Shaping Europe's Future by Sharing Europe's Past

Bosnia and Herzegovina

On the 28th of June 1914, the 19 year old student Gavrilo Princip fired two gunshots in the old town of Sarajevo killing the Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife. Due to the political climate of the time, the consequences were catastrophic. Five weeks later, the assassination climaxed in the outbreak of the First World War.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of this event, the Institute for Youth Development KULT, in a joint effort with the Embassy of Germany in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Franco-German Youth Office, organized an international youth event entitled “Mlada Evropa” (Young Europe).  In July 2014, more than 100 young people from 21 European countries and the USA gathered in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The EU-funded program was committed to apply an innovative methodological approach promoting the global values of compassion, diversity and reconciliation.

Based on our conviction that sharing the past is the key for shaping the future, the “Mlada Evropa” participants explored the possibilities to establish new networks for dialogue and cooperation and to improve existing relations between the participating countries. 

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