About

ABOUT PROJECT 

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.

 

OBJECTIVES

– 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.

ACTIVITIES

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Transnational project meetings

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3 mobilities of youth workers

  • Slovenia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Duration: 5 days each
  • of participants: min. 22 per mobility
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1 youth exchange

  • Berane, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Duration: 7 days
  • of participants: min. 50

Posts for activities taken place:

Day 3 of TC: Online lecture and exploration of Sarajevo

Day 3 of TC: Online lecture and exploration of Sarajevo

2 June 2021 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Continuing with preparing toolkits, we learned more about the role of media for #fightingcorruptionexpandingtheunion. Next, Jasmin Ferhatović and Caspar Cvetić from Slovenia talked about issues the whistleblowers have and...

Day 2 of TC: Whistleblowing and toolkit preparation

Day 2 of TC: Whistleblowing and toolkit preparation

1 June 2021 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Day 2 was busy and full of new insights!  Our first speaker Peđa Đurasović was speaking about whistleblowing as a human right and familiarized us with the role of the European Court for Human Rights. Then, whistleblower...

Day 1 of TC: Introduction and press conference

Day 1 of TC: Introduction and press conference

31 May 2021 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina On the first day, we were welcomed by our hosts, who briefly introduced us to the project and the forthcoming schedule. After that we have talked about our expectations, fears, and contributions and rounded the day up by...