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Energy
Up For Grabs? The Western Balkans' Aging Energy Systems Pl...
Policy Brief
December 20, 2023
atlanticcouncil.org
Up For Grabs? The Western Balkans' Aging Energy Systems Place It Between East and West
Open
Politics
Implementation of the declaration on energy security and green...
Policy Brief
October 24, 2023
cipe.org
Implementation of the declaration on energy security and green transition in the Western Balkans
Open
Fossil Energy
Comply or or Close - Five years of deadly legal breaches by We...
Publication
June 21, 2023
bankwatch.org
Comply or or Close - Five years of deadly legal breaches by Western Balkan coal plants
Open
Human Rights
Guidance on strengthening data systems on violence against wom...
Publication
March 2, 2023
eige.europa.eu
Guidance on strengthening data systems on violence against women for the western Balkans and Türkiye
Open
Employment
How do migration, human capital and the labour market interact...
Report
April 11, 2022
etf.europa.eu
How do migration, human capital and the labour market interact in the Western Balkans?
Open
Economy
Flagships or red flags? Risks of proposed flagship infrastruct...
Policy Brief
March 23, 2022
bankwatch.org
Flagships or red flags? Risks of proposed flagship infrastructure projects under the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans
Open
Security
War in Ukraine: is the EU ready and able to project power in t...
Policy Paper
March 21, 2022
globsec.org
War in Ukraine: is the EU ready and able to project power in the western balkans and the eastern neighbourhood?
Open
Foreign-Affairs
Corrosive Capital in the Western Balkans: An Analysis of Four ...
Policy Paper
May 20, 2021
cipe.org
Corrosive Capital in the Western Balkans: An Analysis of Four High Impact Chinese Investments
Open
Home Affairs
Between Democracy and Authoritarianismin - Central & Eastern E...
Report
March 18, 2021
globsec.org
Between Democracy and Authoritarianismin - Central & Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans
Open
Foreign-Affairs
Guidelines on circular economy for the countries of the wester...
Publication
December 23, 2020
eeb.org
Guidelines on circular economy for the countries of the western Balkans and Turkey
Open
Pollution
Comply Or Close - How Western Balkan Coal Plants Breach Air Po...
Report
June 19, 2020
bankwatch.org
Comply Or Close - How Western Balkan Coal Plants Breach Air Pollution Laws And What Governments Must Do About It 2020
Open
Fossil Energy
COMPLY OR CLOSEDecember 2019How Western Balkan coal plants bre...
Report
May 21, 2020
bankwatch.org
COMPLY OR CLOSEDecember 2019How Western Balkan coal plants breach air pollution laws and what governments must do about it
Open
Fossil Energy
Greece is first Balkan country to announce a coal phase-out da...
Publication
October 9, 2019
iCube Programme
The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis surprised the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York by announcing the end of the use of coal by 2028 and the dismantling of plants. This is our report from Weste...
Open
Foreign-Affairs
Experiences with Chinese investment in the Western Balkans and...
Policy Paper
December 15, 2018
epthinktank.eu
Experiences with Chinese investment in the Western Balkans and the post-Soviet space: Lessons for Central Europe?
Open
Transport
Establishing a transport community between the European union ...
Infographic
July 10, 2017
epthinktank.eu
Establishing a transport community between the European union and the western Balkans 2017
Open
The Balkans region is a European refuge of clean and wild rivers and lakes. But during the last fifteen years it has been under increased pressure from plans to build thousands of hydropower plants. 1 While most of th...
Open
Enlargement
Balkan enlargement and the politics of civic pressure: The cas...
Policy Paper
October 5, 2017
epc.eu
Balkan enlargement and the politics of civic pressure: The case of the public administration reform sector
Open
Most Western Balkan countries – with the notable exception of hydropower-dependent Albania – rely heavily on low-grade lignite coal for their electricity supply. Yet their plants are old and polluting, contributin...
Open
Energy
Safeguarding Energy Security in South-east Europe With Investm...
Report
September 5, 2016
europeanclimate.org
Safeguarding Energy Security in South-east Europe With Investment in Demand-side Infrastructure
Open
n 2016, the EU experienced another year of intense migratory pressure at its external borders. Member States reported more than 511 000 detections of illegal border­ crossing, which corresponds to roughly 382 000 new...
Open
Today Europe finds itself on the frontline in the fight against terrorism and jihadist radicalisation. Over the past fourteen months, the horrendous terrorist attacks that have taken place in France, Germany and Belgi...
Open
Justice
Shadow Power Assessment of Corruption and Hidden Economy in So...
Publication
January 18, 2017
epthinktank.eu
Shadow Power Assessment of Corruption and Hidden Economy in Southeast Europe 2016
Open
Enlargement
Europe reaches its Balkan crossroads Does Brexit mean that Eur...
Working Paper
October 19, 2016
epthinktank.eu
Europe reaches its Balkan crossroads Does Brexit mean that Europe's core will look eastwards?
Open
Foreign-Affairs
Policymaking in the Western Balkans Creating Demand for Eviden...
Research Paper
November 22, 2016
epthinktank.eu
Policymaking in the Western Balkans Creating Demand for Evidence Beyond EU Conditionality
Open
Transposition - it’s not enough, not enough, not enough: the chorus of a song written by our colleague Peter Vajda on a tune by Manic Street Preachers for the Secretariat’s occasional camp fire retreats in the ...
Open
How unrealistic employment claims are deceiving coal mining communities in southeast Europe and delaying a just transition to sustainable energy.
Open
BALKAN BAROMETER 2016
Open
Foreign-Affairs
13 September 2016 - Eu Support for Western Balkans Hampered by...
Press Release
September 13, 2016
eca.europa.eu
13 September 2016 - Eu Support for Western Balkans Hampered by Shortcomings in National Authorities
Open
Politics
Eu Pre-accession Assistance For Strengthening Administrative C...
Report
September 2, 2016
eca.europa.eu
Eu Pre-accession Assistance For Strengthening Administrative Capacity In the Western Balkans: A Meta-audit
Open
Environment
Reaching for Blue Gold: How the EU can rise to the water chall...
Publication
September 14, 2015
egmontinstitute.be
Reaching for Blue Gold: How the EU can rise to the water challenge while reaping the rewards
Open
Foreign-Affairs
Turkey's Putsch and Purge: Why and how the EU should re-en...
Position Paper
September 5, 2016
ceps.eu
From its affirmation of Turkey’s candidate country status in 1999, to the peak of the refugee crisis in 2015, the EU has used both the symbolism and framework of its enlargement policy to try and instill change in t...
Open
Politics
The Long March Towards the EU Candidates, Neighbours and the P...
Publication
April 13, 2016
martenscentre.eu
The Long March Towards the EU Candidates, Neighbours and the Prospects for Enlargement
Open
Foreign-Affairs
FRONTEX Eastern Partnership Risk Analysis Network Quarterly - ...
Report
June 29, 2016
frontex.europa.eu
FRONTEX Eastern Partnership Risk Analysis Network Quarterly - Quarter 1‚ January-March 2016
Open
Migration
FRAN Quarterly - Quarter 1, 2016
Report
August 31, 2016
frontex.europa.eu
FRAN Quarterly reports are prepared by the Frontex Risk Analysis Unit and provide a regular overview of irregular migration at the EU external borders, based on the irregular migration data exchanged among Member Stat...
Open
Energy
Western Balkans countries invest at least 2.4 times as much in...
Policy Brief
May 25, 2016
bankwatch.org
Western Balkans countries invest at least 2.4 times as much in coal as in wind power
Open

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digital Towards Digital Leadership in the Western Balkans: Setting the priorities for the next five years
Towards Digital Leadership in the Western Balkans: Setting the priorities for the next five years
4 Jul 2024
European DIGITAL SME...
Towards Digital Leadership in the Western Balkans: Setting the priorities for the next five years
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell | Foreign Affairs Council 24/06/2004| Presser #Western Balkans
HR/VP Josep Borrell | Foreign Affairs Council 24/06/2004| Presser #Western Balkans
25 Jun 2024
European External Ac...
Hosting the 6 Western Balkan Foreign Ministers at today’s FAC, HR/VP Josep Borrell stressed the importance of alignment & cooperation on foreign & security policy. Ahead of the 26/06 High Level meeting, he reiterated his commitment to move forward the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue. Full transcript here: https://www.eeas.europa.eu/eeas/foreign-affairs-council-press-remarks-high-representative-josep-borrell-after-meeting-15_en
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renewable (WEBINAR) Energizing the Balkans: A Deep Dive into Renewable Strategies and Market Impacts
(WEBINAR) Energizing the Balkans: A Deep Dive into Renewable Strategies and Market Impacts
11 Jun 2024
Solarplaza
Join us for an insightful exploration of the dynamic energy landscape of the Balkans with our distinguished speaker, Marin Cerjan. With over 15 years of expertise in energy forecasting, market analysis, and sustainable project development, Marin delved into the evolving regional energy mix and its implications on market prices. Discover the innovative integration of solar power and storage solutions, and learn about the frameworks enabling this transformation. In this webinar, we spotlighted a number of countries in the Balkans region, examining their capacities and advancements in renewable energy installations. Marin also addressed the key challenges and opportunities within these markets, focusing on essential technical, regulatory, and financial considerations. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 🔗 For more insights and events, visit - https://bit.ly/3vYZriN
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training 👉 Gresa: Entrepreneurship & Proactivity in Kosovo!
👉 Gresa: Entrepreneurship & Proactivity in Kosovo!
24 Apr 2024
European Training Fo...
👉 Discover Gresa's favorite skills: Entrepreneurship and Proactivity! Hear about her journey as an influencer and entrepreneur from Kosovo, advocating for youth empowerment and skill development. Meet Gresa Boshtraj, a dynamic influencer, entrepreneur, and digital content creator based in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Gresa's decision to pursue entrepreneurship and influencer marketing stemmed from her desire to carve her own path and inspire others to embrace digital opportunities. Gresa's key skills—entrepreneurship, proactivity, and maintaining a positive mindset—reflect her belief in empowering young people to thrive within their own country. She envisions a future where Kosovo's talented and hardworking individuals can achieve their dreams locally, reducing the need to seek opportunities abroad. In Kosovo, Gresa sees immense potential, particularly in technology, arts, and sports. However, she recognises the importance of addressing challenges and nurturing skills, especially in rural areas. Gresa advocates for uniting younger generations to focus on skill development and community growth. Gresa's journey exemplifies the transformative impact of embracing digital platforms and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and positivity. She believes in the collective effort to educate and uplift Kosovo's youth, ultimately driving progress and opportunity within the country. Join Gresa in championing youth empowerment and skill development in Kosovo. Together, let's harness potential, bridge gaps, and build a brighter future for the next generation! Gresa’s voice is part of the newly launched #MySkills4You campaign, an initiative of the European Training Foundation to echo the voices of young citizens from the Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans. As a crucial component of the European Year of Skills, #MySkills4You sheds light on the significance of skill investment in these regions. In collaboration with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), the campaign extends its reach through networks of young European Ambassadors and EU Jeel Connectors from EU Neighbours South, East, and Western Balkans. Participation in this initiative is open to all, providing a platform for individuals to contribute their perspectives on skills. Join us in this collaborative endeavour towards advancing skills development. Let’s work together on skills! Learn more 👉 etf.europa.eu/myskills4you #EuropeanYearOfSkills #MySkills4You
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EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans - A Croatian Perspective
EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans - A Croatian Perspective
19 Apr 2024
IIEA
In her speech, Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, State Secretary for Europe in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, focuses on Croatia’s perspective on the forthcoming EU enlargement process, the institutional changes required to prepare the EU for enlargement, and the range of reforms to be implemented by the Western Balkan countries before accession, including the resolution of historical disputes. She also addresses the proposal of a so-called confidence clause for the region in the accession treaties, which would prevent a newly joined Member State from blocking the accession of another candidate country. Finally, she provides an assessment, ten years on, of how both Croatia and the EU have benefitted from the 2013 enlargement. About the Speaker: Andreja Metelko-Zgombić is the State Secretary for Europe at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and holds a law degree. Prior to assuming this position in 2017, she held several prominent posts at the Ministry, including Chief Legal Adviser and Assistant Minister for European Law, International Law and Consular Affairs. Metelko-Zgombić is also the Senior Representative of the Republic of Croatia on the Standing Joint Committee on Succession Issues and the President of the Commission of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for Borders.
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EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans - A Croatian Perspective
EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans - A Croatian Perspective
19 Apr 2024
IIEA
In her speech, Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, State Secretary for Europe in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, focuses on Croatia’s perspective on the forthcoming EU enlargement process, the institutional changes required to prepare the EU for enlargement, and the range of reforms to be implemented by the Western Balkan countries before accession, including the resolution of historical disputes. She also addresses the proposal of a so-called confidence clause for the region in the accession treaties, which would prevent a newly joined Member State from blocking the accession of another candidate country. Finally, she provides an assessment, ten years on, of how both Croatia and the EU have benefitted from the 2013 enlargement. About the Speaker: Andreja Metelko-Zgombić is the State Secretary for Europe at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and holds a law degree. Prior to assuming this position in 2017, she held several prominent posts at the Ministry, including Chief Legal Adviser and Assistant Minister for European Law, International Law and Consular Affairs. Metelko-Zgombić is also the Senior Representative of the Republic of Croatia on the Standing Joint Committee on Succession Issues and the President of the Commission of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for Borders. Recorded on the 19th of April 2024
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EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans - A Croatian Perspective
EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans - A Croatian Perspective
17 Apr 2024
IIEA
In her speech, Andreja Metelko-Zgombić, State Secretary for Europe in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, will focus on Croatia’s perspective on the forthcoming EU enlargement process, the institutional changes required to prepare the EU for enlargement, and the range of reforms to be implemented by the Western Balkan countries before accession, including the resolution of historical disputes. She will also address the proposal of a so-called confidence clause for the region in the accession treaties, which would prevent a newly joined Member State from blocking the accession of another candidate country. Finally, she will provide an assessment, ten years on, of how both Croatia and the EU have benefitted from the 2013 enlargement. About the Speaker: Andreja Metelko-Zgombić is the State Secretary for Europe at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and holds a law degree. Prior to assuming this position in 2017, she held several prominent posts at the Ministry, including Chief Legal Adviser and Assistant Minister for European Law, International Law and Consular Affairs. Metelko-Zgombić is also the Senior Representative of the Republic of Croatia on the Standing Joint Committee on Succession Issues and the President of the Commission of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for Borders.
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foreignaffairs Balkanisation d'Internet : vers la fin du web global ?
Balkanisation d'Internet : vers la fin du web global ?
8 Apr 2024
Institut français d...
