CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

EU Conflict Prevention

In 2003, the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and CDRSEE organized a seminar in Athens, Greece, entitled "EU Conflict Prevention: Lessons Learned from the Western Balkans." The conference brought together representatives of governments and international institutions to advance the ongoing process towards EU conflict prevention, following on from a similar conference in Helsingborg in August 2002. The result in Athens was a continued formal commitment to conflict prevention. However, the conference also revealed a large discrepancy between the perspective of the international community and that of civil society in the Western Balkans.