The Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe convened its annual at the premises of the Center in Thessaloniki on 27 November. Reviewing the successes of the past year the Board of Directors engaged in a productive dialogue on the progress of current projects, as well as on future initiatives of action in the area of Southeast Europe. Fundraising for the continuation of the current flagship projects and for the implementation of new ones was at the centre of the discussions with regard to the CDRSEE’s future steps.
The JHP II’s series of regional launches was concluded in Ljubljana on November 22. The final ‘History of the Future’ event, held at the Museum of Contemporary History, was met with an overwhelmingly successful reception. With a diverse audience consisting of members of the diplomatic corps, international organisations, CSOs, NGOs, journalists, history teachers and students, the two new JHP volumes were presented to a Slovenian audience for the first time in the project’s history.
‘Fake news’ – the fact that this phrase will enter the Oxford English Dictionary in 2017, less than a year after it was first uttered is testament to the power of this phenomenon. Globally, false news and media manipulation in order to bring about social change are on the rise as never before.
On 9-10 November the EU – Western Balkans Media Days, organised by the European Commission, brought together more than 250 representatives of media and policymakers from the Western Balkans and the EU in Tirana, to exchange forward-looking ideas and innovative experiences leading to the sustainability of professional journalism.
With the 5th season of Okruzenje having enjoyed unprecedented publicity and media coverage the 6th Season aims to build on that success. A special episode of Okruzenje will be filmed in Tirana, Albania on the 15th of December. In conjunction with the filming of a special episode, a promotional event will be held for the 6th Season.
Organised by the Navarino Network and the Kaliopi Skoufa Foundation, the event will host academics, civil society representatives and policy-makers from across the region. The CDRSEE, represented by its Development Officer Ms Ruth Sutton, will participate in one of the three grand panels.
"How can Europe help the Balkans 'consume' its history?" is the title of the event that will take place in the House of European History in Brussels on 18 December 2017 in the framework of the CDRSEE's project ePACT. Frans Timmermans and Lamberto Zannier will be the keynote speakers among other prominent attendees. The event is organized in a collaboration with Euroclio and the International Students of History Association.
Focusing on innovative approaches to history education, the CDRSEE together with EuroClio and the Anne Frank House, co-organised a summer school as part of the ePACT project in Llogora, Albania on 18-23 July.
Western Balkans leaders on ’Okruzenje’, July 12, 2017, Trieste: The special episode of ‘Okruzenje/Vicinities’ enjoys unprecedented success and extended media coverage on both a regional and European level.
The 2017 Civil Society Forum, linked to the 4th intergovernmental Summit of Western Balkans and the EU, will host this year’s special edition of ‘Okruzenje’ (‘Vicinities’). On 12 July, in Trieste, Italy, the special episode of the groundbreaking regional talk show will feature the Prime Minister of Albania, Mr Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Mr Zoran Zaev, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Mr Ivica Dacic, and the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Mr Goran Svilanovic.