Dans un monde hyperconnecté, la stabilité d'Internet est prise pour acquise. Mais qu'arrive-t-il lorsque les fondements même de ce réseau des réseaux commencent à se fissurer ? De la pandémie de Covid-19 aux conséquences de l'invasion russe de l'Ukraine, Julien Nocetti explore le spectre d'une fragmentation accélérée de l'Internet global. Comment les grandes puissances et les acteurs privés, notamment les titans du numérique, jouent-ils un rôle dans cette évolution ?Dans cet épisode, nous plongeons au cœur de la fragmentation d'Internet, une réalité où le réseau mondial se morcelle, se segmente et se régionalise. Nous examinons les différentes facettes de cette fragmentation : technique, géopolitique, et commerciale, et comment elles façonnent notre interaction avec le monde numérique.Rejoignez-nous pour une discussion éclairée avec Julien Nocetti, auteur de l'étude Un Internet en morceaux ? Fragmentation d’Internet et stratégies de la Chine, la Russie, l’Inde et l’Union européenne. Ensemble, nous déchiffrons les ambitions et les politiques derrière la reconfiguration d'Internet par des acteurs étatiques divers, offrant une perspective unique sur les visions du capitalisme numérique et les implications pour le futur du web.#Internet #Fragmentation #Géopolitique #Technologie #Cybersécurité #DiplomatieNumérique #PlateformesNumériques #LibertéSurInternet
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell | FAC 18/03/2024 | Doorstep #1 Belgrade–Pristina dialogue
HR/VP Josep Borrell | FAC 18/03/2024 | Doorstep #1 Belgrade–Pristina dialogue
18 Mar 2024
European External Ac...
One year ago, Kosovo and Serbia reached a landmark agreement towards normalisation. Despite EU and international support, Serbia and Kosovo achieved only very limited progress. We will continue putting pressure to both sides in order to move forward. https://www.eeas.europa.eu/eeas/belgrade-pristina-dialogue-statement-high-representative-anniversary-agreement-path-normalisation_en
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development Western Balkans Investment Summit 2024
Western Balkans Investment Summit 2024
12 Feb 2024
European Bank for Re...
The Western Balkans Investment Summit 2024 will be held at the EBRD HQ in London on Monday 26 February. The event will be attended by all six heads of government from the region, who have confirmed their participation. The aim of the Summit is to highlight potential investment and business opportunities in the Western Balkans region and to promote regional and cross-border projects. This is the sixth EBRD summit of its kind; the inaugural Western Balkans Summit took place at the EBRD ten years ago, in February 2014 and, for the first time, brought together all the region’s prime ministers. The Western Balkans is a priority region for the EBRD. Today, the EBRD remains one of the largest institutional investors in countries of the region, with more than €18 billion invested to date. The traditional highlight of the Summit – interactive “Prime Ministers Session” - will see the regional Leaders and the President of the EBRD address the audience with their overall vision for the region, key regional projects and opportunities for investment at both regional level and in each of the countries of the region, which includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The session will feature extended Q&A with foreign investors. 9.00-9.30 Opening of the Summit. Welcome address Odile Renaud-Basso, President, EBRD High level representative of the EU (tbc) 9.30 -11.00 *Interactive session with participation of the six Western Balkans Prime Ministers, including extended Q&A with foreign investors
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justice What is the Western Balkans Criminal Justice Project? | Eurojust
What is the Western Balkans Criminal Justice Project? | Eurojust
23 Jan 2024
Eurojust
The Western Balkans Criminal Justice Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by Eurojust, aims to strengthen cooperation within the Western Balkans, and between the region and the EU, on fighting organised crime and terrorism using modern tools and instruments. Discover more about the project on Eurojust’s website: 👉 https://www.eurojust.europa.eu/western-balkans-criminal-justice Eurojust, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation, supports the fight against serious cross-border crime in all its shapes and forms, strengthening the coordination and cooperation between national investigating and judicial authorities. Discover our website: 👉 http://www.eurojust.europa.eu/ Follow Eurojust on social media: LinkedIn 👉 https://www.linkedin.com/company/eurojust/ Twitter 👉 https://twitter.com/eurojust
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foreignaffairs The Western Balkans’ Bumpy Road to the EU
The Western Balkans’ Bumpy Road to the EU
18 Jan 2024
Carnegie Europe
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has given EU enlargement new impetus, but obstacles to the Western Balkan countries’ integration persist. Dimitar Bechev, senior fellow at Carnegie Europe, and Oana Popescu-Zamfir, director of the Bucharest-based think tank GlobalFocus Center, discuss the domestic dynamics in the region and how Brussels can encourage democratic reform. [00:00:00] Intro, [00:01:41] Where the Western Balkans Stand on the Road to the EU, [00:11:20] Obstacles to EU Enlargement, [00:18:35] Prospects for Western Balkan Countries’ EU Accession. ------- Europe Inside Out brings together experts to explain Europe’s foreign policy challenges and opportunities. Every month, go beyond the headlines with Carnegie Europe and explore where the continent stands, how it got here, and where it is heading. Subscribe to Europe Inside Out wherever you listen to podcasts, including these platforms: Simplecast: https://europe-inside-out.simplecast.com/ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/europe-inside-out/id1645883619 Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5zaW1wbGVjYXN0LmNvbS9zT2tjb1dvUg Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0KbJAZOWBseJc8FWqvTUu1 Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/319745ab-f0b6-4aed-bc41-c4f18720e60d/europe-inside-out #podcast #europe #europeanunion #eu #israel #gaza #middleeast# #CarnegieEurope
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans summit | 13/12/2023
HR/VP Josep Borrell Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans summit | 13/12/2023
14 Dec 2023
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans summit | 13/12/2023
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institutions EU-Western Balkans Summit - Press conference by Presidents von der Leyen and Charles Michel
EU-Western Balkans Summit - Press conference by Presidents von der Leyen and Charles Michel
14 Dec 2023
European Commission
Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-250877 Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -X: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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economy How should Western Balkan countries seize the opportunity of the EU’s new growth plan
How should Western Balkan countries seize the opportunity of the EU’s new growth plan
11 Dec 2023
Bruegel
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced a new growth plan for the Western Balkans at the Tirana Summit in October 2023. The plan includes an accelerated integration of Western Balkans in the EU single market, completing a common regional market of the Western Balkans, and fostering their structural reforms and investments with a new €6 billion fund. How could Western Balkan countries exploit the opportunities offered by this proposal? Will the new fund provide sufficient incentives to realise difficult structural reforms? Will the growth plan accelerate the EU accession process?
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security HR/VP J. Borrell Press Conference with Macedonian PM D. Kovachevski 30/11/2023 | #2 Western Balkans
HR/VP J. Borrell Press Conference with Macedonian PM D. Kovachevski 30/11/2023 | #2 Western Balkans
1 Dec 2023
European External Ac...
North Macedonia chaired the @OSCE in difficult times. National unity is needed to advance key reforms for joining the EU. The Growth Plan for the Western Balkans is an opportunity to boost economies and improve living standards. HR/VP @JosepBorrellF remarks in Skopje.
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cities ELOGE in Kosovo - 12 Principles / 12 Parimet
ELOGE in Kosovo - 12 Principles / 12 Parimet
28 Nov 2023
ALDA - European Asso...
Projekti “Çmimi Evropian i Ekselencës në Qeverisje (ELoGE) në Kosovë*” është krijuar për të mbështetur komunat në përmirësimin performancës se tyre në ofrimin e shërbimeve të cilësisë së lartë në kuadër të një sistemi të përmirësuar të vetëqeverisjes lokale. Vetëvlerësimi përfshin një mënyrë të matjes dhe verifikimit të përputhshmërisë së secilës njësi të qeverisjes lokale pjesëmarrëse me 12 parimet e qeverisjes së mirë demokratike të Këshillit të Evropës.
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security NATO Secretary General wraps up a four-day visit to the Western Balkans
NATO Secretary General wraps up a four-day visit to the Western Balkans
24 Nov 2023
NATO
The NATO Secretary General wrapped-up a four-day visit to the Western Balkans where he met with Leaders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia and North Macedonia and visited personnel from Allied and partner countries who are working for the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), NATO Headquarters in Sarajevo, and NATO’s Military Liaison Office in Belgrade. The Secretary General reaffirmed the region’s strategic importance to NATO and the Alliance’s steadfast commitment to safeguard peace and stability. He highlighted that KFOR continues to implement its UN mandate to provide a safe and secure environment for all communities living in Kosovo. He also stressed that ending secessionist rhetoric would boost stability and reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina, underlined the importance of NATO’s partnership with Serbia, and called for Belgrade and Pristina to reengage with the EU-facilitated dialogue for the normalisation of their relations. In Skopje, the Secretary General hailed the contributions to Euro-Atlantic security by North Macedonia – a NATO Ally since 2020 - and praised the country’s successful multi-ethnic society, which shows that it is possible for different ethnic and religious groups to live together in peace. He also met with Allied leaders from the Western Balkans. Hosted by the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, the meeting was attended by the Prime Minister of Albania, the President of Croatia, and the Prime Minister of Montenegro. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ SUBSCRIBE to this channel https://bit.ly/NATOsubscribe SUBSCRIBE to NATO News https://bit.ly/NATONewsSubscribe SUBSCRIBE to NATO History https://bit.ly/NATOHistorySubscribe Connect with NATO online: Visit the Official NATO Homepage: https://bit.ly/NATOhomepage Receive NATO updates via email: https://bit.ly/NATOemails Find NATO on FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/NATOfacebook Follow @NATO on TWITTER: https://bit.ly/NATOtwitter Follow NATO on Instagram: https://bit.ly/NATOinstagram Find NATO on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NATOlinkedin Find NATO on Flickr: https://bit.ly/NATOflickr #NATO #OTAN #WesternBalkans
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security EU - Western Balkan Ministerial - 13 November 2023
EU - Western Balkan Ministerial - 13 November 2023
12 Nov 2023
European External Ac...
On 13 November 2023 HR/VP Josep Borrell chairs the EU - Western Balkan Ministerial in Brussels, with the six Foreign Ministers of the region. The EU counts on its future members for united responses to the current geopolitical challenges through solidarity and close cooperation.
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institutions Joint press conference by President von der Leyen and President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani
Joint press conference by President von der Leyen and President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani
30 Oct 2023
European Commission
Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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cities Western Balkans as region of the future (19th Salzburg Europe Summit)
Western Balkans as region of the future (19th Salzburg Europe Summit)
10 Oct 2023
Institute of the Reg...
Western Balkans as a Region of the Future Sunday, September 24th 2023 Salzburg Congress, Europasaal KEYNOTE Branimir Jovanović Economist, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies wiiw, North Macedonia PANEL Gerd Bommer, Regional Manager Southeast Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Chamber of Commerce Austria Martin Kocher, Minister for Economy and Labour, Austria Getoar Mjeku, Vice Minister for Economy, Kosovo Obrad Tadic, CEO Smart Energy Investment, Serbia Zijad Nišić , Mayor of Brčko District, Bosnia and Herzegowina Nikola Jovanovic, Direktor Center for Local Government (CLS – Centar za Lokalnu Samoupravu) Belgrade MODERATION Franz Schausberger Chairman of the IRE Not least because of the terrible war in Ukraine and the granting of EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova, there seems to have been more movement again in the accession process of the states of the Western Balkans. Bosnia-Herzegovina became a candidate country, Serbia passed reforms in the field of justice and positioned itself against the war against Ukraine. Kosovo will get the long desired visaliberalization next year. It is hoped that accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania can finally begin. The geopolitical situation has also shown the skeptical EU member states that the Western Balkans are indispensable for Europe from both a geopolitical and economic point of view and must not be left to the non-European powers. That is why there is an increasing willingness to find pragmatic solutions. There are many opportunities for companies in the Western Balkans to invest in the Western Balkans, especially in the areas of water, energy, infrastructure and transport. The great interest of local companies in these future markets in the immediate vicinity is manifested in the constantly increasing number of direct investments. The EU is helping to implement the necessary, far-reaching political and economic reforms through a wide variety of funding programs. The European Union supports the Western Balkan countries in building a modern, climate-neutral and resource-efficient economy. In this panel, representatives from the various Western Balkan countries will discuss the opportunities for the Western Balkans to become an important economic region of the future. Video: ZUP Media | www.zup-media.at
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renewable (WEBINAR) A Deep Dive into the Regulatory Framework for Solar PV in the Balkans (2023)
(WEBINAR) A Deep Dive into the Regulatory Framework for Solar PV in the Balkans (2023)
5 Oct 2023
Solarplaza
Join us for an insightful webinar on the current regulatory framework for solar energy development in the Balkan region. Our expert speakers will discuss the main challenges faced by solar energy developers in the region and compare their experience working on projects across the region. From PPAs to energy storage, take this moment to ask your questions to the lawyers active in the region. This webinar is perfect for solar energy developers who want to stay up-to-date with the latest legal developments in the Balkans and the perfect preparation for our full-day conference Solarplaza Summit Balkans on the 30th of November in Bulgaria. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 🔗 For more insights and events, visit - https://bit.ly/3EAqUZ8
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security What is NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR)?
What is NATO’s Kosovo Force (KFOR)?
4 Oct 2023
NATO
The Kosovo Force was mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999 as a peacekeeping mission in the immediate aftermath of NATO’s intervention to end the humanitarian catastrophe that was unfolding in and around Kosovo. KFOR’s main task is to ensure a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities in Kosovo. KFOR operates as the third responder, after the Kosovo Police and the European Union Rule of Law mission (EULEX). Coordination with these two entities is close and constant. More information: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_48818.htm ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ SUBSCRIBE to this channel https://bit.ly/NATOsubscribe SUBSCRIBE to NATO News https://bit.ly/NATONewsSubscribe SUBSCRIBE to NATO History https://bit.ly/NATOHistorySubscribe Connect with NATO online: Visit the Official NATO Homepage: https://bit.ly/NATOhomepage Receive NATO updates via email: https://bit.ly/NATOemails Find NATO on FACEBOOK: https://bit.ly/NATOfacebook Follow @NATO on TWITTER: https://bit.ly/NATOtwitter Follow NATO on Instagram: https://bit.ly/NATOinstagram Find NATO on LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/NATOlinkedin Find NATO on Flickr: https://bit.ly/NATOflickr #NATO #Kosovo #KFOR
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The EU, Enlargement, and the Western Balkans: Time to Recalibrate?
The EU, Enlargement, and the Western Balkans: Time to Recalibrate?
