Milenijalana generacija kao investicija: resurs koji najmanje razumijemo

Date:     Friday, 26.12.2014

Location:  National Library Podgorica (Republic Square), east wing 

Structure: 1 moderator + 5 panelists

Millennials (a.k.a. Millennial Generation, ME generation, Generation Y, Gen Y) is the popular name for the demographic cohort (born 1980s-2000s) following the Generation X (born 1960s-1980s), and reaching (young) adulthood in the new millennium. It's the generation that grew up with the Internet revolution and started joining the labor force in the era of the Great Financial Crisis and ex-post recession.

In Montenegro Millennials are roughly the generation that reached adulthood following the Montenegrin independence in 2006 and the consequent economic and geopolitical circumstances, but also the generation which grew up in the Yugoslav fall out, and the 1990s economic transition period.

They are the most informed and the most educated generation thus far, which is expected to complete the EU and NATO integrations, to bear the expense of the society's overall aging and post crisis debt accumulation, and to reach maturity in a completely new, global economic setting. However they are simultaneously the most underemployed and unaccounted for generation, with a very late average entry into the workforce, strong disinterest in and disconnect from the modern day politics, and an overall limited impact on the society's well being. They contribute the most to the modern day mobility, with over 1,000 individuals (roughly 1%) pursuing higher education outside of the ex-Yugoslav region (over 4,000 within this region), and nearly three times as many actively considering options to fully migrate, in search for employment and personal development opportunities.

This year's OMSA Winter Panel addresses Investment into the ME generation, with an initial premise that it is the least understood, and hence the least exploited, resource for the development of modern Montenegrin economy. By engaging directly with the representatives from Montenegrin government, NGOs, companies and the financial sector, we will examine the extent and the quality of credit, personal development, employment options available to the population 18-30 y.o., and we will try to quantify the output lost from the resource's mismanagement. We will further discuss the responsibility for the empowerment of the MEs and existing limitations from securing the maximum payoff from their joint and individual activities to the Montenegrin society. Finally, we will envision scenarios for the year 2020 (as the target EU accession year) based on the currently defined Youth policy agenda, as well as proposed and implemented strategies.

Please join us and let's work together on advancing the Montenegrin youth related agenda.

Information about last year's panel session is given on the following link.



Aleksandar Jaćimović

(MNE) +382 67 549 972

(E) +34 666 270 082

Marija Gvozdenović

(MNE) +382 67 425 552

(AUT) +43 699 109 917 21