CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

CDRSEE at the Civil Society Forum, Skopje 7-9 October 2018

CDRSEE's Executive Director Ms Zvezdana Kovac will moderate the Agora Discussion "Bridges or Wall: Macedonia and the Western Balkans in Europe" that will take place between Mr. Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of the FYR of Macedonia and Mr. Ioannis Armakolas, University of Macedonia, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, as part of the Civil Society Forum, Skopje 2018. This year's CSF is focused on the topic: 'Civil Society Engagement in the Berlin Process Revisited". 

ePACT Seminars in Banja Luka, 10-11 October 2018

The series of 'Teaching for Learning' Seminars designed and organised within the framework of our educational project ePACT will be completed on 10-11 October in Banja Luka. 25 teachers from across Republika Srpska will participate in an intensive, multi-perspective and results-oriented seminar with a view to improve their competences.

RETHINK partners meet in the Hague

Hosted by Euroclio, the 2nd RETHINK Consortium Meeting and Pedagogical Experts Meeting took place in the Hague, Netherlands from 15 to 16 September 2018. Following the successful conclusion of the project’s first phase that included the identification and collection of good practices in remembrance education, as well as the creation of an online database where institutions and educators from across Europe can access these innovative practices, Consortium partners came together to review the results of the first work package and design the array of activities of the project’s next phase.

Skopje hosts ePACT workshops

The 10th and 11th series of ‘Teaching for Learning’ seminars, organised within the framework of ePACT (Education, Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building  and Transformation) were successfully completed in Skopje.

The first pilot seminar that gathered school directors, curriculum developers and members of educational institutions from across the country took place on 10-11 September and the second one designed for primary and secondary education teachers from various disciplines took place on 13-14 September 2018.

Stable interethnic relations remain the anchor of regional reconciliation

It’s been almost 30 years since the wars of the 90ies in former Yugoslavia, but reconciliation between the Balkan peoples still hasn’t taken place. The ‘peace’ is simply an end of outright conflict and a division of lands and systems, rather than a resolution of the problems that caused it in the first place.  The weight of history and the prejudices that the views of history creates, as well as, mistrust among nations and ethnic groups remain intact. How is it that the interethnic relations were a good example of coexistence a century ago, but have caused so many rifts in modern history?

Examining aspirations and perceptions across the Western Balkans: CDRSEE at the 2018 Balkan Barometer launch

On 6 July 2018, on the occasion of the launch of the 4th edition of the Balkan Barometer in Brussels, the CDRSEE joined representatives of the European Union (EU), governments, civil society, academia and regional media in a comprehensive discussion over the main findings of a survey, based on the latest examination of attitudes, experiences, aspirations, perceptions and expectations across the six economies of the SEE 2020 process.

CDRSEE at the 98th Rose-Roth Seminar of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

From 27 to 29 June 2018 members of parliaments from NATO member and partner countries along with government officials, representatives from NATO and other international organisations, as well as experts from universities, think tanks and NGOs, gathered in Skopje to exchange views and conduct a constructive dialogue on matters of regional interest, within the framework of the 98th Rose-Roth Seminar of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Joint history initiatives join forces

CDRSEE’s lauded Southeast European Joint History Project will tie in with the landmark Franco-German History Textbook project to promote the reconciliatory and unifying force of education on pan-European level.

Together with the Consulates of France and Germany in Thessaloniki and the Goethe Institute, CDRSEE aims to organize a workshop for historians, education experts, journalists and governmental officials on democratic education as a driver for change in peoples’ viewpoints and a means for fostering dialogue and inclusiveness in European societies.