20 Sep 2023
IIEA
In his remarks, Dr Bassuener focuses on the EU’s relationship with the Western Balkans in advance of the country reports which will be published in October 2023. Dr Bassuener’s contention is that, writ broadly, the political elites of the region have demonstrated that they do not want to do the heavy lifting regarding EU accession. Yet, according to Dr Bassuener, the EU’s interest in the region remains its desire to demonstrate its transformative power and geopolitical potency. Overall, in his discussion, Dr Bassuener argues that enlargement should not be abandoned, but rather there should be a reassessment of who the primary EU partners need to be – the citizens of the region. About the Speaker: Kurt Bassuener is a Co-Founder and Senior Associate of the Democratization Policy Council, a Berlin-based think-tank established in 2005. He received his PhD in 2021 from the University of St. Andrews’ Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. Dr Bassuener is co-author and research director for the Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support. Prior to studying at St. Andrews, he lived for 11 years in Sarajevo, starting in 2005 as a strategist for then-High Representative, Paddy Ashdown. He was a political and campaign analyst for the OSCE-ODIHR election observation mission in Ukraine in 2004–2005, and previously conducted analysis-based advocacy in Washington D.C. for the Balkan Institute, the Balkan Action Council, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the International Rescue Committee. Recorded on the 20th of September 2023
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell | High-Level meeting of Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue 14/09/2023
HR/VP Josep Borrell | High-Level meeting of Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue 14/09/2023
15 Sep 2023
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell press conference after the High-Level meeting of Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue on 14 September 2023.
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security Balkan cartel sinks as Spain seizes 2.7 tonnes of cocaine on board large vessel
Balkan cartel sinks as Spain seizes 2.7 tonnes of cocaine on board large vessel
1 Sep 2023
EUROPOL
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security 37 arrested as violent Balkan criminal cell is taken down
37 arrested as violent Balkan criminal cell is taken down
1 Sep 2023
EUROPOL
https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom Follow us on: http://www.facebook.com/europol/ http://www.instagram.com/europol.eu/ http://twitter.com/europol http://www.linkedin.com/company/europol http://www.europol.europa.eu Intellectual property rights, including copyright, to the material are owned by Europol. Europol’s advance permission is also required for any further use of this material. Further details can be viewed on https://www.europol.europa.eu/legal-notice . Where permission is given in writing this will require the source to be identified and intellectual property rights to be acknowledged. Any entity reusing the material is responsible for its own publication and for obtaining any additional permissions required (e.g. from individuals appearing, from rights owners of any images or figures embedded in the material). No material or image may be used to endorse or imply endorsement of an organisation or project by Europol. The Europol name and logo are the exclusive property of Europol. They are protected under European and International law and cannot be reproduced without Europol’s prior written permission.
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security Balkan’s biggest drug lords arrested after investigation into encrypted phones
Balkan’s biggest drug lords arrested after investigation into encrypted phones
1 Sep 2023
EUROPOL
An international operation across three countries has resulted in the takedown of the biggest drug trafficking criminal organisation in the Balkan region. https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom Follow us on: http://www.facebook.com/europol/ http://www.instagram.com/europol.eu/ http://twitter.com/europol http://www.linkedin.com/company/europol http://www.europol.europa.eu Intellectual property rights, including copyright, to the material are owned by Europol. Europol’s advance permission is also required for any further use of this material. Further details can be viewed on https://www.europol.europa.eu/legal-notice . Where permission is given in writing this will require the source to be identified and intellectual property rights to be acknowledged. Any entity reusing the material is responsible for its own publication and for obtaining any additional permissions required (e.g. from individuals appearing, from rights owners of any images or figures embedded in the material). No material or image may be used to endorse or imply endorsement of an organisation or project by Europol. The Europol name and logo are the exclusive property of Europol. They are protected under European and International law and cannot be reproduced without Europol’s prior written permission.
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politics “Kosovo is Europe, and to be Kosovar is to be European” - Kosovo’s President Osmani
“Kosovo is Europe, and to be Kosovar is to be European” - Kosovo’s President Osmani
16 Jun 2023
European Parliament
The President of the Republic of Kosovo, Vjosa Osmani, addressed the European Parliament in a formal sitting in Strasbourg. #shorts #europeanparliament #kosovo Comment on: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/europeanparliament Twitter https://twitter.com/Europarl_EN
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security HR/VP | Ministerial Conf on the Roadmap to firearms control in the Western Balkans | 16/5/2023
HR/VP | Ministerial Conf on the Roadmap to firearms control in the Western Balkans | 16/5/2023
1 Jun 2023
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell and Commissioner Johansson hosted a high-level ministerial conference on the Roadmap to comprehensive Small Arms and Light Weapons control in the Western Balkans, on 16 May 2023.
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell | Foreign Affairs Council 22/5/2023 | #01 Western Balkans
HR/VP Josep Borrell | Foreign Affairs Council 22/5/2023 | #01 Western Balkans
23 May 2023
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell press conference on Western Balkans after the Foreign Affairs Council on 22 May 2023.
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell | Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue 3/5/2023 | Press remarks
HR/VP Josep Borrell | Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue 3/5/2023 | Press remarks
3 May 2023
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell press remarks at the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue meeting, 3 May 2023
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health Drug-related health and security threats in the Western Balkans
Drug-related health and security threats in the Western Balkans
19 Apr 2023
EMCDDA
Drug-related health and security threats in the Western Balkans
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security New Momentum for Kosovo’s International Integration
New Momentum for Kosovo’s International Integration
27 Mar 2023
Austrian Institute F...
New Momentum for Kosovo’s International Integration withVjosa Osmani-Sadriu President of Kosovo Moderation:Dr. Werner Fasslabend President, Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES)
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medicine Viktor Simeonovski - One year and a half into the first HIV PrEP pilot in the Western Balkans
Viktor Simeonovski - One year and a half into the first HIV PrEP pilot in the Western Balkans
23 Mar 2023
IAS – the Internat...
Lativa, Educational Fund, IAS, HIV, AIDS, International AIDS Society, EECA, Eastern Europe HIV, Asia HIV, HIV seminar
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security HRVP Josep Borrell Press Remars | High-Level meeting of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue | 18/3/2023
HRVP Josep Borrell Press Remars | High-Level meeting of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue | 18/3/2023
20 Mar 2023
European External Ac...
HRVP Josep Borrell Press Remars after the High-Level meeting of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue in Ohrid, North Macedonia on 18 March 2023.
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food Coming to terms with Kosovo's past
Coming to terms with Kosovo's past
9 Mar 2023
ForeignPolicyCentre
This Foreign Policy Centre seminar, in partnership with the University of Lancaster, will look at the role played by non-state actors and particularly journalists in re-establishing a shared historical record in post-conflict societies, with a particular focus on Kosovo. This seminar will examine the vital role journalists and other non-state actors can play in challenging official narratives, providing a more accurate account of recent history and disseminating that information to a wider audience. It will also examine the role the media can play in exacerbating historical grievance and reinforcing narratives that divide communities or obscure the past. The seminar will look at these dynamics on the ground in Kosovo. Taking into account the historic role the UK has played in the country and how it might assist in the future, given both the withdrawal from EU support mechanisms after Brexit and the UK government’s renewed focus on the wider region following its 2018 Western Balkans Summit Commitments. It will build on the findings of the recent University of Lancaster and British Academy project Transitional Justice and ‘Transitional Journalism’: Understanding the Role of Journalists as Non-State Actors in the Delivery of Historical Justice – Case Study on Kosovo. Speakers: Baroness Helic, Board Member, Trust Fund for Victims, International Criminal Court Professor James A. Sweeney, Centre for International Law and Human Rights, University of Lancaster Dr Birte Julia Gippert, University of Liverpool Dr Florian Qehaja, Chair of the Board, Kosovar Centre for Security Studies Chair: Adam Hug, Director, The Foreign Policy Centre (This is an Archive event from January 21 2020)
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell Press Remarks | Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue | 27/2/2023
HR/VP Josep Borrell Press Remarks | Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue | 27/2/2023
2 Mar 2023
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell Press Remarks during the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue on 27 February 2023.
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digital Kosovo closes the digital divide: Gigabit connectivity for all rural citizens
Kosovo closes the digital divide: Gigabit connectivity for all rural citizens
14 Feb 2023
DigitalEU
The Kosovo Digital Economy (KODE), supported by the World Bank, provided with FTTH connectivity the underserved rural areas of the country. The Broadband Competence Office of Kosovo, within the Ministry of Economy, designed and deployed the project which will cover with high-speed internet 100% of the villages and white areas of the country, as well us secondary schools and other public entities -like healthcare institutions. This video is part of the European Broadband Competence Offices Network’s programme promoting awareness of good practices in broadband projects as well as EU broadband funding and policy. Find out more: http://www.bconetwork.eu See more videos in the series: http://videos.bconetwork.eu
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humanrights #3StepsForward for gender equality – Carlien Scheele, EIGE - Statement for the Kosovo Conference
#3StepsForward for gender equality – Carlien Scheele, EIGE - Statement for the Kosovo Conference
25 Jan 2023
European Institute f...
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renewable Solarplaza Summit Balkans 2022 - Aftermovie
Solarplaza Summit Balkans 2022 - Aftermovie
19 Jan 2023
Solarplaza
A first in the region, Solarplaza Summit Balkans gathers, connects and inspires regional and international PV professionals to accelerate the sustainable energy transition in the Balkans. With nearly 2 GW of installed PV capacity, and over 26 GW of realistic market potential, stellar growth is forecasted for the region in the near future. The first edition of Solarplaza Summit Balkans took place on 8 December 2022, in Zagreb, where industry leaders discussed opportunities and challenges that are essential to unlocking the potential of the Balkan PV market. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 🔗 Links Watch other videos in this series: https://bit.ly/3hUOKqa Sign up for our newsletter for updates: https://bit.ly/2UwOGy1 👍 FOLLOW US LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sola... Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/solarplazain... Twitter: https://twitter.com/solarplaza
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security Kosovo, the Western Balkans, and the European Union
Kosovo, the Western Balkans, and the European Union
5 Jan 2023
Austrian Institute F...
The Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy, the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo in Austria, and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, are honoured to invite you to the upcoming discussion with Albin Kurti, Premier Minister of Kosovo.
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security NATO helps maintain security in Kosovo
NATO helps maintain security in Kosovo
5 Jan 2023
NATO
The NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo continues to provide a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities living in Kosovo, under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999. Today, the Kosovo Force (KFOR) numbers around 3,700 troops from 20 NATO Allies and seven partner countries, and troops regularly train and exercise together to ensure readiness in case a dispute occurs. In a crisis situation KFOR operates as the third responder, after the Kosovo Police and the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX). As part of their usual tasks, KFOR troops regularly engage with all local communities across Kosovo and enhance their readiness with a variety of training, including Crowd and Riot Control (CRC), patrols at checkpoints and Liaison and Monitoring Teams, which interact with local communities across Kosovo. Footage includes shots of KFOR soldiers conducting Crowd and Riot Control (CRC) training, conducting liaison monitoring duties, soldiers on a regular patrol in northern Kosovo. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬SUBSCRIBE to this channel http://bit.ly/NATOsubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO News http://bit.ly/NATONewsSubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO History http://bit.ly/NATOHistorySubscribeConnect with NATO online:Visit the Official NATO Homepage: http://bit.ly/NATOhomepageReceive NATO updates via email: http://bit.ly/NATOemailsFind NATO on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/NATOfacebookFollow @NATO on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/NATOtwitterFollow NATO on Instagram: http://bit.ly/NATOinstagramFind NATO on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/NATOlinkedinFind NATO on Flickr: http://bit.ly/NATOflickr#NATO #OTAN #WeAreNATO
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homeaffairs Should the Western Balkans join the EU for geostrategic reasons?
Should the Western Balkans join the EU for geostrategic reasons?
19 Dec 2022
Debating Europe
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell Doorstep | European Council 15/12/2022 | #1 Western Balkans
HR/VP Josep Borrell Doorstep | European Council 15/12/2022 | #1 Western Balkans
16 Dec 2022
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell doorstep ahead of the European Council on 15/12/2022.
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell | Foreign Affairs Council 12/12/2022 | #03 Kosovo-Serbia
HR/VP Josep Borrell | Foreign Affairs Council 12/12/2022 | #03 Kosovo-Serbia
13 Dec 2022
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell press remarks during the Foreign Affairs Council on 12 December 2022.
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renewable Annual meeting day 1, Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
Annual meeting day 1, Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
13 Dec 2022
EU Energy
22-23 November 2022, day 1. Event details and programme: europa.eu/!fqj7qW. Sign up to the initiative’s newsletter: europa.eu/!Jvv9b4 00:00 Opening and a keynote speech by Maciej Popowski, Acting Director General, DG NEAR, European Commission 29:29 Update from the international partners of the Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine 31:55 Véronique Marx, Team Leader for Just transition and energy poverty, DG ENER, European Commission 38:12 Alexander Huurdeman, Senior Gas Specialist, Energy & Extractives Global Practice, World Bank 48:39 Artur Lorkowski, Director, Energy Community Secretariat 59:29 Q&A with audience 1:11:19 Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Deputy Head of Unit, Thematic Support – An economy that works for people, green, digital and connected, DG NEAR, European Commission 1:21:38 Anna Vasylyeva, Energy Transition, Climate Strategy and Delivery, EBRD 1:30:03 Matteo Rivellini, Head of Enlargement Division, EIB 1:39:36 Marta Babicz, Director of the External Funds Department, Poland’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management 1:44:43 Q&A with audience 2:02:25 Panel “Strategic approach to coal phase-out: has the energy crisis become a game-changer?” 2:03:58 Artur Lorkowski, Director, Energy Community Secretariat 2:17:30 Aleksandra Tomczak, Cabinet Member of the Executive VP of the European Commissioner Frans Timmermans, European Commission 2:25:26 Naser Nuredini, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, North Macedonia 2:36:17 Victoria Gryb, Chair of Energy Security subcommittee and Chair of Just Transition inter-fractional group, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine 3:05:41 Q&A with audience 3:23:22 Panel “Stakeholder engagement and just transition in Western Balkan and Ukrainian coal regions” 3:25:56 Christopher Sheldon, Country Manager for Bosnia and Herzegovina, World Bank 3:29:47 Justine Morven Sylvester, Sustainable Land Use Specialist, World Bank 3:44:45 Rajko Kovačević, Mayor, Municipality of Pljevlja, Montenegro 3:51:39 Nevena Smilevska, Just Transition Coordinator for the Western Balkans, Bankwatch 4:06:35 Q&A with audience 4:30:43 Panel “Good practices on repurposing land and assets, and environmental remediation” 4:31:17 Olaf Osica, Senior Advisor and visiting professor, College of Europe in Natolin 4:33:57 Piotr Cofałka, Deputy Director for Research and Development, Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Poland 4:47:37 Samir Kamenjaković, Mayor, Municipality of Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina 5:00:59 Iryna Kostetska, Post-PhD researcher, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine 5:09:00 Wolfhart Pohl, Lead Specialist for Environment and Geosciences, World Bank 5:24:07 Q&A with audience 5:43:00 Conclusions of day 1 5:45:50 Valentyna Moskalenko, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Ukraine
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell Exit Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans Summit | 06/12/2022
HR/VP Josep Borrell Exit Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans Summit | 06/12/2022
7 Dec 2022
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell exit doorstep after EU-Western Balkans Summit during his visit to Tirana, Albania on 06 December 2022.
