Reconciliation in the Successor States of former Yugoslavia
CDRSEE held a Reconciliation Dialogue between Zagreb and Belgrade in February 2001
The CDRSEE was invited to take part in this event to discuss the importance of youth for democracy, their role and responsibilities for the future of the region and the needs and challenges they have in common when participating in democratic decision-making processes.
The European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) in cooperation with the CDRSEE and the European Policy Center (EPC), organized a panel discussion on EU and Western Balkan relations on Thursday, 28 June 2012. Topics discussed included promises made by EU regarding the integration of the Western Balkan states in the European Union, the success of Democracy in the region, the progress made towards EU integration, future challenges related to a future within the EU, and the uncertainties and changing perceptions the region currently faces.
Climate change, at least in Southeast Europe, seems to have abolished spring and autumn. We seem to go straight from winter into the summer and vice versa. And so, after a long hot summer, the Balkans are still waiting for a little mild weather! And no, I am not referring to elections, the political climate, progress or lack of progress towards the EU, just the weather!
In follow up to the EU Programme for the Prevention of violent Conflicts endorsed by the European Council at Goteborg, the Greek Presidency convened a seminar in Athens on 5 & 6 May 2003 on lessons in conflict prevention learned from the Western Balkans. This seminar was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe.
The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) co-organised with ELIAMEP a conference entitled, "EU Conflict Prevention: Lessons Learned from the Western Balkans," in Athens, May 2003. Overall, the participants described the conference as very interesting and a great success. The Conflict Prevention conference brought together representatives of governments and international institutions to advance the on-going process towards EU conflict prevention, following on from a similar conference in Helsingborg in August 2002.
The objectives of this project were to strengthen good governance, the rule of law, and the participation of civil society in the democratic process by expanding and upgrading the legal and political basis and practices of coping with the authoritarian past in the region.
To achieve the above objectives the project had the following general aims:
The International Community until then had invested a significant amount of effort and resources in Southeast Europe to create institutions and mechanisms building up the region as an integral part of Europe. However, many of the problems that shook the Balkans throughout the 1990s still had not been resolved, and this project addressed one of most difficult issues: how to develop effective tools and mechanisms, programmes and strategies that would change a pattern of hostility and conflicts into co-operation and mutual respect for common values and principles?