Communities, EU integration

From Yugosphere to Eurosphere


Who is behind this?

Metodija Stojceski

Youth Alliance - Krusevo

North Macedonia

Who is joining forces?

Pirot e Publika



North Macedonia



4. Youth Council Kluc, Bosnia and Herzegovina 5. Udruga Trokut Mladih Kaštela's, Croatia 6. Anima Vita, Slovenia 7. ESRA - University of Audiovisual Arts, European Film Academy, ESRA Paris - Skopje - New York

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The project is focusing on raising awareness about the existing Yugonostalgic phenomenon, through different generations and nationalities of the ex-YU countries, as process of maturation and integration in another union, this time EU. For this purpose, a video reporting caravan and a public debate will be implemented in order to create documentary film about the international understanding between people in the Yugosphere, that will promote Balkan as a “must have” in the European Venn diagrams.

Where will your idea take place?

Ex Yugoslavia region (Western Balkan)

Why does Europe need your idea?

We live in time of unprecedented social, economic, and technological dynamic, with nationalism and separatism that bring thoughts about the past ‘utopian’ time. Hereby, the Yugonostalgia is emerged on the Balkans, involving youth, who do not remember Yugoslavia, but are perceiving ex-YU countries as “our” countries. This demonstrates that people in the region are craving for unity, interdependence and tolerance and we aim to utilize this motivation for regional networking towards EU integration.

What is your impact?

The project aims to raise awareness about existing Yugonostalgia in ex-YU countries and its meaning for EU integration of the region. It will enable different generations and nationalities to express the views for the Yugosphere as a part of Eurosphere. As outcome, various stakeholders will debate on why the Yugonostalgia exits and its role in EU integration. Finally the film will highlight the need for unity and interdependence, as roots of Yugosphere, and its importance for European cohesion.

How do you get there?

•Video reporting caravan, implemented by youth teams in each country, with a task to document how nowadays different generations, nations and cultures of Yugosphere,consider and handle the meaning of Yugonostalgia.
•Public debate, within the 14th International Youth Conference “European Values for the future of SEE countries” ( Diversity of relevant stakeholders, and 58 active young leaders from 16 SEE countries, involving young leaders from Germany, will discuss the role of the Yugonostalgia for achieving EU integration of this region
•“From Yugosphere to Eurosphere” documentary, that will include reportages, created by the teams of young people, as well as conclusions from the debate and reflections on the whole experience shared directly by participants

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Different project phases are targeting different groups:
•Young people from all ex-YU republics will be responsible for the video reportages. The interviewing will involve young/middle aged/older people with different background, ethnicity and nationality, as actors in the documentary;
•Active young leaders from 16 countries (MK, AL, BiH, BG, HR, EL, KV, ME, IT, RO, RS, SL, TR, DE, FR & PL) who already made an impact towards European cohesion;
•Wide audience in Balkan and Europe general.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Sending good news from the Balkan,makes the idea different from others. Moreover, film production by interviewing ordinary people about “our” countries; our “Serbo-Croatian” language; ex-YU oriented economy; ex-YU Eurovision voting; youth “mania” for ex-YU festivals, makes the idea unconventional and surprising. Finally, most special about our idea is the settled challenge for EU lobbing to absorb this region because of the common values, cooperational spirit and shared visions in “our sphere”.

€ 44400,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 59800,-

Total budget

Major expenses

1. Office expenses 1,000.00 € 2. Travel costs 12,000.00 € 3. Accommodation and subsistence 10,000.00 € 4. Event costs 5,000.00 € 5. Fees and honoraria’s 8,000.00 € 6. Public relations 10,000.00 € 7. Unforeseen and others 2,000.00 € B. Personnel Costs 11,000.00€

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

•We sincerely hope that this project will not provoke a debate on returning the old Yugoslavia, but in contrary to initiate constructive discussion about Yugosphere and Neo-Yugonostalgia, and its use as a solid ground for EU integration of the Balkans; •It will be very productive if we receive feedback from the young people across whole Europe about how they perceive the “Yugosphere” and give further ideas and advise for general support of the project through mutual actions.



Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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