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agriculture Euroquestions #52 | Où en est l’élargissement aux Balkans?
Euroquestions #52 | Où en est l’élargissement aux Balkans?
7 Dec 2022
Jacques Delors Institute
Un nouveau sommet UE-Balkans occidentaux se tient le 6 décembre à Tirana. Alors que Jean-Claude Juncker avait fermé la porte à tout élargissement sous son mandat, la guerre en Ukraine et sa candidature ont remis le sujet de l’élargissement à l’agenda européen alors que les processus d’adhésions des pays balkaniques s’enlisaient depuis plusieurs années. Où en sont l’Albanie, la Macédoine du Nord, le Monténégro, la Serbie, la Bosnie-Herzégovine et le Kosovo dans leur relation avec l’UE ? Quel sentiment inspire l’Union dans la région ? A quelle échéance une perspective d’adhésion est-elle réaliste ? Ces questions seront abordées par Lukas Macek, chercheur associé à l’Institut Jacques Delors et directeur du campus de Dijon de SciencesPo. M. Macek prendra la tête du futur centre Grande Europe dédié aux questions de l’élargissement dont se dote notre think tank.
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans Summit | 06/12/2022
HR/VP Josep Borrell Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans Summit | 06/12/2022
6 Dec 2022
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell doorstep before EU-Western Balkans Summit during his visit to Tirana, Albania on 06 December 2022.
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institutions The European Union and the Western Balkans Summit
The European Union and the Western Balkans Summit
6 Dec 2022
European Commission
This video is focusing on key figures and examples of our partnership between The European Union and the Western Balkans. Over the last years, the partnership has grown stronger and the EU and the Western Balkan countries have joint responsibility for peace and democracy in Europe. Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-234496 Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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institutions EU-Western Balkans Summit - Press conference
EU-Western Balkans Summit - Press conference
6 Dec 2022
European Commission
Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: https://europa.eu/!Tx43kH Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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development Boosting competitiveness of small businesses in Western Balkans
Boosting competitiveness of small businesses in Western Balkans
1 Dec 2022
European Bank for Re...
Small businesses are engines of local economies in the Western Balkans. With EU support, we provide them with finance and know-how so they can become more competitive. Over 850 businesses in the region have invested in new equipment, energy saving measures and other areas which is helping them become more competitive in local and EU markets. The SME Competitiveness Programme in the Western Balkans is co-funded by the European Union.
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cities Invest in the Regions of the Western Balkans
Invest in the Regions of the Western Balkans
28 Nov 2022
Institute of the Reg...
With over 850 guests from 21 countries and 64 experts from 17 countries, the three-day 18th Salzburg Europe Summit was a success in the Salzburg Congress. Find here the recording of the session Invest in the Regions of the western Balkans? 25th October 2022 | Salzburg Congress OPENING and WELCOME Josef Schöchl, Chairman of the EU-Committee of the Salzburg State Parliament, Member of the IRE board (Austria) KEY NOTE Helga Berger, Member of the European Court of Auditors, Chamber II Growth, Cohesion and Integration (Austria) PANEL Mentor Arifaj, Deputy Minister for Industry, Enterprises and Trade (Kosovo) Kenan Dedić, Technical Director, HEEZ Aluminium, Brćko (Bosnia-Herzegowina) Max Schausberger, Managing Director Elevator Ventures (Austria) Aleksandar Simurdić, Director of the European Affairs Funds of the Autonomous Province Vojvodina (Serbia) Markus Strasser-Stöckl, Owner and Manager of NetQM Tech Company in Austria and Bosnia-Herzegowina Jelena Tadić, PPP Investment Ltd. (Serbia) MODERATION Marijana Miljkovic, Editor Economics, Wiener Zeitung The so called Western Balkans are the six states in south-eastern Europe that are not yet members of the European Union. Around 17 million people live in this region, which impresses with its wonderful landscape and hospitality, among other things. Austria is one of the strongest and most important partners of the countries in the Western Balkans. This region, which has been waiting for accession to the European Union for over 15 years, is of enormous importance not only politically but also economically. The economic upswing and the opportunities for European companies to invest and develop are also decisive for the positive development of the region. What is the investment climate like in the Western Balkans? What testimony does the EU give the states in this area, what about innovation, entrepreneurial freedom and legal certainty? What do the regions of the Western Balkans offer potential investors? Find all information on the 18th Salzburg Europe Summit 2022 here: www.salzburg-europe-summit.eu Video: ZUPMedia | Florian Zöchling - www.zup-media.at/
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renewable Annual meeting : Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
Annual meeting : Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
18 Nov 2022
EU Energy
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renewable Annual meeting : Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
Annual meeting : Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
18 Nov 2022
EU Energy
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economy EIB VP Pavlova's remark at the EU-Western Balkans: Smart Cities Economic Forum
EIB VP Pavlova's remark at the EU-Western Balkans: Smart Cities Economic Forum
18 Nov 2022
European Investment Bank
EIB VP Pavlova's remark at the EU-Western Balkans: Smart Cities Economic Forum. Visit our website: https://www.eib.org Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanInvestmentBank Twitter: https://twitter.com/eib LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-investment-bank Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeaninvestmentbank/
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security HR/VP Josep Borrell | Informal Foreign Affairs Meeting 14/11/2022 | #02 Western Balkans
HR/VP Josep Borrell | Informal Foreign Affairs Meeting 14/11/2022 | #02 Western Balkans
15 Nov 2022
European External Ac...
Briefed EU Foreign Ministers on the latest on the Belgrade - Pristina Dialogue. We are facing the most serious crisis since 2013. Both parties need to find a way forward to lower tensions. From partners aspiring to a European future, we expect readiness to find European solutions
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economy Branimir Jovanovic: Western Balkans Lost Between YU and EU
Branimir Jovanovic: Western Balkans Lost Between YU and EU
9 Nov 2022
The Vienna Institute...
About wiiw: The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) is Vienna-based policy think tank with a focus on Central, East, and Southeast Europe. We conduct research on international economics, deliver macroeconomic forecasts, comment the ongoing events, collect statistical data, and organize events to discuss policy-related questions. Follow us: Web: https://wiiw.ac.at/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/WiiwAcAt?sub_confirmation=1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/wiiw_ac_at Repec: https://edirc.repec.org/data/wiiwwat.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wiiw.economic.studies/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vienna-institute-for-international-economic-studies/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wiiw_ac_at #wiiw #economics
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security 382 arrests during joint actions against traffickers using the Balkan route
382 arrests during joint actions against traffickers using the Balkan route
4 Nov 2022
EUROPOL
Law enforcement authorities from 28 European countries joined forces to jointly target firearms trafficking, drugs trafficking, migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings during coordinated EMPACT Joint Action Days between 26 and 29 October. The actions, which included intensified checks on the EU’s external borders, mainly took place in the Balkans and Southeast Europe. Other countries from across Europe contributed criminal intelligence and conducted operational actions at the national level. The operational activities were also supported by Eurojust, Frontex, INTERPOL, SELEC and other international organisations. https://www.europol.europa.eu/newsroom Follow us on: http://www.facebook.com/europol/ http://www.instagram.com/europol.eu/ http://twitter.com/europol http://www.linkedin.com/company/europol http://www.europol.europa.eu Intellectual property rights, including copyright, to the material are owned by Europol. Europol’s advance permission is also required for any further use of this material. Further details can be viewed on https://www.europol.europa.eu/legal-notice . Where permission is given in writing this will require the source to be identified and intellectual property rights to be acknowledged. Any entity reusing the material is responsible for its own publication and for obtaining any additional permissions required (e.g. from individuals appearing, from rights owners of any images or figures embedded in the material). No material or image may be used to endorse or imply endorsement of an organisation or project by Europol. The Europol name and logo are the exclusive property of Europol. They are protected under European and International law and cannot be reproduced without Europol’s prior written permission.
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institutions Berlin Process Summit for the Western Balkans
Berlin Process Summit for the Western Balkans
3 Nov 2022
European Commission
Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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institutions President von der Leyen in Kosovo - Press conference with Vjosa Osmani, President of Kosovo
President von der Leyen in Kosovo - Press conference with Vjosa Osmani, President of Kosovo
27 Oct 2022
European Commission
Joint press conference by President Ursula von der Leyen and President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/video/I-231984 Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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renewable RES deployment in the Balkans: Challenges & Opportunities in Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria & Slovenia
RES deployment in the Balkans: Challenges & Opportunities in Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria & Slovenia
26 Oct 2022
Solarplaza
With nearly 2 GW of installed PV capacity, and over 26 GW of realistic market potential, stellar solar growth is forecasted for the Balkan region in the near future. Among the various markets, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Slovenia show exceptionally high levels of untapped potential. Subsidy programs have begun to incentivize the installation of renewables in these markets. Moreover, as investors are increasingly drawn to the region, PPAs will play a central role in accelerating the number of PV projects. In this webinar, we are joined by Evangelos Gazis, the Market Lead for South Eastern Europe, and Panos Kefalas, Senior Research Associate at Aurora Research. Covering Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Slovenia, Evangelos and Panos will be giving an overview of: 🔹 Opportunities for RES market development 🔹 Subsidy-based and merchant deployment solar projects 🔹 The role of PPAs 🔹 Expected power price fluctuations ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 🔗 Links For an overview of upcoming events: http://www.solarplaza.com/events/​​​ Sign up for our newsletter for updates: https://bit.ly/2UwOGy1​​ 👍 FOLLOW US LinkedIn: https://nl.linkedin.com/company/solarplaza_2 Twitter: https://twitter.com/solarplaza
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security #OurVoiceOurFuture | Ilir, Paulema and Raquel | Kosovo, Liberia and Guyana | Women's rights
#OurVoiceOurFuture | Ilir, Paulema and Raquel | Kosovo, Liberia and Guyana | Women's rights
19 Oct 2022
European External Ac...
#OurVoiceOurFuture | Ilir, Paulema and Raquel | Kosovo, Liberia and Guyana | Women's rights
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development Furniture maker in Kosovo saves energy with new equipment
Furniture maker in Kosovo saves energy with new equipment
5 Sep 2022
European Bank for Re...
Ciao Berto is a furniture manufacturer from Kosovo. EBRD and EU supported their investment in modern equipment and new production facilities. The company received EBRD loan and EU-funded grant through the Western Balkans SME Competitiveness Programme. The programme helps SMEs to modernise their activities, become more competitive and take advantage of trade opportunities in the Western Balkans region and the wider European market.
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security HR/VP press statement at the High-level meeting of EU Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue
HR/VP press statement at the High-level meeting of EU Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue
19 Aug 2022
European External Ac...
“This is not the moment for more tensions. It is time to look for solutions. There is no alternative to the Dialogue” HR/VP Josep Borrell press remarks following the high-level meeting of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue, on 18 August 2022.
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security What is NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR)?
What is NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR)?
12 Aug 2022
NATO
The Kosovo Force, KFOR, was mandated by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999, with the aim to deploy a neutral peacekeeping mission in the immediate aftermath of NATO’s intervention aimed at ending the humanitarian catastrophe that was unfolding in and around Kosovo. Today, KFOR consists of more than 3,700 troops provided by 27 Allied and partner countries on a voluntary basis, currently led by Hungary. KFOR’s main tasks are to ensure a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities in Kosovo. Over time, as the security situation in the region has improved, NATO has been gradually adjusting KFOR’s force posture. Any changes to the KFOR force posture are conditions-based and not calendar-driven. In performing its tasks, KFOR operates as the third responder, after the Kosovo Police and the European Union Rule of Law mission (EULEX). Coordination with these two entities is constant and very well established. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬SUBSCRIBE to this channel http://bit.ly/NATOsubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO News http://bit.ly/NATONewsSubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO History http://bit.ly/NATOHistorySubscribeConnect with NATO online:Visit the Official NATO Homepage: http://bit.ly/NATOhomepageReceive NATO updates via email: http://bit.ly/NATOemailsFind NATO on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/NATOfacebookFollow @NATO on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/NATOtwitterFollow NATO on Instagram: http://bit.ly/NATOinstagramFind NATO on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/NATOlinkedinFind NATO on Flickr: http://bit.ly/NATOflickr#NATO #KFOR #Kosovo
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development Statelessness in Kosovo
Statelessness in Kosovo
28 Jul 2022
European Network on ...
Roma Versitas Kosovo presents a video highlighting the issues faced by people at risk of statelessness in Kosovo. This program is supported by European Network on Statelessness, and implemented by Roma Versitas Kosovo. #RomaBelong https://www.romaversitas.org/?fbclid=IwAR2GGkDdbQjJE6-gmrwNwc-Vend-4LInASKGu86bv-ThGOmM--bvvZJP9u4
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culture “Lumbardhi Public Again” Project, Prizren, KOSOVO*
“Lumbardhi Public Again” Project, Prizren, KOSOVO*
30 Jun 2022
Europa Nostra
“Lumbardhi Public Again” Project, Prizren, KOSOVO*
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foreignaffairs Balkans, Europe orientale... Quelle Communauté politique européenne ?
Balkans, Europe orientale... Quelle Communauté politique européenne ?
29 Jun 2022
Institut français d...
Un dialogue exceptionnel entre Thierry de MONTBRIAL, Ursula PLASSNIK, Enrico LETTA. La guerre d'Ukraine impose de nouvelles réalités géopolitiques et bouscule les Européens dans leurs certitudes. Elle affecte leur rapport à la sécurité, à leurs voisinages et met l'Union européenne au défi de redéfinir les tenants de la construction européenne. La communauté politique européenne proposée par Emmanuel Macron le 9 mai à Strasbourg vise à ancrer au plus près de l'Union les pays d'Europe orientale et balkanique. Charles Michel a quant à lui évoqué une communauté géopolitique européenne. Les propositions relevant de l'intégration différenciée des nouveaux Etats-membres prennent ici tout leur sens. Quelles relations l'UE entend-elle bâtir avec les pays de l'Est et du Sud-Est européen, qui aspirent à la rejoindre ? - Enrico Letta, président de l'Institut Jacques Delors, ancien président du Conseil des ministres italien. - Thierry de Montbrial, président-fondateur de l'Institut français des relations internationales (Ifri, Paris). - Ursula Plassnik, ancienne ministre des Affaires étrangères d'Autriche. Modération : Dominique David, président du Centre franco-autrichien pour le rapprochement en Europe. Powered by Restream https://restre.am/yt
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training Impact investment for skills and societies: a focus on the Western Balkans
Impact investment for skills and societies: a focus on the Western Balkans
29 Jun 2022
European Training Fo...
