The latest Special Eurobarometer 470 shows that more than 60% of EU citizens think that corruption is present in their country; the corruption perception index shows a far bleaker picture for Western Balkan (WB) countries. Not only is corruption an impediment to joining the EU, it also has considerable impact on the economic sector, society and individuals. Thus the consortium designed “Fighting Corruption — Expanding the Union” — a project that uses a bottom-up approach to tackling corruption through educating youth workers (from the EU and WB), designing a toolkit and developing non-formal education methods, through which youth workers from partner countries will empower youth to address cases of corruption. The consortium includes 11 organisations from 10 countries (5 from the EU and 5 from WB)
Fighting corruption is a crucial priority both in EU28 and WB countries. The majority of initiatives targeting corruption are aimed at decision makers and are thus distinctly top-down in character. While these initiatives are crucial in establishing rule of law, they often overlook the fact that corruption is entrenched in culture and the most effective long-term strategy for fighting it is to make it culturally unacceptable. Therefore, young people are the key target group — they are the future leaders, entrepreneurs and civil society actors.
– Increase the level and intensity of cooperation between programme countries and partner countries from WB. Related to this is also the long-term aim of creating a robust youth anti-corruption platform focused on the WB but working with a decidedly inter-regional and trans-sectoral perspective.
–Increase the capacities of youth organisations based in WB.
– Increase the competences of youth workers in WB, the EU and beyond.
– Educate youth about recognising, reporting and fighting corruption.
– Establish the image of the EU as a supranational entity taking a stand against corrupt practices.
– Design a toolkit for educating youth about corruption.
– Educate the general public about corruption in their country and ways of opposing it.
Transnational project meetings
3 mobilities of youth workers
- Slovenia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Duration: 5 days each
- of participants: min. 22 per mobility
1 youth exchange
- Berane, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Duration: 7 days
- of participants: min. 50
Posts for activities taken place:
MNE - BERANE The participants were first given a lecture about corruption in the public sector by Epeka's youth trainer/mediator. Focusing on interactive methods, he first asked for all the participants’ opinions on the meaning of corruption in the public sector and...
31 May - 4 June 2021 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina BRAVO - Bosnian Representative Association for Valuable Opportunities hosted a Training Course, which is a part of the project Fighting Corruption – Expanding the Union. The mobilty’s focus was on whistleblowing....
4 June 2021 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina On the last day, we talked about our impressions, lessons we learned, and future steps. After that, we left messages to each other to remember this project, and the great friendships it brought us. Finally, the participants...