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Fortune favors the bold: Okruzenje/Vicinities is honored in London

12September

Fortune favors the bold: Okruzenje/Vicinities is honored in London

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. With rising viewership ratings, the TV programme is now in its fifth season and is based on a simple yet rather big idea: that of discussing sensitive political, economic, religious and social issues that still divide the countries of the region today. Upon receiving the award, the CDRSEE’s Executive Director Zvezdana Kovac, raised the fundamental importance of honest dialogue between neighbors gathered around a roundtable in promoting reconciliation, and explained how dissimilar views are always an occasion for re-examination and not hostility. She also gave special thanks to the herculean efforts and courage of all those involved in the programme which, not so long ago, seemed inconceivable.

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