Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020

Proposal 901

LYMEC Spring Congress, April 3 to 5, 2020 in Skopje

Author: Liberal Democratic Youth - North Macedonia (LIDEM) - Dimitar Vanchov

Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Skopje Spring Congress 2020 may decide:

1We Are Europe Too

2We Are Europe Too


18Considering that:

40Believing that:

  • 41The EU motto “United in Diversity” perfectly describes the values upon which the idea of
    42European Union is established; and that Western Balkans, diverse as they are, would be
    43the perfect ingredient for underlining these values in the future;
  • 44Young people in the Western Balkan, especially young liberals, have a strongly
    45developed European identity, which can be confirmed by the fact that, when in search for
    46a better future, they mostly migrate towards EU member states;
  • 47The EU is where young people from Western Balkans turn to, when value crises in the
    48region occur, as they perceive it as a beacon of hope that these values can be preserved;
  • 49The increased influence of various foreign actors in the region, we perceive that it also
    50can have an effect on youth and their identification with European values, proven by
    51recent poll results, which state that support for EU accession in the Western Balkans has
    52significantly dropped;
  • 53Young people coming from Western Balkans shouldn’t eagerly search for a wireless
    54internet connection when visiting EU member states, because being online means to be
    55up-to-date with the current global events;
  • 56The future belongs to the youth and most of Western Balkan youth is hoping to have a
    57future based upon EU values – they rightfully feel that they are Europe, too.

58Therefore, we call for:

  • 59LYMEC, ALDE, Renew Europe, IFLRY, Liberal International, other liberal networks and
    60liberal politicians in the EU and beyond to make a greater effort to nurture the European
    61identity of the Western Balkan youth and the youth in Balkan EU member states,
    62especially that of young liberals, aiming to make them feel as part of Europe.
  • 63Liberal political parties and liberal politicians (elected officials, prime ministers, party
    64officials) to consider the impact their political decisions and public statements make on
    65political activities of liberal partner organisations in the Western Balkans.
  • 66LYMEC, ALDE, Renew Europe, IFLRY, Liberal International, other liberal networks and
    67liberal politicians in the EU and beyond to ask for opinions from partner organisations in
    68the Western Balkans prior to discussions and decision-making, regarding topics relevant
    69to the future of the region, such as EU enlargement and multilateral relations with/within
    70the Western Balkans.
  • 71Advocating, as liberals, for that the new methodology does not apply double standards to
    72the Western Balkan countries currently aspiring to join the EU, compared to those that
    73have already became member states, as well as for the accession process reaching its
    74final goal – consolidation of the entire European territory – instead of lasting indefinitely.
  • 75Additional support and empowerment for civic society movements, which promote EU
    76values in Western Balkan.
  • 77Liberal politicians to continue emphasising the values EU was established upon and not
    78give in to populist rhetoric, so the European Union stays that beacon young people in the
    79Western Balkans can turn to, when looking for a model of a society they can identify with.

Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020.