What is impact investment? How can it be used to create skills, drive forward innovation, and make a social impact? Can it be implemented anywhere? Who needs to be involved?Join our discussion focussing on the experience of impact investment in the Western Balkans based on a joint study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the ETF.️ Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski, CEO, Macedonia2025.️ Aleksandra Kostova, Programme Manager, European Commission, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations.️ Elena Andonova, Policy Officer, Innovation and Policy, Joint Research Centre, European Commission.️ Siria Taurelli, Senior Human Capital Development Expert, European Training Foundation.Examples of existing initiatives will be shared together with details about tools which can encourage impact investment.#Skills4Change
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security HR/VP Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans Leaders' Meeting | 23/06/2022
HR/VP Doorstep | EU-Western Balkans Leaders' Meeting | 23/06/2022
23 Jun 2022
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell doorstep, ahead of the EU-Western Balkans Leaders' Meeting on 23 June 2022.
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training Impact investment for skills and societies: a focus on the Western Balkans
Impact investment for skills and societies: a focus on the Western Balkans
23 Jun 2022
European Training Fo...
❓ What is impact investment? ❓ How can it be used to create skills, drive forward innovation, and make a social impact? ❓ Can it be implemented anywhere? ❓ Who needs to be involved? Join our discussion focussing on the experience of impact investment in the Western Balkans based on a joint study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the ETF. 🎙️ Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski, CEO, Macedonia2025. 🎙️ Aleksandra Kostova, Programme Manager, European Commission, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement negotiations. 🎙️ Elena Andonova, Policy Officer, Innovation and Policy, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. 🎙️ Siria Taurelli, Senior Human Capital Development Expert, European Training Foundation. Examples of existing initiatives will be shared together with details about tools which can encourage impact investment. #Skills4Change
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homeaffairs EU Non-Discrimination Policies in the Western Balkans: the Case of LGBTQIA+ Rights
EU Non-Discrimination Policies in the Western Balkans: the Case of LGBTQIA+ Rights
18 Jun 2022
TEPSA - Trans Europe...
In a Europe dominated by quick-fire crisis response, it is increasingly important that the voices of European citizens be heard. The EU’s channel for citizens to make suggestions for the future of Europe, the Conference on the Future of Europe, has recently concluded. We want to continue amplifying young citizens’ voices! Since January 2021, European Policies for You (EP4U) has implemented activities to raise awareness of EU policy-making and increase political participation of young European citizens. Building on university debates, high school talks, videos explainers engaging various MEPs, student paper competitions and social media campaigns, the Final Conference “Youth Perspectives on the Future of Europe” concluded the project by offering cross-cutting insights into four policy areas: climate and environment; employment and social policies; migration and asylum; and non-discrimination and protection of fundamental rights. The conference’s first panel was moderated by Tom Chevalier from Sciences Po and Michaela Dénešová from Comenius University in Bratislava. It featured the contribution of Myrthe Bovendeaard, Parliamentary Assistant to Kim van Sparrentak MEP. EP4U Student Contest Winners Stevan Đurić and Niccoló de Vita. TEPSA Website: https://www.tepsa.eu/ TEPSA Twitter: https://twitter.com/tepsaeu TEPSA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tepsa.eu TEPSA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tepssabrussels TEPSA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tepsaeu/ #EP4U #Pride #enlargement Music: Stand (Wondershare Filmora X) The action was co-financed by the European Union in the framework of the European Parliament’s grant programme in the field of communication. The European Parliament was not involved in its preparation and is, in no case, responsible for or bound by the information or opinions expressed in the context of this action. In accordance with applicable law, the authors, interviewed people, publishers or programme broadcasters are solely responsible. The European Parliament can also not be held liable for direct or indirect damage that may result from the implementation of the action.
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security EMAD2022 | Kosovo
EMAD2022 | Kosovo
13 Jun 2022
European External Ac...
“Let's just be free and move and create and love each other without being harmful towards each other and without having any prejudice.” Arbër Selmani is human rights activist, writer and journalist from Kosovo. Arbër believes in freedom. He believes in the freedom of movement, freedom of coexistence, and freedom to create.
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economy A new EU strategy for the Western Balkans: Lessons from EU-CEE and the Russian invasion (Panel)
A new EU strategy for the Western Balkans: Lessons from EU-CEE and the Russian invasion (Panel)
9 Jun 2022
The Vienna Institute...
Panel discussion in cooperation with Bertelsmann Stiftung from 8th June 2022 with Dusan Reljić, SWP Ranka Miljenović, CEP Hannes Swoboda, wiiw and Branimir Jovanovic, wiiw Moderation: Richard Grieveson The Russian invasion of Ukraine poses risks for the Western Balkans, where memories of the war are still present and ethnic disputes have never been settled. The region is slowly cooling towards the EU after spending almost two decades in its waiting room. The announced accelerated EU accession of Ukraine, however justified and likely, threatens to increase frustration in the Western Balkans if the EU does not change its strategy towards the region. In our new study „The long way round: Lessons from EU-CEE for improving integration and development in the Western Balkans“, we make the case for a necessary change in the EU’s strategy towards the Western Balkans, as the current strategy has failed to deliver regional economic integration and development. Instead of doing more of the same, we ask whether and how the successful example of the former communist countries that joined the EU between 2004 and 2013 can be repeated in the Western Balkans. The main issues to be discussed on this event are: How can the EU promote regional economic integration and development in the Western Balkans? What should be the new EU strategy for the Western Balkans? Are there prospects for a new dynamic in their EU accession process? What impact could visible progress have on the region as a whole and on its territorial and constitutional disputes? What is at stake for Europe if there is no visible progress? Agenda: - Welcome by Hannes Swoboda, President of wiiw and IIP, former MEP - Presentation of new wiiw study The long way round: Lessons from EU-CEE for improving integration and development in the Western Balkans by Branimir Jovanovic, Lead author and wiiw Balkan Expert About wiiw: The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) is Vienna-based policy think tank with a focus on Central, East, and Southeast Europe. We conduct research on international economics, deliver macroeconomic forecasts, comment the ongoing events, collect statistical data, and organize events to discuss policy-related questions. Follow us: Web: https://wiiw.ac.at/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/WiiwAcAt?sub_confirmation=1 Twitter: https://twitter.com/wiiw_ac_at Repec: https://edirc.repec.org/data/wiiwwat.html Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wiiw.economic.studies/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/vienna-institute-for-international-economic-studies/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wiiw_ac_at
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security HR/VP Press Remarks | FAC 16/05/2022 | #01 Western Balkans
HR/VP Press Remarks | FAC 16/05/2022 | #01 Western Balkans
17 May 2022
European External Ac...
HR/VP Josep Borrell press remarks during the Foreign Affairs Council on 16 May 2022.
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security HR/VP Doorstep ahead of the Informal Dinner with Western Balkans Leaders | 11/05/2022
HR/VP Doorstep ahead of the Informal Dinner with Western Balkans Leaders | 11/05/2022
13 May 2022
European External Ac...
On 11 May 2022, HR/VP Josep Borrell hosted the Western Balkans Leaders for an informal dinner. They discussed the global impact of Putin’s unprovoked war against Ukraine and the need to stand united, for a safe, stable and prosperous Europe and to build a common future together.
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development Kosovo – From Coal to Renewable Energy
Kosovo – From Coal to Renewable Energy
10 May 2022
European Bank for Re...
All countries will have to go through a rapid transition from fossil fuels to clean energy sources in order to fend off global climate change. Kosovo offers a particularly interesting investment opportunity as the Government is about to launch an ambitious energy strategy for a transition straight from coal to renewable energy. With no gas infrastructure to start with, Kosovo aims to rely on modern technology for energy storage and international connectors to secure the balance between demand and the varying electricity production from solar and wind power. This session will set out the opportunities that such a transition can create for investors ranging from classic solar and wind farms to cutting-edge solutions like grid-scale batteries, solar heat storage etc. Participants: Harry Boyd-Carpenter - Managing Director, Climate Strategy & Delivery, EBRD Jens Lundsgaard (Moderator) - Board Director for Denmark, Lithuania, Ireland and Kosovo, EBRD Hekuran Murati - Minister of Finance, Labor and Transfers, Government of Kosovo Artane Rizvanolli - Minister of Economy, Government of Kosovo Felix Cornelius - Investor, Co-Founder, Bajgora Wind Farm Jonathan Saiger - Speaker, Senior Operations Advisor, Millennium Challenge Corporation We will be using Slido for some of our events to help facilitate Q&A, collect your questions in advance and hear your feedback via live polls. Please go to www.slido.com and enter 917000
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cities European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in Kosovo- Launching Conference
European Label of Governance Excellence (ELoGE) in Kosovo- Launching Conference
14 Apr 2022
ALDA - European Asso...
The European Association for Local Democracy – ALDA received in 2021 accreditation from the Council of Europe for the European Label of Governance Excellence ( ELoGE ) implementation in Kosovo*. The Launching of the programme in Pristina was held on the 06.04.2022. The event was held in Albanian and English with translation in Serbian. Moderator Katica Janeva - European Association for Local Democracy Welcoming Speech – Importance of EloGE programme Elbert Krasniqi, Minister of Local Government Administration of Kosovo* Antonella Valmorbida, Secretary General of European Association for Local Democracy - ALDA European Label of Governance Excellence Frank Power, Head of office of Council of Europe office in Pristina ​ Niall Sheerin, Center of Expertise for Local Government Reform, Council of Europe ELoGE Programme – next steps and Implementation Ivana Velkova - European Association for Local Democracy More on ELoGE - https://www.coe.int/en/web/good-governance/eloge More on ALDA: https://www.alda-europe.eu/
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[TALKING GEOPOLITICS] With Igor Bandović on War in Ukraine and Its Impact on the Western Balkans
[TALKING GEOPOLITICS] With Igor Bandović on War in Ukraine and Its Impact on the Western Balkans
12 Apr 2022
Vocal Europe
As part of our podcast series, we talked with Igor Bandović about the war in Ukraine and its Impact on the Western Balkans. Mr Bandović is the director of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and was previously the Senior Programme Manager for the European Fund for the Balkans. In this episode we discuss the capacity of the EU, influencing forces and challenges in the region.
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security HR/VP Visit to the Western Balkans, 14-16 March 2022 | Wrap-up
HR/VP Visit to the Western Balkans, 14-16 March 2022 | Wrap-up
22 Mar 2022
European External Ac...
High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell travelled to North Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina on 13-16 March. The visit came against the backdrop of the barbaric aggression by Russia against Ukraine. In the three countries, the HR/VP discussed the current war with his interlocutors. They all condemned the Kremlin’s aggression. In these testing times they have sided with the EU and the international community to stop the war, assist the Ukrainian people and work for peace and international law, demonstrating that their place is in the EU family.
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development We planted 1000 trees in Western Balkans
We planted 1000 trees in Western Balkans
14 Mar 2022
European Bank for Re...
In four years, Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) has supported over 9000 households in the Western Balkans to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. To celebrate this achievement, we planted 1000 trees in the region. GEFF is co-financed by the European Union and Austria.
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development Western Balkans Investment Summit 2022
Western Balkans Investment Summit 2022
28 Feb 2022
European Bank for Re...
Watch LIVE the Western Balkans Investment Summit 2022, Remote Simultaneous Interpretation is available in Albanian; Macedonian; Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian via the Interactio app which can be downloaded for the smartphone/tablet. The password will be set as WBIS2022. The aim of the Summit is to highlight potential investment and business opportunities in the Western Balkans region and to promote regional and cross-border projects. This is the fifth EBRD summit of its kind; the inaugural Western Balkans Summit took place at the EBRD in February 2014 and, for the first time, brought together all the region’s prime ministers. The Western Balkans is a priority region for the EBRD. Today, the EBRD remains one of the largest institutional investors in countries of the region, with €15 billion invested to date. Agenda (GMT): Arrival of the Prime Ministers: 8:00-8.55 Opening of the Summit. Welcome address: 9.00-9.15 - Odile Renaud-Basso, President, EBRD - Emmanuel Macron, President of France (EU Presidency) TBC - Oliver Varhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement *Interactive session with participation of the six Western Balkans Prime Ministers, including extended Q&A with foreign investors: 9.15 -11.00 *Held under Gymnich formula
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security Kosovo and the Stability in the Western Balkans
Kosovo and the Stability in the Western Balkans
17 Feb 2022
Austrian Institute F...
AIES President Dr. Werner Fasslabend welcomes with Ambassador Lulzim Pllana guests Lukas Mandl, Member of the European Parliament & the Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo, and Johannes Eigner, Special envoy for the Western Balkans / Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, to talk about the current state of Kosovo in the scope of its position in the Western Balkans.
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security KFOR | Keeping the peace in Kosovo
KFOR | Keeping the peace in Kosovo
1 Feb 2022
NATO
A dispute in northern Kosovo in autumn 2021, which occurred as result of a directive by local authorities to use temporary number plates for vehicles coming from Serbia, has highlighted the important stabilising role that the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) continues to play in Kosovo and across the Western Balkans region. We went to Kosovo to talk with KFOR personnel who helped to implement an arrangement on de-escalation reached between Belgrade and Pristina with support from the EU. This video looks at those developments and the role of KFOR to ensure lasting security. KFOR’s mandate under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 1999 is to provide a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities living in Kosovo. Footage includes various shots of sites in Kosovo such as the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) and the northern town of Mitrovica/Mitrovice, to look at how the NATO-led mission in Kosovo has helped de-escalate recent tensions. During filming all covid precautions were observed, including social distancing and wearing of masks. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬SUBSCRIBE to this channel http://bit.ly/NATOsubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO News http://bit.ly/NATONewsSubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO History http://bit.ly/NATOHistorySubscribeConnect with NATO online:Visit the Official NATO Homepage: http://bit.ly/NATOhomepageReceive NATO updates via email: http://bit.ly/NATOemailsFind NATO on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/NATOfacebookFollow @NATO on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/NATOtwitterFollow NATO on Instagram: http://bit.ly/NATOinstagramFind NATO on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/NATOlinkedinFind NATO on Flickr: http://bit.ly/NATOflickr#NATO #KFOR #Kosovo
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Western Balkans: A perspective from Europe & Italy | Una prospettiva dall’Europa e dall’Italia
Western Balkans: A perspective from Europe & Italy | Una prospettiva dall’Europa e dall’Italia
25 Jan 2022
ECFR
Hon. Benedetto Della Vedova, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, discusses the European debate on the Western Balkans and the Italian position on it, and analyses the challenges posed by the EU's competitors in the area. The video was made during the ECFR Western Balkans Strategy Group (Rome, 17-18 November 2021). ___ On. Benedetto Della Vedova, Sottosegretario di Stato al Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale, approfondisce il dibattito europeo sui Balcani occidentali e la posizione italiana in merito, e analizza le sfide poste dai concorrenti dell’UE nell’area. Il video è stato realizzato durante il Western Balkans Strategy Group di ECFR (Roma, 17-18 novembre 2021).
