From 10th to 13th May, we attended an international meeting Europe Talking in Belgrade, together with our partners Public Institute Young Dragons.

This international partner project was hosted by Belgrade's Vračar municpality and CSO Libero, in partnership with organisations Proni from Brčko, Interkultura from Skopje, Public institute Young Dragons and international organisation Out of the box international, as well as relevant local authorities and decision-makers. The project is supported by the EU's programme Europe for citizens. The meeting was simultaneously also the official opening of Vračar municipality's second Europe Week.

More than 400 young adults and other interested people from Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia, Belgium and Serbia had the opportunity to familiarise themselves better with the values and the political system of the European Union through several activities. The youth was given the opportunity to interact with their peers and discuss together about the EU, as well as share their experience of living in different countries in and outside EU.

The main event, EUrope Talking Living Library, took place outside the National library of Serbia. Both the participants and passers by had the chance to rent for free a living book devoted to a topic connected to the EU. By talking to the book (i.e. the experts), young adults could test their prejudice and get first hand information on the functioning of the EU. Namely, the public discourse of the last couple of years has been filled with prejudice, stereotypes and misconceptions on the functioning of the Union. Hence, this living library was an excellent opportunity for the youngsters to get a more realistic picture on the EU.

The roles of the books were assumed by representatives of institutions and organisations working in fields connected to the Union, and that have helped with the realisation of this project:  working in fields connected to the EU, and who have supported the realisation of this project: Ministry of European integration, EU Delegation to Serbia, National Library of Serbia, Office for cooperation with civil society, Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Council of Europe, EU information centre, Regional agency for development and European integration, and Institute for European Affairs.