OPENS was, as a federation of associations, established in 2016. After the first candidacy of Novi Sad (the City entered the top five cities, but did not receive the title of the European Youth Capital 2018) and loss from Cascais, youth organisations and organisations for young people in Novi Sad gathered and decided to support the city for the candidacy once again, but under different conditions.
The City will be the title holder, but the title will equally belong to the youth sector. Six organisations from Novi Sad – Student Council of University of Novi Sad – Student Council of the Faculty of Medicine in Novi Sad, Youth of JAZAS, Centre for Youth Work, BalkanIDEA Novi Sad, Environment Engineering Group, Kulturanova – therefore became the founders of OPENS Council, which submits the annual reports to the Assembly even today. The stated organisations became the founders based on the criteria defined by Informal Forum of Youth Organisations of Novi Sad.
Along with the OPENS Team, the founding organisations are eager to create and establish the space and surrounding in which young people will have the support and manage to realise their ideas, to actively participate in the community in which they live, to learn, to have quality entertainment, to work, and to express their creativity. Thus, by working in OPENS and individually, in 2019, the founders want Novi Sad to send the world the image of the city in which young people have the place they want and which should belong to them.
Once we get to talk about the beginnings of OPENS and its history, it will be highlighted that the OPENS Founders, by their authority in youth sector, encouraged the whole process and by following the activities, procedures and rulebooks, ensured the transparency in their work, as well as sustainable future.