Two days of the World Democracy Forum were dedicated to citizenship, democracy and education and all the possible ways that education can bridge inequalities instead of perpetuating them. CDRSEE’s Executive Director Ms Zvezdana Kovac attended workshops between 7-9 November 2016, that addressed all the common challenges for humanity in today’s divided world.
As the CDRSEE’s work is becoming more well known in the region and our projects are increasingly recognised as creative and practical responses to current issues, we had the honour of hosting the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos at our premises. Together with Mr. Andreadis, Chairman of The Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece and Mr. Efthymiadis, Vice Chair of the CDRSEE, Mr. Avramopoulos visited the CDRSEE to discuss the complex issues of refugee integration.
The most exciting moment for us at the CDRSEE has arrived - the printing of the two new JHP workbooks is underway! Moreover, on November 15th , the workbooks – a rare example of a history book that deals with such a recent past - will be presented to the European Parliament at an event hosted by Ms Ulrike Lunacek, European Parliament Vice-President, and four other MEPs: Ms. Tanja Fajon, Mr. Eduard Kukan, Mr. Knut Fleckenstein and Mr. Ivan Jakovcic.
The event is entitled ‘History of the Future’, referring to the way in which history should be taught in the future, and which reflects our belief that education, and history education, in particular, affects and shapes our future.
Different opinions on the same subject and different approaches to a complex problem always make a roundtable more interesting. Hosted by the Journalists’ Union of Macedonia & Thrace on October 13th, Ms Daliborka Uljarevic from Montenegro, Mr Arjan Dyrmishi from Albania and Mr Vasilis Tsartsanis from Greece discussed the role of Civil society in the Western Balkans and how a possible accession of the countries would affect the social integration of people who are seeking refuge in the EU.
The dream of every writer or writing team is to see their book published. The next week the printing of the new JHP workbooks starts and a new phase of the Joint History Project is about to begin.
Covering the period from 1945 to 2008 including the Wars of the 1990s, the workbooks aim to ‘deal’ with the recent history and bring the students closer to the perspectives of other countries too. As the launch of the workbooks in the European Parliament approaches on November 15th, we waiting to see the first reactions of MEPs to the new phase of our 18 year project.
The broadcasting of the fifth season of 'Okruzenje/Vicinities' has finally started throughout the Western Balkans.
Once again our guests will grapple with issues that deeply affect everyday life in the region and enlighten the audience by offering fresh insights into the questions addressed.
Transcript of speech given upon reception of the jury award in the ‘Media Initiative of the Year’ category at the European Citizenship Awards 2016 ceremony in London on 12 September 2016
Okruzenje is a joint initiative of the CDRSEE and European Fund for the Balkans (EFB), financially supported by the German Foreign Ministry. We are grateful for their support as it enables us to implement the idea of gathering TV channels from the entire Western Balkans (the countries of ex-Yugoslavia and Albania) around a political TV show. Eight countries from the region exchange a news programme, for the first time ever after the wars of the 90s!
Out of more than 100 applicants, Okruzenje/Vicinities receives the jury award in the ‘Media Initiative of the Year’ category at the European Citizenship Awards 2016 ceremony in London’s City Hall for its achievement in gathering citizens from across the Balkans in a manner which gives substance to European values and improves the lives of communities in terms of participation, democracy, rights and social justice.
In connection to the upcoming translation and publication of the two new volumes of the Joint History Project in Japanese, Professor Nobuhiro Shiba from the University of Tokyo visited the Joint History Project Series’ Editor Professor Christina Koulouri and her colleagues Assistant Professor Vagelis Karamanolakis and Dr Philip Carabott in Athens. This was the first in a series of two meetings, the second of which will be held in Tokyo with Professor Koulouri to finalize the publication in November.
In a Sarajevo bazaar setting on August 30th, it was not goods being exchanged, but ideas.
The traditional meeting place for buying and selling turned into a bazaar for discussion, sharing thoughts and presenting projects, organised by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s (FES) Coordination Meeting, Southeast Europe.