Prof. Dr. Melanie Sully

Workshop in Podgorica on Youth

Workshop on Governance and Youth October 2015


Workshop in Montenegro

Good Governance and Youth Participation in Political Life

Supported by the Cities of Podgorica and Vienna, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe and Integration, Kapsch Austria

Date: October 20, 2015

Venue: Hotel Podgorica

Duration:  Afternoon 2-6pm

Target: Youth, civil society, parties, media, students, online activists

Simultaneous Translation Montenegrin English


The Institute for Go-Governance with above partners and others have been working for many years on good governance projects both in Austria, the Black Sea Region and in countries of the European Union, notably the United Kingdom (see; annual publications and international conferences have ensued complemented by podium discussions, Summer schools, and workshops.

Two years ago the Institute for Go-Governance organised with the City of Vienna, the Ukrainian Catholic University, the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and OeAD a workshop in Lemberg on the topic of Politics Media and Ethics which attracted a wide audience and active interest (for details of format and content see: )

We now aim to organise in Montenegro a similar event but on the topic of youth, politics and participation. In many countries apparent disinterest in conventional politics is notable eg in lower rates of electoral turn-out, membership of political parties yet there is a change in the nature of participation to online, social media and other activities such as petitions or demonstrations. In other words youth (16/18 to 24 year old) see little point in so-called established means of engaging with politics. The outlook for our democracies is therefore to meet this challenge and respond with other answers than merely preaching the virtues of voting once every five years or so.

What are the reasons for this change in political behaviour amongst youth, does it matter, what is the position in Montenegro, are there any groups raising awareness amongst young people, what is the participation in national, regional or local elections? What forms of communication, social media, blogs, are best suited to reach young people and are there any case studies for best practices? Do political parties have youth wings and encourage a debate amongst young people, and how old or young are the political representatives in the government, parliament of different countries? What efforts are made in schools, colleges etc to promote civic engagement and knowledge of the political system to enable young people to make their choices? What can youth change eg in public administration and the civil service.

This workshop therefore should make a contribution to enhancing youth political participation and discussing good practices.

The sustainability of the project is assured since the Good Governance annual conference planned for 2016 should take place in the West Balkans and a book on the topic of youth and good governance will be presented edited by Dr Melanie Sully.



2pm Registration

2.30 Welcome

Dragutin Dejovic City of Podgorica

Dr Oskar Wawra, Head of International Department of the City of Vienna

Chair: Prof Dr Melanie Sully

2.45 Prof Dr Melanie Sully, Director Institute for Go-Governance, Vienna, “Politics and Youth”

3.00-3.15 Dieter Zirnig of Neuwal Austria on youth and politics projects of his NGO

3.15-3.45 Natasa Komnenic, Assistant Secretary General of the Parliament of Montenegro and Jelena Nikcevic, trainer of Democracy workshops in the Parliament of Montenegro

3.45-4.00 Discussion

4.00 -4.15 Coffee Break

4.15-4.30 Dr Josef Mantl, Deputy Director Institute for Go-Governance, Vienna on youth, politics and social media

4.30-4.45 Stefan Vukotic, International Public Relations Advisor, Government of Montenegro, “Young civil servants and Public Administration reforms in Montenegro”

4.45-5.45 Inter-active discussion with all participants and audience with recommendations

Conclusion of Workshop by Austrian Representative

5.45-7pm Reception by courtesy of the City of Vienna