Belgrade - 25 May 2015 -- Civil society should be consulted on policies and projects that affect the region, including the gathering of information on and the monitoring of the region, according to participants of the "Culture of Regional Cooperation" workshop, an event organised in the framework of the newly launched “Civil Society Initiative of the Vienna Western Balkans Summit” on 26 May 2015 in Belgrade.
Presenting the Joint History Project, the CDRSEE's flagship multi-perspective history workbooks, and "Okruzenje" ("Vicinities"), a current affairs TV talk show broadcast across the Balkans on mainly public TV stations, CDRSEE Executive Director Zvezdana Kovac spoke about how civil society organisations can carry out meaningful projects, many that local governments would not dare to do.
While new and innovative ideas are to be welcomed, Ms. Kovac also showed that proven, existing projects must be supported as well, as to not lose progress made in the areas influenced by these projects.
The Workshop, a joint project of ERSTE Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Karl Renner Institute, in close cooperation with the European Fund for the Balkans, was the first of three in a series, ahead of the Vienna Western Balkans Summit in late August. The next will take place in June in Sarajevo, and address Freedom of Expression.