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training Closing video - How labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans
Closing video - How labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans
21 Jan 2022
European Training Fo...
“Use it or lose it: how labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans” conference, 1st December 2021 Let's shed light on the triangular relationships between human capital formation, labour markets and migration, and determine how the current functioning of the education system and labour market affect migration in each country More: etf.europa.eu
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training Video 3 - How labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans
Video 3 - How labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans
21 Jan 2022
European Training Fo...
“Use it or lose it: how labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans” conference, 1st December 2021 Let's shed light on the triangular relationships between human capital formation, labour markets and migration, and determine how the current functioning of the education system and labour market affect migration in each country More: etf.europa.eu
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training Video 2 - How labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans
Video 2 - How labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans
21 Jan 2022
European Training Fo...
“Use it or lose it: how labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans” conference, 1st December 2021 Let's shed light on the triangular relationships between human capital formation, labour markets and migration, and determine how the current functioning of the education system and labour market affect migration in each country More: etf.europa.eu
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training Opening video - How labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans
Opening video - How labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans
21 Jan 2022
European Training Fo...
“Use it or lose it: how labour markets, human capital and migration interact in the Western Balkans” conference, 1st December 2021 Let's shed light on the triangular relationships between human capital formation, labour markets and migration, and determine how the current functioning of the education system and labour market affect migration in each country More: etf.europa.eu
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security Safe skies: NATO Air Policing – Slovenia and Western Balkans
Safe skies: NATO Air Policing – Slovenia and Western Balkans
15 Dec 2021
NATO
Across Europe, NATO fighter jets are on duty around the clock, ready to scramble in case of suspicious or unannounced flights near the airspace of our Allies. NATO calls this activity Air Policing, which has been an integral part of NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence for 60 years. In Slovenia and the Western Balkans, several Allies – including NATO’s newest member countries 🇲🇪Montenegro and 🇲🇰North Macedonia – don’t have fighter jets capable of intercepting unsafe air traffic. To secure the airspace over these countries, other NATO Allies take turns leading air policing missions. In 🇸🇮Slovenia, the 🇮🇹Italian and 🇭🇺Hungarian Air Forces share responsibility, while in 🇲🇪Montenegro and 🇦🇱Albania, it’s the 🇮🇹Italian and 🇬🇷Greek Air Forces. In November 2021, the Greek Air Force assumed responsibility for safeguarding North Macedonia’s airspace under the NATO air policing mission umbrella. Footage includes shots of Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons, Greek Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and Hungarian Air Force JAS-39 Gripens. In this series, we explore NATO’s five special air policing arrangements to ensure the integrity of NATO’s airspace and the defence of our almost one billion citizens. Find out more: https://bit.ly/60yrsAirPolicing ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬SUBSCRIBE to this channel http://bit.ly/NATOsubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO News http://bit.ly/NATONewsSubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO History http://bit.ly/NATOHistorySubscribeConnect with NATO online:Visit the Official NATO Homepage: http://bit.ly/NATOhomepageReceive NATO updates via email: http://bit.ly/NATOemailsFind NATO on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/NATOfacebookFollow @NATO on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/NATOtwitterFollow NATO on Instagram: http://bit.ly/NATOinstagramFind NATO on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/NATOlinkedinFind NATO on Flickr: http://bit.ly/NATOflickr#NATO #AvGeeks #WeAreNATO
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security Safe skies: NATO Air Policing – Western Balkans
Safe skies: NATO Air Policing – Western Balkans
10 Dec 2021
NATO
Across Europe, NATO fighter jets are on duty around the clock, ready to scramble in case of suspicious or unannounced flights near the airspace of our Allies. NATO calls this activity Air Policing, which has been an integral part of NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence for 60 years. In the Western Balkans, several Allies – including NATO’s newest member countries 🇲🇪Montenegro and 🇲🇰North Macedonia – don’t have fighter jets capable of intercepting unsafe air traffic. To secure the airspace over these countries, other NATO Allies take turns leading air policing missions. In 🇸🇮Slovenia, the 🇮🇹Italian and 🇭🇺Hungarian Air Forces share responsibility, while in 🇲🇪Montenegro and 🇦🇱Albania, it’s the 🇮🇹Italian and 🇬🇷Greek Air Forces. In November 2021, the Greek Air Force assumed responsibility for safeguarding North Macedonia’s airspace under the NATO air policing mission umbrella. Footage includes shots of Italian Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons, Greek Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons and Hungarian Air Force JAS-39 Gripens. In this series, we explore NATO’s five special air policing arrangements to ensure the integrity of NATO’s airspace and the defence of our almost one billion citizens. ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬SUBSCRIBE to this channel http://bit.ly/NATOsubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO News http://bit.ly/NATONewsSubscribeSUBSCRIBE to NATO History http://bit.ly/NATOHistorySubscribeConnect with NATO online:Visit the Official NATO Homepage: http://bit.ly/NATOhomepageReceive NATO updates via email: http://bit.ly/NATOemailsFind NATO on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/NATOfacebookFollow @NATO on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/NATOtwitterFollow NATO on Instagram: http://bit.ly/NATOinstagramFind NATO on LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/NATOlinkedinFind NATO on Flickr: http://bit.ly/NATOflickr#NATO #AvGeeks #WeAreNATO #WesternBalkans
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training Western Balkans: Partnerships for skills development
Western Balkans: Partnerships for skills development
29 Nov 2021
European Training Fo...
Join the conversation about the partnerships in education in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia that could support the green and digital transition. We will try to see what is happening in the region in terms of the skills development for young and adults, for upskilling and reskilling? And why is the partnership between different actors of the education and employment sector essential and what makes them a success? Our our guests for this discussion: - Amira Ramhorst, Regional Cooperation Council - Bernhard Fabianek, European Commission - Ulrike Damyanovic, European Training Foundation Join LIVE! #LearningConnects #Skills4all #Skills4Change
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development Rebuilding the railway in Kosovo
Rebuilding the railway in Kosovo
23 Nov 2021
European Bank for Re...
Railway infrastructure in Kosovo is in poor condition, with structural constraints that limit traffic to 60km/h. EBRD, EU, WBIF, and bilateral donors support the reconstruction of 149km of the railway, which will connect Kosovo with regional and European transport networks.
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development Making homes in Western Balkans more energy efficient
Making homes in Western Balkans more energy efficient
23 Nov 2021
European Bank for Re...
In four years, Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) has supported over 9000 households in the Western Balkans to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The programme is co-financed by the European Union and Austria.
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energy Episode with Jakuta Imširović on the challenge of a just transition in a Balkan city
Episode with Jakuta Imširović on the challenge of a just transition in a Balkan city
19 Nov 2021
Energy Cities
The city of Zenica, a coal and steel producer, lies right in the center of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Jakuta talks us through the different projects of the local government to increase efficiency, including Toplana Zenica plant. She proudly presents the city's ambitions, but she also mentions the issues regarding the lack of knowledge around new energy practices at the local and national political level and the sometimes difficult role of the city. Join us in the Western Balkans and let’s have a look into the culture shift underway in Zenica to transform the city into a more energy efficient, healthy and just place. This episode was recorded via internet. It is part of “City Stories” which is brought to you by the EU project mPower. mPower explores how cities and citizens can manage the energy transition together – in a fair, clean and democratic way. Participation can happen at various stages: from involving citizens, local NGOs or businesses in the policy design to any stage of the energy value chain: for example as shareholders or even prosumers. The mPower project gets funding from the European Horizon 2020 programme.
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cities Western Balkans Enlargement: Dead End or Fast Lane? (17th Salzburg Europe Summit)
Western Balkans Enlargement: Dead End or Fast Lane? (17th Salzburg Europe Summit)
11 Nov 2021
Institute of the Reg...
17th Salzburg Europe Summit Western Balkans Enlargement: Dead End or Fast Lane? 26th September 2021 Salzburg Congress www.salzburg-europe-congress.eu Livestream by ZUPmedia - www.zup-media.at Livestream footage (English) of the panel discussion in the frame of the 17th Salzburg Europe Summit on the topic: Western Balkans Enlargement: Dead End or Fast Lane? OPENING AND WELCOME Franz Schausberger Chairman of the Institute of the Regions of Europe (IRE) KEYNOTE SPEECH Karoline Edtstadler Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution (Austria) PODIUM Tanja Miščević Deputy Secretary General RCC Regional Cooperation Council - live connection Josip Brkić Deputy Foreign Minister (Bosnia-Hercegovina) Jadranka Joksimović Minister for EU-Integration (Serbia) Zoran Popov State Secretary for Foreign Affairs (North Macedonia) Đorđe Radulović Foreign Minister (Montenegro) Megi Fino Deputy Minister for European and Foreign Affairs (Albania) MODERATION Christian Wehrschütz ORF Content: Fighting the corona pandemic and coping with the social and economic consequences of this crisis, economic reconstruction and the problems associated with increasing illegal migration are the current challenges facing the countries of the Western Balkans. The dynamics of the EU expansion also suffered from the corona pandemic. The EU has endeavored - albeit with considerable delays - to support the countries in the Western Balkans mainly with vaccine procurement. However, some non-European countries were faster in some areas. The subject of energy security is likely to continue to play a decisive role in the economy. If the EU accession process does not advance faster for the Western Balkans, the six countries in the region will soon be looking for alternatives. North Macedonia and as well Albania are badly affected by the Bulgarian veto on the way to EU accession. In some western EU countries there is still a clear skepticism about EU enlargement. More than ever, the EU accession process for the Western Balkans will be in their own hands. If there is no progress in this regard, the already ailing enlargement process will probably move even further afield. Representatives of the EU, several Foreign and European ministers as well as prominent representatives of the Western Balkans will address the question of whether the enlargement process will end in a dead end after the corona crisis has subsided or whether there will be a more free journey towards enlargement.
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regions SMART EUROPE : BALKANROAD
SMART EUROPE : BALKANROAD
9 Nov 2021
EUinmyRegion
Through a strong participatory approach, BalkanROAD defined the specific problems of Balkan agribusinesses towards achieving sustainability and delivered a targeted transition Strategy for the next years. The project developed a web-GIS app for the calculation of SMEs’ environmental impact, allowing the creation of local value chains and the strengthening of their market position by producing and marketinglow carbon-, water- and waste footprint products, traceable at all production stages. For more information on EU regional policy, please visit our website: https://europa.eu/!Yy67HF Follow us on: - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EUinmyregion - Twitter: https://twitter.com/euinmyregion - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/euinmyregion/
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security Spain busts migrant smugglers active along the Balkan route
Spain busts migrant smugglers active along the Balkan route
4 Nov 2021
EUROPOL
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climate Clean energy transition in the Western Balkans:
Clean energy transition in the Western Balkans:
3 Nov 2021
EUClimateAction
The programme for EU side events at COP26 is now available at https://cop26eusideevents.eu Whether you're planning a trip to Glasgow or joining us online, there are more than 160 events to follow over the two-week summit. Register today and be part of the conversation. For updates, follow #EUatCOP26 on social media.
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security Over 60 charged in crackdown on Balkan cartel behind cocaine pipeline to Europe
Over 60 charged in crackdown on Balkan cartel behind cocaine pipeline to Europe
15 Oct 2021
EUROPOL
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foreignaffairs ‘The Invisible Hand of Media Censorship in the Balkans’
‘The Invisible Hand of Media Censorship in the Balkans’
13 Oct 2021
EU Reporter
Antoinette Nikolova, founder of the Balkan Free Media Initiative, presented the main findings of a report entitled: “The Invisible Hand of Media Censorship in the Balkans”. The report is the first report of the Balkan Free Media Initiative which was launched in the Brussels Press Club (12 October). The report shines a light on the situation in Serbia, North Macedonia and Bulgaria, but there are wider lessons to be learnt for the EU and wider Europe. The report looks at how commercial practices employed by state actors can undermine objective journalism, control public discourse and help governments consolidate political power acting as a threat to democracy. The report examines three methods used to control media markets: Control of public broadcasters and regulatory authorities; lack of transparency in ownership, the enabling of control of media outlets by governments or their proxies; and, a culture of clientelism through government advertising and/or grants. One of the speakers at the event Peter Whitehead of Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) said that state control of the media was particularly pervasive in Balkan states. The report looks at state control of the media through different commercial practices. While the report focuses on Balkan countries, it has certainly been witnessed elsewhere in Europe. Peter Horrocks OBE, formerly of the BBC World Service and member of the UK’s media regulatory body Ofcom called on the European Union to do more in the field of competition policy to address the situation. EU Reporter spoke to Radan Kanev MEP (EPP, BG) about the situation in Bulgaria. Intimidation of journalists and physical violence are well-documented, at the recent protests in Sofia in 2020, Dimitar Kenarov was detained and assaulted by police there was no satisfactory redress. Recently, editor of Euractiv Bulgaria, Georgi Gotev, an outspoken defender of independent reporting on Bulgaria, who chaired Tuesday’s launch was attacked on a street in Brussels, the assailant was not identified, but it appears to be another act of intimidation. Kanev described the report is a very strong document, maybe one of the most serious pieces of research into the Balkan media market. Kanev says the EU needs to stop support for programmes for the media where the money is channelled through the executive, he thinks this should be administered directly by the European Commission. Bulgaria will hold elections for the third time this year on 14 November.
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science Horizon Europe and SMEs in the Western Balkans
Horizon Europe and SMEs in the Western Balkans
11 Oct 2021
EU Science & Innovation
Horizon Europe is fully open to the Western Balkans. It brings together researchers and industry to improve lives, protect the environment and create sustainable growth and jobs. More information: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/strategy/strategy-2020-2024/europe-world/international-cooperation/western-balkans_en
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science Horizon Europe in the Western Balkans
Horizon Europe in the Western Balkans
8 Oct 2021
EU Science & Innovation
The EU and Western Balkans work together to build a better future for you and the next generations.
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science Celebrating past achievements of EU R&I funding for the Western Balkans
Celebrating past achievements of EU R&I funding for the Western Balkans
8 Oct 2021
EU Science & Innovation
EU funding has successfully promoted Research and Innovation in the entire Western Balkans region. It fostered excellence and science as well as valuable synergies with EU Member States. At the start of the new Horizon Europe this video looks back and celebrates past achievements through a series of testimonials from Western Balkans researchers who benefitted from EU funding grants. More information: https://ec.europa.eu/info/research-and-innovation/strategy/strategy-2020-2024/europe-world/international-cooperation/western-balkans_en
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development Western Balkans Business Registry
Western Balkans Business Registry
8 Oct 2021
European Bank for Re...
