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EYA Grand Jury 2017:
Onsite Meeting in Prishtina, Kosovo

The Onsite Grand Jury of the European Youth Award is excited to meet in Prishtina, Kosovo, from September 28-30, 2017 to evaluate the projects of the final list! But EYA’s international experts will not only select the Winners of #EYA17 but also interact with local youth, start-ups and students during the two days long event. They will share their knowledge and experience, mentor start-up founders and help them to put their projects on the next level!

EYA is most grateful to its partners which support and host the event:

We kindly thank our keypartners and supporters:

Have you ever been to Prishtina and Kosovo? If your answer is no, here are some interesting facts about EYA’s Grand Jury host city 2017.

Prishtina is the capital of the Republic of Kosovo and the largest city in the country. For sure, it is by far the most important place in Kosovoe and the central spot for politics, media, student life and the international community. It is an increasingly eclectic city with a vibrant café culture. Cobbled streets, ancient walls, Ottoman mosques and Orthodox churches lend a romantic air to this town while the popular Pri Film Festival, ReMusica and the Prishtina Jazz Festival give credence to its status as a cultural capital.

Kosovo is largely mountainous, with the North Albanian Alps in the west, the Shar Mountains in the south, and the Kopaonik range in the west. Surrounded by the mountains are the fertile valleys of Kosovo field and Dukagjini field; the land is drained by the Drin, Ibar, and Morava rivers. Agriculture, stock raising, forestry, and mining are the major occupations. There are rich deposits of lignite (brown coal), lead, nickel, zinc, and other minerals.

38 municipalities of Kosovo’s diverse population are composed of Kosovo Albanian (92%), Kosovo Serbs 4%, and other minorities such as Bosnians, Gorani, Turks, Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptians (4%) . The Albanian, Serbian, Bosnian, Turkish, and other languages are spoken. The main religions are Islam, Orthodox Christianity, and Roman Catholicism.

Kosovo declared independence in 17th of February 2008. Currently, it is recognized by 114 UN member states, respectively by 23 EU member states. While Kosovo’s economy faces many fundamental challenges, the energy and potential of Kosovo’s young work-ready population are significant economic assets.