CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

The CDRSEE welcomes Commissioner Avramopoulos

As the CDRSEE’s work is becoming more well known in the region and our projects are increasingly recognised as creative and practical responses to current issues, we had the honour of hosting the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos at our premises. Together with Mr. Andreadis, Chairman of The Cultural Society of Entrepreneurs of Northern Greece and Mr. Efthymiadis, Vice Chair of the CDRSEE, Mr. Avramopoulos visited the CDRSEE to discuss the complex issues of refugee integration.   

History of the future

October 2016

The most exciting moment for us at the CDRSEE has arrived  -  the printing of the two new JHP workbooks is underway! Moreover, on November 15th , the workbooks – a rare example of a history book that deals with such a recent past - will be presented to the European Parliament at an event hosted by Ms Ulrike Lunacek, European Parliament Vice-President, and four other MEPs: Ms. Tanja Fajon, Mr. Eduard Kukan, Mr. Knut Fleckenstein and Mr. Ivan Jakovcic.

The event is entitled ‘History of the Future’, referring to the way in which  history should be taught in the future, and which reflects our belief that education, and history education, in particular, affects and shapes our future.

The transformative power of the EU and social inclusion

Different opinions on the same subject and different approaches to a complex problem always make a roundtable more interesting.  Hosted by the Journalists’ Union of Macedonia & Thrace  on October 13th, Ms Daliborka Uljarevic from Montenegro, Mr Arjan Dyrmishi from Albania and Mr Vasilis Tsartsanis from Greece discussed the role of Civil society in the Western Balkans and how a possible accession of the countries would affect the social integration of people who are seeking refuge in the EU.

Printing knowledge- JHP two new volumes in the printing house

The dream of every writer or writing team is to see their book published. The next week the printing of the new JHP workbooks starts and a new phase of the Joint History Project is about to begin.

Covering the period from 1945 to 2008 including the Wars of the 1990s, the workbooks aim to ‘deal’ with the recent history and bring the students closer to the perspectives of other countries too. As the launch of the workbooks in the European Parliament approaches on November 15th, we waiting to see the first reactions of MEPs to the new phase of our 18 year project.

Joint History Project

“This project will, I am sure, recognise both the shared suffering and the achievements of the region. In this way, I believe it can provide a valuable contribution to overcoming the painful legacies of the past, and to helping newer generations understand the importance of moving forward together towards the EU”. Federica Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, speaking about the JHP

Okruzenje (Vicinities)

'Okruzenje' / 'Vicinities'-recipient of the Special Jury Prize at the ‘European Citizenship Awards’, 2016 

  • The first and only regional television talk show

  • Broadcast in all of the countries of the Western Balkans simultaneously

  • Bringing together prime ministers in a historic ‘first’

  • Record viewership figures

Dialogue and re-examination versus dissent and division

Transcript of speech given upon reception of the jury award in the ‘Media Initiative of the Year’ category at the European Citizenship Awards 2016 ceremony in London on 12 September 2016

Okruzenje is a joint initiative of the CDRSEE and European Fund for the Balkans (EFB), financially supported by the German Foreign Ministry. We are grateful for their support as it enables us to implement the idea of gathering TV channels from the entire Western Balkans (the countries of ex-Yugoslavia and Albania) around a political TV show. Eight countries from the region exchange a news programme, for the first time ever after the wars of the 90s!

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.