Kosovo has faced many challenges after its declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, and corruption and youth unemployment were and still are crucial elements to establish a strong democracy. Strong democracies are built by democrats and the co-operation between the Democratic League of Kosovo and the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation aims to foster the future politicians of Kosovo in democratic values.
On September 18-20, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference on Principles for a Free Society in central Pristina for members of LDK Youth Forum. The conference was a follow-up from an earlier meeting in Prevalla with focus on European integration and corruption fighting. This time, focus was on strengthening the ideological basis of the youth members and all participants got a copy of Dr Nigel Ashford’s book Principles for a Free Society as a guidance throughout the conference.
The lectures were chaired by Evelina Lorentzon, former Secretary General of the Confederation of Swedish Liberal and Conservative Students, and James Marriott, Assistant Secretary General of the International Democrat Union. The conference was also visited by Prof Valon Murtezaj, Advisor for International Affairs to the Prime Minister of Kosovo, and Lutfi Haziri, Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo.
In the region, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation has four co-operation organisations; Party of Democratic Action and Party of Democratic Progress in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Democratic League of Kosovo in Kosovo, and VMRO-DPMNE in Macedonia.
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