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Serbian-Albanian Relations: Presentation of Public Poll Results

30.11.2015 11:00

The Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia and Friedrich Ebert Foundation organises presentation of the Public Poll Results about Serbia and Albania: Relations and Perceptions  which will be held on November 30, 2015, at Media Center (Terazije 3/II) beginning at 11.00 a.m

 

The process of cooperation and mutual understanding and support between Albania and Serbia has a strategic importance for the European integration of the Western Balkans. The main obstacle standing in the way for normal and fruitful relations between Albania and Serbia is the lack of knowing each other, the lack of opportunities for more intensive contact and working together. This applies more to the other sectors than to politics even though politics produces the largest share of confrontational rhetoric. Normalization starts with knowing and accepting each-other. The best examples illustrating that this can happen are exactly from the civil society sector through common projects and this should be extended and widened.

The mirroring public poll on mutual perceptions would facilitate identification of the key issues to be addressed through the serial of joint activities.

Having in mind the incoming Summit of the WB6, to be held in Paris, next year, as continuation of the Berlin Summit 2014 and Vienna Summit 2015, with additional focus on solving bilateral issues in the region, it is expected that with this initiative Serbia and Albania will contribute to the improvement of their bilateral relations and overall political climate in the Western Balkans. 

 

Working languages of the event are Serbian and English.

 

AGENDA 

 

11.00 - 11.10 Opening remarks

  • Jelica Minić, President of the Forum for International Relations of the European Movement Serbia 
  • Heinz Albert Huthmacher, Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Belgrade
  • Albert Rakipi, Executive Director, Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS)

 

11.10 - 11.40 Panel I: Presentation of national survey results about Serbian perceptions on Albania and Albanians and Albanian perceptions on Serbia and Serbs

  • Srđan Bogosavljević, Director, Ipsos Strategic Marketing
  • Albert Rakipi, Executive Director, Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS)

 

11.40 - 11.50 Presentation of project: Centre for Albanian-Serbian relations

  • Jelica Minić, President of the Forum for International Relations of the European Movement Serbia

 

11.50 - 12.30 Panel II: Albania and Serbia towards European future

  • Nataša Vučković, Member of Parliament, National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and Third Vice- Chair Person: Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights
  • H.E. Ilir Boçka, Ambassador of the Republic of Albania to Serbia 
  • H.E. Axel Dittmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Serbia 
  • H.E. Christine Moro, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Serbia 
  • Frank Hantke, Director, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Tirana

 

12.30 - 13.00 Discussion and Conclusions
 

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  •  Belgrade Security Forum

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    National Convention on the European Union

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    OCDoskop

  • Beta press

  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry Serbia

  • EurActiv.rs

  • Slovak Aid

  • Evropa Plus