Proposal for Skopje Spring Congress 2020
|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
52017 LYMEC Autumn Congress in Sofia;
6The ALDE Resolution on Opening of EU Accession Negotiations adopted by the 2019
7ALDE Congress in Athens;
8The expressed urge to support Western Balkans in their attempt to transform their society
9and political systems according to EU standards, stated in the ALDE Resolution on
10Improving Europe’s Capabilities to Address the Rise of China adopted by 2019 ALDE
11Congress in Athens;
12The ALDE Resolution on North Macedonia’s Membership in NATO and the EU adopted
13by the ALDE Council in Berlin, in February 2019;
14The ALDE Resolution on European Integration of the Western Balkans adopted by the
152015 ALDE Congress in Budapest;
16The fact that the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties has backed visa
17liberation for citizens of Kosovo.
- 4The LYMEC Resolution on the Western Balkan Enlargement Process adopted on the
20forward the EU accession process, aiming to making it more credible, with a stronger
21political steer, more dynamic and predictable, by adopting a revised enlargement
23The risk of rising populist and nationalist political options (anti EU movements) is still an
24obvious possibility all around Europe;
25The Agreement between Belgrade and Beijing about joint police patrols, whose
26implementation started to see light in October 2019, when Chinese patrols operated on
28Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Montenegro are only partner countries in
29the Erasmus+ Programme, as opposed to Croatia, Serbia and North Macedonia, which
30are programme countries;
31Students from Western Balkan, who have ambition to complete their education within
32European Union previously need to apply for visa;
33The demanding challenges young entrepreneurs from the Western Balkans have to
34endure, if they wish to do business in member states and enter the EU single market;
35In respect to EU granted autonomous trade preferences to all the Western Balkans, it is
36difficult for the Western Balkan states to compete with Europe's trade partners and
37benefit from Europe's free market given the customs duties;
38There are continuous demands from both citizens and political leaders from the Western
39Balkan for lowering the roaming charges with the EU.
- 19The 5th of February 2020, the European Commission put forward a proposal to drive
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
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.
- 41The EU motto “United in Diversity” perfectly describes the values upon which the idea of
58Therefore, we call for:
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.
- 59LYMEC, ALDE, Renew Europe, IFLRY, Liberal International, other liberal networks and
Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Skopje Spring Congress 2020 03 - 05 April 2020.