Another tumultuous year is almost behind us, and while we at the CDRSEE can be proud of our own achievements, we share concerns for those who were forced to leave their homeland – who were left with no choice. Unfortunately, we live in a world where choice is sometimes not an option, where we can't even push for an alternative. The largest migration of people since World War II or maybe in the entire history of Europe, counting nearly a million people who are still risking their lives in order to have a better life!
Athens, 7-8 December 2015, -- The European Academy Berlin (Europäische Akademie Berlin) in cooperation with the CDRSEE presented in Athens a seminar for Greek journalists, with German and Greek politicians, researchers and academia discussing the European monetary crisis, the refugee issue as well what Greece expects from Germany and the role of both countries in Europe.
The European Association of Regional Television recognised the CDRSEE's Vicinities Europe pan-European current affairs TV project by presenting it on CIRCOM's homepage and in its Media News, and offering the pilots to CIRCOM members across Europe for broadcasting.
Thessaloniki, November 25th 2015 -- The CDRSEE Board of Directors convened in Thessaloniki this weekend, welcoming its new members while reviewing the successes of the year and looking ahead to implementation of new projects and plans for the next steps for the current flagship ones.
11 November 2015, Krems, Austria — The CDRSEE’s Executive Director Ms Zvezdana Kovac, participated in the international conference “The EU Strategy for the Danube Region and Its Potential to Tackle Crises in the Danube Region” for which academia and policy makers from across Europe gathered in Krems.
It is not by accident that the second Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process (this year held in Vienna) highlighted the importance of Civil Society. With the exception of Slovenia and Croatia, which are both EU members, all other countries are queuing up in EU’s courtyard. Democratic processes, unemployment, regional cooperation, freedom of speech and media freedom are only a few of umpteen areas that have to be improved and brought to the level that can guarantee genuine peace and the coveted EU membership.
We all know, from experiences with loved ones and with friends, that if memory is lost, personhood is tragically impaired. It is even worse with peoples: without a shared memory they cannot recognise themselves, let alone be recognised, as a distinctive people. Read more from CDRSEE Board Member and Rapporteur of the JHP, Mr. Costa Carras, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.
Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, Skopje --The Joint History Project's Source Committee made serious progress on the new JHP workbooks, compiling final drafts and reviewing the source material that has been collected, to ensure balance in perspectives, topics, and types of sources, so that the books are interesting and enlightening for students as well as teachers.
22-24 October 2015, Thessaloniki -- The CDRSEE shared its experience and expertise in the field of divided and polarised societies with this year's NECE Conference, with Prof. Christina Koulouri, Chair of the CDRSEE's History Education Committee, delivering a keynote speech and Corinna Noack-Aetopulos, Director of Programmes, taking part in a panel discussion session on “Where now for Europe” and a workshop on “Othering and Identity”.
October 18-19, 2015, Thessaloniki -- Ms. Zvezdana Kovac, the Executive Director of the CDRSEE, took part in a Columbia University workshop, in which prominent historians, sociologists and professors pointed out the need for civil society to collaborate and take part in creating conditions for constructive political dialogue between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at odds over the name of the latter.