Belgrade, September 2016 – If we take a look at the Serbian Government, there are no ministers, deputy ministers or state secretaries that fall into the category of young adults, i.e. 30 years old or younger, with two of them having occupied these positions in the last 15 years altogether. Out of 169 municipalities in Serbia, only four have a president younger than 30. This data is taken from the research called “Young Adults Participation Index” carried out as part of a project called “Youth Bank Hub Western Balkans and Turkey”, which is performed in Serbia by Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation, with the financial support of the European Commission.
The research has been presented to the press in Belgrade at the end of September 2016, where public could essentially take a first glimpse at this regional project.
“If we look at the highest positions in politics, there are next to no young adults, the percentage being negligible. The youth policies of our society must encourage young people, recognize their potential and provide opportunity for them to participate in decision making, at least when it comes to the issues directly pertaining to them”, said Jovana Tripunović of Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation at the press conference.
In Serbia, there is only 2.5% of young adults occupying the position of municipal president. These municipalities are Plandište (30 y/o), Rekovac, (30 y/o), Palilula (29 y/o) and Bački Petrovac (27 y/o).
Out of 250 MPs at the National Assembly of Republic of Serbia, only eight of them fall into young adult category (two men and six women) with their age ranging between 27 and 30.
This research has also been performed in Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey – all of which are part of the project “Youth Bank Hub Western Balkans and Turkey”. Unfortunately, the results are equally disheartening, with but a few positive instances.