BIFIDEX is an online regional business registry portal in the Western Balkans, which provides investors with transparent and easily accessible information about local companies. It is a result of the project funded by the EBRD and the UK Good Governance Fund, with the aim to support economic integration and digital connectivity of the Western Balkans region.
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institutions EU-Western Balkans Summit in Brdo near Kranj, Slovenia
EU-Western Balkans Summit in Brdo near Kranj, Slovenia
7 Oct 2021
European Commission
Press conference by Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council, Ursula von der LEYEN, President of the European Commission, and Janez JANŠA, Slovenian Prime Minister Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: https://europa.eu/!9DPqJd Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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foreignaffairs ‘We want the Western Balkans in the European Union, there can be no doubt’ von der Leyen
‘We want the Western Balkans in the European Union, there can be no doubt’ von der Leyen
6 Oct 2021
EU Reporter
The EU-Western Balkans summit ended this afternoon (6 October) in Brdo, Slovenia, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asserted, “we want the Western Balkans in the European Union, there can be no doubt”, except that there seems to be plenty of doubt. European Council President Charles Michel representing the heads of government was more frank about divisions within the EU: “There is no secret that there is an ongoing discussion among the 27 about the EU’s capacity to take on new members.” He linked the doubts to what the European Union’s future ambitions were and the debates happening within the framework of the Conference on the future of Europe. Again, Michel was surprisingly honest about one of the principle problems, the EU is already struggling with adherence to the rule of law within the European Union. As the heads of government were meeting the EU’s court of justice, published a further judgement finding that Poland was in breach of its fundamental rules on the independence of the judicial system. EU leaders agreed on the Brdo declaration, with which the Western Balkans partners (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and Kosovo) have aligned themselves. The statement “reaffirms the EU’s unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans and welcomes the commitment of the Western Balkans partners to the European perspective, which is in our mutual strategic interest and remains our shared strategic choice,” which falls some way short of timetable for enlargement. The most likely contenders for enlargement, North Macedonia and Albania, are coupled meaning that they can only commence negotiations at the same time. Bulgaria has said it will block North Macedonia membership over a dispute over language, which means that it could block enlargement. The Bulgarian president Rumen Radev set out his conditions to lift its veto threat. He said that they are working on a bilateral protocol, to be presented in November, which will need to be approved by the parliament. He said he would like to see amendments to the North Macedonian constitution to recognise the Bulgarian minority and objective results from the ongoing census.
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institutions Press conference by President von der Leyen and Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti
Press conference by President von der Leyen and Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti
30 Sep 2021
European Commission
President von der Leyen visits the #WesternBalkans Press conference by President von der Leyen and Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti Watch on the Audiovisual Portal of the European Commission: https://europa.eu/!QUKc9c Subscribe to our channel: https://bit.ly/2X56Ju6 Follow us on: -Twitter: https://twitter.com/EU_Commission -Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeancommission/ -Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanCommission -LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-commission/ -Medium: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission Check our website: http://ec.europa.eu/
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renewable Prof. Mirza Kušljugić on coal in the Western Balkans - Initiative for coal regions in transition
Prof. Mirza Kušljugić on coal in the Western Balkans - Initiative for coal regions in transition
20 Jul 2021
DG ENERGY
Professor Mirza Kušljugić discusses the state of coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans. Dr. Mirza Kušljugić is a Professor, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in the University of Tuzla, and president of ReSET in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Disclaimer: this interview does not represent the views of the European Commission, nor can the Commission be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein.
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environment The Green Agenda for the Western Balkans and Healthy Recovery
The Green Agenda for the Western Balkans and Healthy Recovery
19 Jul 2021
Health and Environme...
SPEAKERS MSc Guillemette Vachey​, Policy officer, environment and climate change, DG NEAR MD PhD Dorota Jarosińska, Programme Manager, WHO Regional Office for Europe MSc Vijoleta Gordeljević Health and Climate Change Coordinator, HEAL
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environment Zelena agenda za Zapadni Balkana i zdravi oporavak
Zelena agenda za Zapadni Balkana i zdravi oporavak
19 Jul 2021
Health and Environme...
GOVORNICI MSc Guillemette Vachey​, Policy officer, environment and climate change, DG NEAR Dr sci.med Dorota Jarosińska, Programme Manager, WHO Regional Office for Europe MSc Vijoleta Gordeljević Health and Climate Change Coordinator, HEAL
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enlargement Breakthroughs from Europe: EU summit with Western Balkans countries
Breakthroughs from Europe: EU summit with Western Balkans countries
16 Jul 2021
GLOBSEC
? This week, in Breakthroughs from #Europe: Linda Tóthová, Project Coordinator at GLOBSEC Policy Institute, discusses from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the first steps from the new Slovenian #EU Council Presidency towards establishing a line of continued cooperation with #WesternBalkans countries. ➡️ Watch the video to know everything about this week's topics #EUCO #EU2021SI
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economy EIB President Werner Hoyer's message at the Western Balkans Summit Berlin 2021
EIB President Werner Hoyer's message at the Western Balkans Summit Berlin 2021
5 Jul 2021
European Investment Bank
EIB President Werner Hoyer's message at the Western Balkans Summit Berlin 2021. Visit our website: https://www.eib.org Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuropeanInvestmentBank Twitter: https://twitter.com/eib LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/european-investment-bank Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europeaninvestmentbank/
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environment Klimatske promene i zdravlje u regiji Zapadnog Balkana
Klimatske promene i zdravlje u regiji Zapadnog Balkana
3 Jul 2021
Health and Environme...
GOVORNICI Dr sci.med. Frances MacGuire, The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Mast.met Danijela Božanić, Ekspertkinja u oblasti klimatskih promena Dr Sci.med. Marija Jevtić, Medicinski fakultet, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu
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rail The IPA and Western Balkans Project
The IPA and Western Balkans Project
2 Jul 2021
European Union Agenc...
The IPA and Western Balkans Project
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environment Climate Change and Health in the Western Balkan region
Climate Change and Health in the Western Balkan region
1 Jul 2021
Health and Environme...
The webinar took place on 29 June, with speakers PhD Frances MacGuire, The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, MSc Danijela Božanić, Climate Change Expert, MD PhD Marija Jevtić, University of Novi Sad, Medical Faculty.
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renewable Annual meeting: Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans & Ukraine. Opening
Annual meeting: Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans & Ukraine. Opening
1 Jul 2021
DG ENERGY
The meeting was opened by keynote speeches delivered by: - Paula Pinho, Director for Just Transition, Consumers, Energy Efficiency and Innovation, European Commission (DG ENER) - Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director-General in charge of Eastern Neighbourhood, Economic Transformation and Relations with IFIs, Acting Director for Support Group for Ukraine, European Commission (DG NEAR) - Sameer Shukla, Acting Infrastructure Director for Europe and Central Asia, World Bank. The event was moderated by Elodie Salle, Secretariat of the Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine. Timestamps 0:00 Welcome 06:44 Paula Pinho, DG ENER 19:14 Katarina Mathernova, DG NEAR 25:29 Sameer Shukla, World Bank Web: https://ec.europa.eu/coal-regions-western-balkans-ukraine Socialmedia: #coalregionsWBUA
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homeaffairs Shaking EU solidarity in the Western Balkans: Views from Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia
Shaking EU solidarity in the Western Balkans: Views from Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia
30 Jun 2021
TEPSA - Trans Europe...
The debate on the future of Europe has gained a new momentum due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related recovery measures adopted by the EU. Regarding the Western Balkans, the EU and the European Investment Bank have mobilized over EUR 3.3 billion to support the region in tackling the coronavirus health crisis and post-pandemic socio-economic recovery. Across the Western Balkans, support for the EU enlargement process remain relatively high among citizens, but recent challenges have also empowered Eurosceptic voices. Moreover, in many EU Member States there has been a strong debate about the proposed enlargement, but the slow process of negotiations with countries in the region have caused fatigue in the accession debate. This virtual panel discussion was organised in the framework of the upcoming publication of TEPSA’s new book ‘Solidarity in Action and the Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals’. On Tuesday, 29 June 2021, at 11:00-12:15 (CET) contributors to the book from Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia touched upon wide range of topics: EU Solidarity, EU-WB relations, future of EU enlargement process, relations with their neighbours and post-COVID recovery packages. - Alfonc Rakaj, Researcher at Institute for Political Studies, Albania, - Donika Emini, Executive Director of the Civikos Platform, Kosovo, - Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva, Associate Professor at Faculty of Law Iustinianus Primus, “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje, North Macedonia. The discussion was moderated by Johannes Pollak, Director of and Professor of Political Science at the Webster Vienna Private University, Austria, and co-editor of TEPSA’s book series “The Future of Europe: Views from the Capitals”. #FutureofEurope #WesternBalkans TEPSA Website: https://www.tepsa.eu/ TEPSA Twitter: https://twitter.com/tepsaeu TEPSA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tepsa.eu TEPSA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tepsabrussels TEPSA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tepsaeu/ Music: Stand (Wondershare Filmora X) The event is supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.
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homeaffairs The Western Balkans and the Eastern Neighbourhood | #PPCLjubljana
The Western Balkans and the Eastern Neighbourhood | #PPCLjubljana
28 Jun 2021
TEPSA - Trans Europe...
On 1 July 2021, Portugal will hand over the Presidency of the Council of the EU to Slovenia, which will hold its reigns for the second time since its accession to the EU in 2004. During the next six months, the Slovenian Presidency will have to sail through troubled waters to address some of the most pressing EU issues, such as the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of the European Green Deal, the digital agenda and EU’s relations with its external partners. To scrutinise the priorities and challenges of the Presidency, TEPSA and its Slovenian member institute, Centre of International Relations (CIR) – University of Ljubljana, hosted the Slovenian Pre-Presidency Conference on 17 and 18 June 2021 In this panel, Dr. Natasha Wunsch (Assistant Professor, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po) seeks to answer to what extent have EU tools to promote democracy and rule of law worked to bring change to the EU neighbourhood? Panellists include Dr. Irena Rajchinovska Pandeva (Vice-Dean for Science and International Cooperation, Iustinianus Primus Law Faculty at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University), Dr. Yuriy Yakymenko (President, Razumkov Centre), Dr. Florent Marciacq (Senior Fellow at Centre International de Formation Européenne), and Peter Grk (National Coordinator for the Western Balkans, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia) Natasha Wunsch also contributed to the TEPSA Recommendations to the incoming Slovenian Presidency, on the topic of enlargement and the Western Balkans Read TEPSA's Recommendations to the incoming Slovenian Presidency: https://www.tepsa.eu/pre-presidency-conferences/tepsa-recommendations-to-incoming-council-presidencies/ Watch the video edition of TEPSA's Recommendations to the incoming Slovenian Presidency: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9xwa1cYGZQ #PPCLjubljana #EU2021SI TEPSA Website: https://www.tepsa.eu/ TEPSA Twitter: https://twitter.com/tepsaeu TEPSA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tepsa.eu TEPSA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tepsabrussels TEPSA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tepsaeu/ Music: Stand (Wondershare Filmora X)
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economy Westbalkan: Geschichte in Jugoslawien, Zukunft in der EU?
Westbalkan: Geschichte in Jugoslawien, Zukunft in der EU?
23 Jun 2021
The Vienna Institute...
Online-Diskussion anlässlich des 30. Jahrestages des Zerfalls Jugoslawiens Die meisten Nachfolgestaaten Jugoslawiens, ebenso wie Albanien, befinden sich seit nunmehr 15 Jahren im Wartesaal der EU. Selbst für jene Länder, die den Beitrittsprozess begonnen haben, liegt die EU-Mitgliedschaft noch in weiter Ferne. Angesichts der politischen Dynamik in Teilen Westeuropas darf bezweifelt werden, ob sie jemals Realität wird. Die Enttäuschung über diesen langwierigen Prozess ist in der Region deutlich spürbar. Viele Menschen verlassen weiterhin ihre Heimat, während der politische und wirtschaftliche Einfluss Chinas, Russlands und der Türkei stetig wächst. In diesem Panel diskutieren namhafte ExpertInnen über den aktuellen Stand des EU-Erweiterungsprozesses sowie darüber, wie dieser beschleunigt werden kann. Was können die EU, aber auch die Länder des Westbalkans selbst dafür tun, um ihn voranzutreiben? Welche Rolle spielen dabei Erweiterungs-Befürworter wie Österreich und die regionale Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Westbalkanstaaten? Sollten vielleicht Vorstufen eines EU-Beitrittes in Betracht gezogen werden, um die Zukunft des Westbalkans in der EU zu sichern? Am Panel: Valentin Inzko, Hoher Repräsentant und EU-Sonderbeauftragter für Bosnien und Herzegowina Klaus Wölfer, Botschafter a.D. Hannes Swoboda, wiiw Präsident Adelheid Wölfl, Südosteuropa-Korrespondentin, Der Standard Mario Holzner (Chair), wiiw Geschäftsführer
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homeaffairs What changes do the Western Balkans need to make to join the EU? - Ana Pisonero
What changes do the Western Balkans need to make to join the EU? - Ana Pisonero
21 Jun 2021
Debating Europe
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homeaffairs What would EU membership of the Western Balkans mean for the EU? - Ana Pisonero
What would EU membership of the Western Balkans mean for the EU? - Ana Pisonero
21 Jun 2021
Debating Europe
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homeaffairs Will Russia attempt to “take over” the Western Balkans if they don’t join the EU? - Ana Pisonero
Will Russia attempt to “take over” the Western Balkans if they don’t join the EU? - Ana Pisonero
21 Jun 2021
Debating Europe
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homeaffairs Could EU membership help the peace process in Western Balkans? - Fjoralba Caka
Could EU membership help the peace process in Western Balkans? - Fjoralba Caka
21 Jun 2021
Debating Europe
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homeaffairs What changes do the Western Balkans need to make to join the EU? - Fjoralba Caka
What changes do the Western Balkans need to make to join the EU? - Fjoralba Caka
21 Jun 2021
Debating Europe
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homeaffairs What would EU membership of the Western Balkans mean for the EU? - Fjoralba Caka
What would EU membership of the Western Balkans mean for the EU? - Fjoralba Caka
21 Jun 2021
Debating Europe
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homeaffairs Will Russia attempt to “take over” the Western Balkans if they don’t join the EU? - Fjoralba Caka
Will Russia attempt to “take over” the Western Balkans if they don’t join the EU? - Fjoralba Caka
21 Jun 2021
Debating Europe
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homeaffairs Could EU membership help the peace process in Western Balkans? - Ana Pisonero
Could EU membership help the peace process in Western Balkans? - Ana Pisonero
21 Jun 2021
Debating Europe
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enlargement #GLOBSEC2021: Geopolitical Europe at Crossroads: Western Balkans in the Post-COVID-19 Era
#GLOBSEC2021: Geopolitical Europe at Crossroads: Western Balkans in the Post-COVID-19 Era
16 Jun 2021
GLOBSEC
#GLOBSEC2021 Bratislava Forum: What are the regional and geopolitical consequences of the EU and the Western Balkan countries losing commitment to one another? Watch this session to find the answers to this question, featuring: ◼️ H.E. Gordan Grlić-Radman - Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia ◼️ H.E. Bujar Osmani - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia ◼️ H.E. Anže Logar - Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia ◼️ Miroslav Lajčák - EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues Led by: ◼️ Maithreyi Seetharaman - Founder, Facultas Media, London ➡️ To follow the full event, request now your invitation to participate in our interactive virtual platform: http://bit.ly/glb21rg ➕ Discover all the information about the event: http://bit.ly/glb21 #WesternBalkans
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environment Uticaji zagađenog vazduha na zdravlje: uvod u problem i izazovi na Zapadnom Balkanu
Uticaji zagađenog vazduha na zdravlje: uvod u problem i izazovi na Zapadnom Balkanu
8 Jun 2021
Health and Environme...
