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A time for cautious optimism

Recent momentous changes, shifts and events in Europe over the past few months have given rise to not only concern, but also fear, anger and reactionary responses. However, small signs of hopeful progress in politics, social advancements and civil society must be celebrated and seized on as the first steps for real change, while not being naïve about the challenges that still lie ahead.

 

CDRSEE participates in a conference organised on the sidelines of the EU-WB Summit

CDRSEE's Executive Director Ms. Zvezdana Kovac will participate in a conference titled 'In dialogue with the Western Balkans: Creating a region of Growth, Security, and Connectivity on the Path to Europe', organised by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies (WMCES) and the European Movement International (EMI), under the patronage of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference will take place at the National Palace of Culture, Sofia, on May 16 2018.

Continuity instead of taking turns

A strong Europe means a strong Western Balkans and vice versa. Even though they are geographically indivisible, they seem distant from each other when it comes to the values they cherish, their economic status and living standards, and most of all, when it comes to their vision of a common future.  These so-called ‘two ends’ will meet this July in Trieste at the fourth Western Balkans’ Summit - part of the Berlin initiative.

ePACT trainings continue in Niš, Serbia

Niš, 3-4 April 2017: After the successful completion of the ‘Teaching for Learning’ workshop in Belgrade last weekend, the ePACT team, together with the trainers from the Serbian Ministry of Education, traveled to Niš in southern Serbia to implement the second pilot training session, within the framework of ePACT.

Mr. Dragan Gejo, Head of the Regional School Department, opened the two day training workshop and highlighted the importance of such initiatives that help teachers improve their skills and familiarise themselves with new methodologies.

Assistant Minister of Education opens ePACT workshop in Belgrade

Belgrade, 31 March - 1 April 2017: The opening speech of Mr Aleksandar Pajić, Assistant Minister of Education in Serbia, strongly confirmed the excellent cooperation between the Ministries of Education in the six target countries within which the ePACT project is implemented and the two operating organisations - CDRSEE and Euroclio. Ms Kovac, Executive Director of CDRSEE, also highlighted that cooperation between the state authorities and the civil society organisations can benefit society as a whole more effectively than when they operate separately.

The CDRSEE at the EIB in Luxembourg – Countering Extremism

At a seminar organised for the CDRSEE in Luxembourg by the European Investment Bank (EIB) together with the EIB Institute on 23 March 2017, our Executive Director Zvezdana Kovac raised the problems the Western Balkans faces once again and how it needs the EU now more than ever to counter extremism and deal with the refugee problem.

CDRSEE at the 98th Rose-Roth Seminar of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

CDRSEE's Executive Director Ms Zvezdana Kovac will address the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's 98th Rose-Roth Seminar as a speaker of the session on Interethnic Relations in the Western Balkans. Ms Kovac will make and assessment on the current situation and the possible avenues to reconciliation in the region. The seminar, organised in co-operation with the Assembly of the FYR of Macedonia and the support of the Swiss government will take place in Skopje from 27 to 29 June 2018.

The word on the street

February 2017

Today most of the Western Balkan countries wait at the EU’s door in an almost endless queue. As they inch their way towards it, the further away it appears. The comparison with the disintegration of Yugoslavia seems to be the word on the street; we can now read and hear of the fear of a similar denouement once again. The ominous lyrics of a famous Yugoslav song from the eve of the nineties "Just let there be no war" are being referred to today. As individuals or a group of individuals, we need to react to what appears to be a return to the situation in the 90s. We must show that the solidarity which the EU lacked from its inception, is indispensable for the well-being and prosperity in Europe.