Croatian Radio Television (HRT) to join Vicinities


7 March 2013 - Following a meeting with Acting Chief Editor of HRT (Croatian Radio Television) Domagoj Novokmet and Executive Director of CDRSEE, Nenad Sebek, HRT is yet another broadcaster to join the current affairs of TV series "Vicinities".

As with the previous partner, Kapital Network TV, we wish for a successful and fruitful cooperation.





2-9 March, 2013 Seminar: Euro(pe) "Crisis without End?" What is the European Idea for the 21st century?

"Europe is not a matter of potatoes and tomatoes - our challenge is to  create a common feeling between people of different countries" - Costa  Carras (SECI)

The second seminar on European crisis, a dialogue between young French, Greek and German citizens, took place in Paris and Brussels, from 2-9 March.

PhD and MA students exchanged ideas about the crisis and a common European identity among themselves, as well as with various professors, authors and even the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Martin Schulz.

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"Vicinities" on TV Kosovo as well


1 March 2013 - TV Kosovo is another TV station to officially join the group of TV stations that will broadcast the current affairs TV series "Vicinities". An agreement was signed on Friday, in Pristina, in the presence of Anamari Repic, Deputy General Director of TVK, Zarko Joksimovic, Director of RTK- TV2 and Zvezdana Kovac, Editor-in-Chief of “Vicinities”.






The Joint History Project returns to Croatia


February 23-24, 2013 -  The first in a new series of four JHP Teacher Training Workshop took place in the medieval and snowy town of Varazdin last weekend.

Regardless of the bad weather conditions, 20 teachers from Zagreb and Varazdin gathered together for a very successful two-day workshop. The trainers, Kresimir Erdelja, Snjezana Koren and Ivan Dukic, introduced and explained the Joint History Project to participants. 

The training was coordinated together with the CDRSEE’s long standing partner, the Croatian History Teachers Association (HUNP) and was held under the auspices of the Croatian Ministry of Education and the Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency.


JHP at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade


February 14, 2013 -  Members of the CDRSEE’s Joint History Project team had the honour of presenting the process and methodology used to create the JHP, their greatest accomplishments and their plans for future development to master’s students of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade.

Postgraduate students, headed by professor Jovan Teokarevic, expressed their opinions and posed some very interesting questions to Dubravka Stojanovic, the local project coordinator for the Serbian phase of the JHP and assistant professor of history at the University of Belgrade, and to Nenad Sebek, executive director of the CDRSEE. The presentation blossomed into an intriguing discussion among JHP members and  students, who are from numerous countries around the world (Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Mexico, Britain, Austria, among others).

The observations and ideas will greatly contribute to the further development of the project, as well as to a better understanding of the history of the Southeast Europe by young professionals from other parts of the world.

A big thank you to everyone who was present!



February 8, 2013 - CDRSEE celebrated by sharing a traditional Greek vasilopita

In keeping with the custom of our host country Greece, CDRSEE board members, staff and friends celebrated by sharing a traditional Greek vasilopita at the headquarters in Thessaloniki. The vasilopita is a new year’s cake with a surprise coin hidden inside. The recipient of the piece of cake containing the coin is assured good luck and prosperity for the year.

Mr. Nikos Efthymiadis, board member, executive committee member and one of the founders of the CDRSEE, had the honor of cutting the traditional vasilopita. He praised the work of the Center and conveyed his pride in what the CDRSEE has grown to represent. Mr. Nenad Sebek, executive director of the CDRSEE, took the opportunity to express his thanks to the board and the Center’s friends for their unending support, and to all staff members for their tireless efforts.

And the winner of this year’s coin? Corinna Noack-Aetopulos, CDRSEE’s director of programmes. The best of luck and good wishes to Corinna!


CDRSEE took part in the South East Europe 2020 Smart Growth Workshop


Sarajevo, January 31 and February 1 - The CDRSEE was invited to take part in the Regional Cooperation Council’s special workshop on the SEE 2020 Strategy, with the goal of developing a roadmap to meeting EU objectives for growth and development. CDRSEE Executive Director Nenad Sebek participated in the conference, called South East Europe 2020 – Smart Growth Workshop, in Sarajevo on January 31 and February 1. The RCC gathered actors from around the Western Balkans and beyond who are influential in EU policy making in education, science, research, innovation, as well as culture and the arts. The group discussed the main long-term priorities and challenges within those areas and came up with targets, activities and programming priorities to be able to meet EU objectives.


22 January 2013- CDRSEE takes part in celebrating 50 years of French - German friendship

It was Paris, January 22, 1963, when General Charles de Gaulle and Bundeskanzler Konrad Adenauer signed the Élysée Treaty and set the base for French-German cooperation, a milestone in the history of establishing the European Union. The treaty aimed in particular at fostering mutual understanding among youth, which was then manifested by the foundation of the French-German Youth Office (OFAJ) in 1966. The CDRSEE and the OFAJ have invited young Greek students to join their French and German peers and since November 2012, 25 students from France, Germany and Greece have formed a team and explored the Euro(pe) crisis. The Youth Initiative is a direct response to the animosities that emerged in the past years and that remind us that peace in Europe is an achievement that we need to nurture and to not take for granted (read more about the project on

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty, the French and German Consulates in Thessaloniki together with the Goethe Institute and the Institute Français organised a soiree with a selection of French and German opera repertoire, which was hosted by the “Kratiko Odeio”. 

The German Consul General, Mr Wolfgang Hoelscher-Obermaier, in his speech referred to the importance of the French-German friendship and the work that it initiated in particular for European youth. Ms Kleoniki Pouikli and Mr Mr Paraskeuas Aslanidis, two of the Greek students that are part of the OFAJ-CDRSEE project, illustrated his words with anecdotes from the latest seminar in Berlin that took place in November 2012 (read more here and emphasised that it is the frequent and direct exchange of views amongst European citizens that will finally turn Europe into a Union where all European citizens feel equally at home.