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From Discourse to Practice: A Case Study from the Western Balkans on the Transferability of Franco-German Experiences

verfasst von : Nicolas Moll

Erschienen in: Franco-German Relations Seen from Abroad

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Abstract

Since the end of the wars during the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Franco-German reconciliation and cooperation have often been presented as an example to follow both in and for the Western Balkans. However, while there have been many discourses on the “Franco-German model,” they have rarely led to a concrete transfer of experiences. One of the rare exceptions relates to the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), created in 2016 by the six governments of the Western Balkans. The Franco-German Youth Office played a significant role in the process of establishing this new institution, not only as a point of reference, but also as a facilitator and coordinator, with the political support of the German and French governments. This chapter offers a more precise analysis of the role of the Franco-German actors involved in the establishment of RYCO and examines how the question of transferring experiences was handled in practical terms and discussed during this process.

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Fußnoten
1
My special thanks for stimulating discussions go to Frank Morawietz, Special Representative of the FGYO for SEE, Đuro Blanuša, Secretary General of RYCO, Marija Bulat, Head of the Local Branch of RYCO in Serbia, and Kreshnik Loka, Head of Local Branch of RYCO in Albania. All have been involved in the creation of RYCO since the beginning of the process: Đuro Blanuša, Kreshnik Loka, and Marija Bulat were members of the Fact Finding Mission and the RYCO Working Group in 2015–2016, as representatives respectively of the Ministry of Youth of Serbia, the Ministry of Youth of Albania, and the National Youth Council of Serbia. Frank Morawietz organized the Fact Finding Mission on behalf of the FGYO and was then part of the FGYO team tasked with assisting the establishment of RYCO.
 
2
For the differences between France, Germany, and the Balkans, see also the contribution by Tara Tepavac in this volume.
 
3
Own observation from 2007; I was the moderator of the textbook presentation.
 
4
Own observation from 2014; I was, on behalf of the FGYO, one of the moderators of this workshop.
 
5
For the Joint History Project see https://​cdrsee.​org/​projects/​education-projects/​joint-history-project. Accessed 26 March 2020.
 
6
For details, see also the RYCO website: https://​www.​rycowb.​org. Accessed 26 March 2020.
 
7
Skype interview with Kreshnik Loka, December 23, 2019.
 
8
Skype interview with Marija Bulat, December 25, 2019.
 
9
Skype interview with Đuro Blanuša, December 24, 2019.
 
10
Skype interview with Marija Bulat, December 25, 2019.
 
11
Skype interview with Đuro Blanuša, December 24, 2019.
 
12
Skype interview with Kreshnik Loka, December 23, 2019.
 
13
Skype interview with Marija Bulat, December 25, 2019.
 
14
Skype interview with Kreshnik Loka, December 23 , 2019.
 
15
Skype interview with Marija Bulat, December 25, 2019.
 
16
Skype interview with Đuro Blanuša, December 24, 2019.
 
17
Skype interview with Marija Bulat, December 25, 2019.
 
18
Skype interview with Đuro Blanuša, December 24, 2019.
 
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Metadaten
Titel
From Discourse to Practice: A Case Study from the Western Balkans on the Transferability of Franco-German Experiences
verfasst von
Nicolas Moll
Copyright-Jahr
2021
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55144-5_4