Promoting intercultural dialogue, development of new job opportunities and new types of youth entrepreneurship in the Adriatic-Ionian area. This is the purpose of the international seminar entitled “Intercultural dialogue in the year of European Citizenship: the value of skills and new careers in the Adriatic-Ionian area,” organized in Sarajevo on 27 and 28 May 2013, and which is one of the initiatives envisaged by the project AdriGov (Adriatic Governance Operational Plan).

The two-day debate was organized by the Molise Region, in collaboration with the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo and World Habitat. The seminar takes place right in the year dedicated to the theme of “European citizenship”. This is one way to emphasize how to become European citizens, including an appropriate development of skills and knowledge, which should be integrated through a fruitful cultural exchange between all the countries that have already expanded – or intend to do so – the wider dimension of the EU.

The seminar, hosted by the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Sarajevo, opened in May 27th, 2013. Moderator on the first day, Francesco Cocco, project coordinator of AdriGov. This is the program: after a general introduction, a discussion about education in a multicultural vision of relations between countries and about the actions to be promoted in order to increase employment opportunities in the Adriatic-Ionian Area. Later, the presentations about employment opportunities – which become more and more attractive – in the fields of sustainable economies and local development.

The enlargement of the EU to the Balkans and the implications that this might have on youth employment, along with the role of Universities in the Adriatic-Ionian Area, are the topics that close the first day of the conference. On May 28, the thematic session will focus on the virtuous circle young-training-employment and on the study of interactions, to be exploited by the Human Resources Committee, in the Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionic territories.