In the former Yugoslavia, 120 young people met for the annual Youth encounter in Split, Croatia this year for the first time, as the hotel in Basko Polje, which we used in previous years, was closed.

Split is generally considered a stronghold of Croatian nationalists. The World Cup and the behavior of fans of the Croatian national team intensified the nationalist sentiments. Some parents of youngsters from Serbia as well as older staff members who themselves have lived through the war were concerned about the safety of the participants, which somewhat overshadowed the encounter this year.