Our local teams play a fundamental role within the impact of our network by implementing YES-Europe vision locally and shaping the future of their cities and regions. With country representatives coordinating projects, local teams are organising events, publishing content to develop national programmes based on their field of interests.
The projects we work on aim to either deal with important local or current global issues. In 2022, we organised a roundtable on Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Applying ESG and published a report on the construction of small hydropower plants in Serbia. In 2023, few members of our local team have prepared youth-friendly reports on COP15 on biodiversity and COP27 on climate change. We aim to continue preparing youth-friendly materials on pressing global and local issues, with hydrogen being our next challenge. Our activities are conducted in English or Serbian or bilingual.
My interest in energy and environmental legal matters lasts for quite some time. I acquired an LLM degree in Oil, Gas and Mining Law in the UK around two years ago, during and after which I worked on energy and climate-related projects at different entities in Europe. Currently, I am working on a PhD thesis that aims to facilitate the global energy transition through a legal reform. I joined YES-Europe at the beginning of 2022 because I wanted to take part in a youth-centred organisation offering transboundary cooperation on matters that help accelerate the energy transition. Joining YES-Europe was a good step to try to make a positive change in my home country, Serbia, which suffers from significant ecological damage. It was refreshing to see how many young people in Serbia and neighbouring countries are interested in taking part in reaching YES-Europe’s goals.