Događaj se održao 26. maja 2021. godine, sa istaknutim govornicima Dr Claudio Belis, Zajednički istraživački centar Evropske komisije, Dr sci.med. Michal Krzyzanowski, Škola javnog zdravlja Imperial College u Londonu i Dr sci.med. Branislava Matić, Institut za javno zdravlje Srbije „Dr Milan Jovanović Batut“.
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environment EU GreenWeek 2021 - Session 3.4 Towards clean air in the Western Balkans
EU GreenWeek 2021 - Session 3.4 Towards clean air in the Western Balkans
8 Jun 2021
EU Environment
3.4 Towards clean air in the Western Balkans In collaboration with the European Environment Agency, Joint Research Centre and the Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Air Quality is one of the main health and environmental concerns in the Western Balkans. The process of accession of these countries imposes the approximation with the EU acquis in the area of environment and climate change, among others. This is a major challenge and at the same time an opportunity to improve not only the serious pollution situation in the Western Balkans but also to help the neighbouring EU member states to achieve their objectives in the area of air quality management. In this regard, the ambitious Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans (9 billion Euros) connected to the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans could be a key instrument for the sustainable development of this region. The focus of the session will be on the air pollution from coal combustion and on the policies that are – or could be – planned or implemented to decarbonise the region for better air quality and healthier lives. Speakers: • Vlatka Matkovic, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) • Peter Vajda, Energy Community Secretariat • Claudio Belis, Joint Research Centre, European Commission • Petros Kokkalis, Member of the European Parliament • François Wakenhut, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission • Naser Nuredini, Minister of the Environment and Physical Planning of the Republic of North Macedonia • Holger Schroeder, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission Moderator: • Anya Sitaram, Moderators Europe
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environment Health impacts of air pollution: an introduction to the issue and challenges in the Western Balkans
Health impacts of air pollution: an introduction to the issue and challenges in the Western Balkans
7 Jun 2021
Health and Environme...
The event took place on 26 May 2021, with distinguished speakers Prof. Michal Krzyzanowski, Imperial College London, Dr. Claudio Belis, from Joint Research Center, MD PhD Branislava Matić, Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanović Batut”.
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culture Dečani Monastery, KOSOVO* - The 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe 2021
Dečani Monastery, KOSOVO* - The 7 Most Endangered Heritage Sites in Europe 2021
1 Jun 2021
Europa Nostra
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
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economy Online presentation: Getting Stronger After COVID-19 - Nearshoring Potential in the Western Balkans
Online presentation: Getting Stronger After COVID-19 - Nearshoring Potential in the Western Balkans
20 May 2021
The Vienna Institute...
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown global supply chains into disarray, decimating foreign direct investment and generating uncertainty unlike anything seen since World War II. In our new study, ‘Getting Stronger after COVID-19: Nearshoring Potential in the Western Balkans’, we investigate whether Western Balkan economies can benefit from possible restructuring of international production after the pandemic, and what can be done to benefit fully from these potential changes. The main findings of the study will be presented in this online event by some of its co-authors. The study was prepared in cooperation with the Union of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Albania, the Foreign Trade Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Economy of Montenegro, the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, the Western Balkans six Chamber Investment Forum, the Chamber Partnership Western Balkans, and Germany Trade and Invest. It was financially supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany).
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environment Interview series with the European Green Belt Initiative, part 1: BALKAN REGION
Interview series with the European Green Belt Initiative, part 1: BALKAN REGION
12 May 2021
EuroNatur - Stiftung...
From a distance to close connections: The European Green Belt Interview project 2020/2021 These times make it difficult for us to physically connect. We got stock in a too long, unpleasant pause. The European Green Belt Association decided to enliven this time of disconnection and produced an online interview project with our partners along the European Green Belt. From November 2020 to February 2021, the Centre for the Future and EuroNatur met online with 24 partner organisations from 20 countries along the European Green Belt. Due to the original length of more than 23 hours, the interviews needed to be edited, but we did not interfere with the content of the answers. Thank you to everyone who made this series possible! Visit also our webpage: https://www.europeangreenbelt.org/
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development ENC In-Depth Podcast: The EU accession process in the Western Balkans and the Roma
ENC In-Depth Podcast: The EU accession process in the Western Balkans and the Roma
12 May 2021
European Neighbourho...
The in-depth discussion is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “The EU accession process in the Western Balkans and the Roma”. In his paper, Dr. Christidis analyses the position of the Roma in the Western Balkan countries, EU’s “Roma policy” and sets some questions on the effectiveness of the current EU and national approaches. The debate is part of the ENC in-depth podcast discussions with experts and academics assessing the developments in Western Balkans in the fields of Security, Foreign Policy, Economy, Democracy and Education. Participants: - Dr. Yorgos Christidis, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics in the Balkans at the Department of Balkan, Slavonic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia (Thessaloniki, Greece). He is also a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Security Policy (ELIAMEP)and ENC Academic Council member. Moderation by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia
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politics Foreign affairs ministers discuss Western Balkans and the EU-US relations
Foreign affairs ministers discuss Western Balkans and the EU-US relations
10 May 2021
Council of the EU
EU Foreign affairs ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the EU's unwavering support to our Western Balkans partners, the transatlantic relations -including a discussion with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry- tensions in Jerusalem and the worrying situation in Lebanon.
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politics EU ministers of foreign affairs will discuss transatlantic relations and the Western Balkans
EU ministers of foreign affairs will discuss transatlantic relations and the Western Balkans
7 May 2021
Council of the EU
EU foreign affairs ministers will focus on EU-US relations and how to step up cooperation to bring about a positive change and a stronger engagement in he Western Balkans to shape together a joint future within the EU. They will also discuss global health & preparedness for pandemics ahead of the G20 Global Health Summit and Russia's restrictive measures against EU nationals.
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economy Covid-19 and the Geopolitics of the Balkans
Covid-19 and the Geopolitics of the Balkans
29 Apr 2021
Bruegel
Covid-19 and the Geopolitics of the Balkans
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politics COVID-19: how is the EU supporting the Western Balkans?
COVID-19: how is the EU supporting the Western Balkans?
26 Apr 2021
Council of the EU
The EU has invested more than €3.3 billion to help the Western Balkans beat COVID-19 and recover economically.
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politics Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: The rocky road towards an agreement [Policy Podcast]
Belgrade-Pristina dialogue: The rocky road towards an agreement [Policy Podcast]
21 Apr 2021
European Parliamenta...
Serbia and Kosovo have both declared their intention to join the EU. However, despite some initial successes, such as the Brussels Agreement of 2013, the dialogue facilitated by the EU and initiated in 2011 has stalled. The reasons for the very limited results are multiple, ranging from the internal political situation in both countries, to ambiguous and asymmetrical expectations of the normalisation agreement. Currently, the most sensitive issue, the setting-up of the association/community of Serbian municipalities in Kosovo, agreed in 2013, shows that the challenges are rooted deeply in history and have a much broader regional context. Subscribe to EPRS Policy Podcasts: ​https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/audio-podcasts.html​ See the paper publication behind this podcast: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2021)689371
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culture SOUTHEASTERN BALKANS AND THE LBA AEGEAN-ANATOLIAN NETWORK
SOUTHEASTERN BALKANS AND THE LBA AEGEAN-ANATOLIAN NETWORK
3 Apr 2021
European Association...
Up until today, no general overview of the Late Bronze Age (LBA) in Bulgaria exists. What is more, the ceramic typology and archaeological stratigraphy is less well developed for the LBA when compared to earlier or later stages. Also, the transition between LBA and the Early Iron Age (EIA) remains unclear in Bulgaria and Thrace as many features and pottery shapes continued well into the 1st millennium BC. It is obvious that both, western Anatolia and southeastern Thrace, participated in the LBA East Aegean trade and cultural network. While Aegean affinities have been acknowledged in the past few decades, Balkan-Anatolian interactions remain understudied. Anatolian-inspired pottery shapes were found in a few sites in southeastern Bulgaria: Dragoyna (in the Rhodope Mountains), Drama near Yambol and Vratitsa near Burgas. These finds resemble wares known from Troy VI and VII. Reciprocally, greyware of Balkan origin was found in Troy VIIb1. Both, Thrace and Anatolia (e. g. at Daskyleion and Gordion), saw a revival of this type of pottery during the 1st millennium BC. Metallurgy was crucial for the prosperity of LBA societies – and exploitation of gold, silver and copper mines has recently been recorded from the Balkan. Temporary LBA settlements and sanctuaries appeared in the vicinity of these mines. Ada tepe near Krumovgrad in southeastern Bulgaria is one of the best studied sites of this type. This paper will present two artefact types as case studies to improve our understanding of the metal trade network: the distribution of LBA stone scepters and copper ingots. The southeastern Balkan benefitted increasingly from exchange with other regions in the Eastern Mediterranean from the 15th century BC onwards. Archaeological findings may indeed help improving our understanding of the ethnic and cultural situation in southeastern Thrace and northwestern Anatolia during the Late Bronze Age. Author(s): Vassileva, Maya (New Bulgarian University, Department of Mediterranean and Eastern Studies)
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foreignaffairs China in Europe’s periphery. How China became a power in the Western Balkans
China in Europe’s periphery. How China became a power in the Western Balkans
30 Mar 2021
ECFR
Watch the roundtable on how #China became a power in the #WesternBalkans - a pan-European discussion with officials, NGO and media representatives. Vladimir Shopov, an ECFR Visiting Fellow presents recent research results and main finidngs of his policy brief. Stefan Vladisavljev, Programme Coordinator at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence sheds a light on the Western Balkans perspective on China’s embedding in the region. This project is in cooperation with Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. With subtitles in Bulgarian.
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foreignaffairs China’s Continued Political Embedding in the Western Balkans
China’s Continued Political Embedding in the Western Balkans
30 Mar 2021
ECFR
A Widening and Deepening of Political, Administrative and Legal Cooperation Research results on China’s continued political embedding in the Western Balkans With Vladimir Shopov, Visiting Fellow at ECFR This project is in cooperation with Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
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environment Webinar
Webinar "From the Barents Sea to the Balkans - The BEST for the European Green Belt", 26 March 2021
29 Mar 2021
EuroNatur - Stiftung...
The so-called EU BEST-project (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in EU Overseas Countries and Territories) shall be replicated in an adjusted way to the European Green Belt context. The objective is to enable, empower and strengthen local initiatives and civil society organisations which are committed to local development, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of ecosystem services. This webinar will serve as a starting point to inform about the opportunities of a BEST Belt-project. Together with representatives of the EU Parliament and Commission as well as actors from the European Green Belt Initiative, we will generate and exchange ideas how the related opportunities can be used in the best possible way. More information: https://www.europeangreenbelt.org/activities/webinar-26-march-2021-from-the-barents-sea-to-the-balkans-the-best-for-the-european-green-belt/ PROGRAMME Welcome and introduction Jutta Paulus and Nicolae Ștefănuță, Members of the European Parliament The European Green Belt and why it is important Gabriel Schwaderer, Executive Director of EuroNatur and Chair of the European Green Belt Association The Baltic Green Belt – A regional perspective, challenges and opportunities Jakub Skorupski, Green Federation ‘GAJA’, Poland The Balkan Green Belt – A regional perspective, challenges and opportunities Sofia Galceava, Speleological Association Explorers, Romania Setting the scene in the EU - A BEST-pilot project in Europe Jutta Paulus and Nicolae Ștefănuță The BEST Initiative – Lessons learned, challenges and opportunities Stefan Leiner, Head of Unit Biodiversity, European Commission Carole Martinez, Senior BEST Programme Coordinator, IUCN Discussion and Closing All participants, Jutta Paulus and Nicolae Ștefănuță
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foreignaffairs Security Cooperation with Western Balkans countries
Security Cooperation with Western Balkans countries
12 Mar 2021
ECFR
In recent years, the EU has taken a more ambitious foreign policy stance and declared its intention to become a geopolitical player and learn the language of power. The goal of this high-level event is to discuss ideas and recommendations that ECFR policy fellows Nicu Popescu and Gustav Gressel make in their 2020 policy brief on the security compact, and to extend these ideas to the Western Balkans. Read the policy brief here: https://ecfr.eu/publication/the-best-defence-why-the-eu-should-forge-security-compacts-with-its-eastern-neighbours/ 11h30 – 12h45: Session 2: Security Cooperation with Western Balkans countries Nikola Dimitrov, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, North Macedonia Frédéric Mondoloni, Director for Continental Europe, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Susanne Schütz, Director for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey and EFTA States, German Federal Foreign Office Chaired by Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director, Head of the Sofia office, ECFR Watch session 1 on security Cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries: https://youtu.be/1s5j1Da_MJU
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renewable The Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
The Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine
3 Mar 2021
DG ENERGY
Building bridges with EU neighbours is a top priority for Europe's just transition path. The Initiative for coal regions in transition in the Western Balkans and Ukraine, launched by the Commission in February 2021, will do just that. Web: https://europa.eu/!UW83dB Social media: #CoalRegionsWBUA
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finance YGLN: A reset for Euro-Atlantic security with Biden? A view from Kosovo
YGLN: A reset for Euro-Atlantic security with Biden? A view from Kosovo
25 Feb 2021
European Leadership ...
In the latest episode of the East-West Coffee Shop, Gent Salihu provides a perspective from Kosovo on how the results of the 2021 parliamentary elections in Kosovo will change U.S.-Kosovo relations with the new Biden administration. Gent Salihu is member of the ELN's Younger Generation Leaders Network (YGLN) and a Senior Rule of Law and Governance Advisor.
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