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Balkans: Foreign Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the agenda of the Western Balkans Summit meeting in July will be published in advance; whether it will include the issue of youth unemployment in the region; and to what extent regional non-governmental organisations will be involved.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The agenda of the Western Balkans Summit meeting in July will be shared with participants in advance. Details of the topics and themes the leaders and ministers will discuss are detailed on the Western Balkan Summit webpage, and more will be published as the Summit approaches.

The Summit is an important opportunity for civil society and young people from across the region to share their views with attending leaders. We have engaged with civil society and youth prior to the Summit to help shape the agenda. They have told us that youth unemployment in the region is a major challenge, which they intend to raise with ministers at the Summit. The Summit will also focus on regional economic integration, connectivity, digital and entrepreneurship – all of which can significantly impact youth unemployment.

Non-governmental organisations have been invited to the Summit to contribute their expertise and help shape initiatives.

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