries; hence: ETOSZ, EU, FES • Dealing with Lisbon agenda goals and youth problems • Promoting dialogue aimed at EU enlargement • Innovative methods • Decentralized activities and realization of different ideas

  14. FES-EU Project SEE.Y.NET It’s Time! • Skopje Declaration: • comparable problems in 10 countries; • Appeal to authorities • Launch coordinated, focused actions • Joint action day 20 June 2008 • Represent interests through SEE.Y.NET • Methods to tackle problems of youth • Call on the GVTs – horizontal strategies, social dialogue, decent work, involvement of youth in policy-making

  15. FES-EU Project SEE.Y.NET It’s Time! • Joint Action Day: It’s time! • 20 June 2008 • Unique action in the TU movement of SEE, simultaneously in 10 capitals • Method of exerting pressure • Various creative national campaigns • Joint web page and posters/leaflets • Big open air concerts • Info stands • Media coverage

  16. FES-EU Project SEE.Y.NET It’s time! Example of Croatia

  17. FES-EU Project SEE.Y.NET It’s Time! • Results: • Building alliances • Data basis • Crucial step in the context of EU integration of SEE • Central objective/issue of the project in line with goals of Lisbon strategy • Stabilization of the Balkans region • European framework • Information leaflets and other promo materials • New demands and proposals for national and/or regional projects in the future • Visibility and representation of youth

  18. “We are resolved to develop and implement strategies that give young people everywhere a real chance to find decent and productive work.” United Nations Millenium Declaration, New York, 2000 “Youth is our most valuable asset - our future.  We must nurture it.” Kofi Annan, Summit, Vienna, 2006

  19. Thank you! Read more: Contact: Dijana Šobota, UATUC Philippe Gousenbourger, ITUC