14 May 2012: European Union Enlargement Process

CDRSEE board member Dušan Reljić has co-authored a research paper on the hiatus in the European Union Enlargement Process. Together with the co-authors, Andrea Despot and Günter Seufert, he argues that in the wake of Croatia's EU accession in mid-2013, it is probable that the Union's enlargement process towards Turkey and the Western Balkans will initially grind to a halt, possibly for a decade or more. How can the EU nonetheless safeguard its position as the driving force behind conflict transformation in the Western Balkan states, and how can it prevent European influence in Turkey, an increasingly important player on the international stage, from dwindling? It should ensure candidates' integration within as many EU policy areas as possible prior to accession, so that the stabilising and democratising effects of the EU's enlargement policy remain intact. For the full text of the analysis, please click here: The paper is also available in Turkish and Bosnian / Croatian / Montenegrin / Serbian language.

6 May 2012: International Expectations Following Elections in Serbia


CDRSEE Board member Dusan Reljic participated in a panel at the Media Centre in Belgrade on election night May 6th to discuss the expectations of the international community regarding Serbia’s future EU membership and the difficult economic and political changes it will need to pursue.

The discussions were moderated by CDRSEE Executive Director Nenad Sebek.



4-6 May 2012: Second meeting of the initiative "Dynamic teaching: knowledge and tools", Kotor.


A regional team gathered in Kotor to discuss the evaluation of the draft Methodology Manual. The manual is drafted by an international team of education experts from the Western Balkans, Cyprus, Germany and the US. It is led by Professor Lorin Anderson who is well known for his revision of Bloom's Taxonomy. The idea for initiating a regional knowledge pool for dynamic teaching is based on the regional work with teachers within the framework of the Joint History Project.

New methods and regional networking opportunities will now be available to all teachers and will not be subject specific, but will focus on methodological thoughts relevant to the process of education. The committee will establish six focus groups of evaluators by the end of August. These evaluators will be the end users of the manual who will assess the suitability of the manual to their needs. Committee members from each country will then present the evaluation results from their country.

A final workshop, in which the Committee will meet to present the results of the evaluations and find solutions on how to incorporate the findings into the final manual, will be held in September 2012.


4 May 2012: "OKRUZENJE" (Vicinities): Final Broadcast and New Prospects

The CDRSEE together with the European Fund for the Balkans is pleased to announce that the final episode of the current affairs TV programme “OKRUZENJE” (Vicinities) has been aired on major national and local TV stations throughout the region. Not only was the programme an immense success-going beyond expectations-but it also created new future prospects: a publication in Serbian and English, a potential new follow-up series to be broadcast, and much more to come.


27-29 April 2012: "Shaping the future of the SEE Countries", European Forum Alpbach Network South Eastern European Regional Conference, Prizren


The CDRSEE was invited to take part in a European Forum Alpbach Network South Eastern European Regional Conference organized by the Initiative Group Alpbach Kosovo for the promotion of European values and an exchange of experiences.

The goals of the conference included an assessment of civil society and other actors influencing the future of the region and suggestions for shaping trends; assessment of the EU integration process and the position of the region; elaboration of the development of civil society (role and cooperation with state actors in the integration process); increasing cooperation and sharing experiences. Panellists included Dr Franz Fischler (President of the European Forum Alpbach), Mr Petrit SELIMI (Deputy Foreign Minister of Kosovo), Mr. Khaldoun Sinno, the Head of Political, Economic and EU Integration Section at the EU Office in Kosovo and Ms Besa LUZHA from Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Prishtina Office.

The conference was supported by the European Forum Alpbach, Vienna, Austria and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo.


18-29 April 2012 - "Supporting Excellence and Leadership in Governance", Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans, Potsdam

CDRSEE Executive Director Nenad Sebek was invited to moderate a session on administrative reform in the Western Balkans together with Ms Petra Blass Rafajlovski, Former President of the German Bundestag Senior Consultant, within the framework of the Introductory Seminar which gathered fellows and provided insight into the current social and political - global, European and Balkan challenges and opportunities through lectures and meetings with senior decision makers and prominent academics. 

The Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans organised by the European Fund for the Balkans EFB is a programme dedicated to the development of effective and efficient state administrations in the region by offering a tailor-made fellowship and training programme for highly qualified young professionals from the central government (including entity and cantonal level government in Bosnia Herzegovina and regional level government of Vojvodina in Serbia) of the countries of the Western Balkans. 


10 April 2012: "OKRUZENJE" (Vicinities): Reverberations in the Media

Following the launch of the new current affairs TV programme "OKRUZENJE" (Vicinities) on 30 March 2012 and in light of the success of its first debate broadcast on 2 April 2012, Studio B TV (Serbia), Westdeutsche Rundfunk (Germany), and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso (OBC), an online news provider and research centre devoted to social and political change in South-East Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus, highlighted the importance of the programme in initiating debate on issues that are common to peoples of the region—a new approach to reconciliation. 

The authors of the programme emphasize their intention to avoid encouraging the Yugo-nostalgic attitude. Please click here for the Westdeutsche Rundfunk interview and click here for the OBC interview of Nenad Sebek, Executive Director of the CDRSEE.

2 April 2012: Broadcasting of Current Affairs TV Programme OKRUZENJE (Vicinities) Begins

Following the highly successful press conference held for the five-series TV programme on 30 March 2012, major national and local TV stations throughout the region (Studio B, TV Vranje and TV FORUM in Serbia, BHRT and RTRS in Bosnia and Herzegovina, TV Vijesti in Montenegro, TV Kapital network in Croatia and Alsat-M TV in the FY Republic of Macedonia) will start broadcasting, on a weekly basis, the debates on the topics of "Stereotypes", " How to survive: the Economic Crisis", "Media", "The Great powers and Us", and "To be Young and to Live in the Balkans". 

The first debate will be broadcast on 2 April 2012 on the topic of “Stereotypes” and special guests will include Literary Critic Bozena Jelušic from Budva, Historian Dubravka Stojanovic from Belgrade, Cultural Anthropologist Sandi Blagonic from Zagreb, and Political Scientist Šaćir Filandra from Sarajevo.