July 27, Vienna – The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe will play multiple key roles in the Vienna Western Balkans Summit, known as the Vienna WB6 Summit, to be held on Aug. 25 to 27, 2015, to discuss ways to bring the EU Enlargement process to the forefront once again.
CDRSEE Executive Director Zvezdana Kovac is one of only three representatives of Civil Society Organisations taking part in the Summit, which will be attended by the heads of state of the countries of the Western Balkans, Germany, host-country Austria, and others, as well as by many high-ranking diplomats and Civil Society representatives.
The Summit will be preceded by the initial Civil Society portion of the Vienna WB6 Summit, which brings together leaders from many CSOs from across Southeast European countries to find and articulate ways that Civil Society must take part in the region's integration into the EU. The Civil Society event will result in proposals for the full Summit.
This is the most important event of the year in regards to the Western Balkans and its aspirations for accession in the European Union. The first summit took place in 2014 in Berlin, and the Austrian government has organized the follow-up 2015 event. This year the event is even more dynamic, as Civil Society organizations play a bigger part in the summit and the plans, giving a closer connection to the citizens.
The Summit will wrap up with a special edition of the CDRSEE's current affairs talk show, "Okruzenje" ("Vicinities"). Prime Minister Edi Rama of Albania and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia, joined by Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Goran Svilanović, will discuss the "Union of Youth of the Western Balkans Initiative" that the two heads of state are spearheading to increase cooperation and raise quality of life in the region.