It is not by accident that the second Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process (this year held in Vienna) highlighted the importance of Civil Society. With the exception of Slovenia and Croatia, which are both EU members, all other countries are queuing up in EU’s courtyard. Democratic processes, unemployment, regional cooperation, freedom of speech and media freedom are only a few of umpteen areas that have to be improved and brought to the level that can guarantee genuine peace and the coveted EU membership.
We all know, from experiences with loved ones and with friends, that if memory is lost, personhood is tragically impaired. It is even worse with peoples: without a shared memory they cannot recognise themselves, let alone be recognised, as a distinctive people. Read more from CDRSEE Board Member and Rapporteur of the JHP, Mr. Costa Carras, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.
Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, Skopje --The Joint History Project's Source Committee made serious progress on the new JHP workbooks, compiling final drafts and reviewing the source material that has been collected, to ensure balance in perspectives, topics, and types of sources, so that the books are interesting and enlightening for students as well as teachers.
22-24 October 2015, Thessaloniki -- The CDRSEE shared its experience and expertise in the field of divided and polarised societies with this year's NECE Conference, with Prof. Christina Koulouri, Chair of the CDRSEE's History Education Committee, delivering a keynote speech and Corinna Noack-Aetopulos, Director of Programmes, taking part in a panel discussion session on “Where now for Europe” and a workshop on “Othering and Identity”.
October 18-19, 2015, Thessaloniki -- Ms. Zvezdana Kovac, the Executive Director of the CDRSEE, took part in a Columbia University workshop, in which prominent historians, sociologists and professors pointed out the need for civil society to collaborate and take part in creating conditions for constructive political dialogue between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at odds over the name of the latter.
When war tore through neighbouring Yugoslavia, a group of diplomats, historians and businessmen in Greece and abroad vowed they would do everything in their power to make sure such tragedy would not happen again. This is not an easy task, as they knew, but the CDRSEE and its founding fathers have never veered from their mission to start at the grassroots level and promote reconciliation and genuine democracy - lived and nurtured by civil society, as a path to peace.
The first two episodes of the pan-European current affairs TV show â€œVicinities Europeâ€ are now a reality. After 9 months of continuous efforts by the CDRSEE team, hosts Susan Nadeau and Tim Judah gathered in the studio with guests from across Europe for very lively and sometimes intense discussion about the migrant and refugee crisis, and on current events and the future of Europe.
Albanian History Teachers Association-ALBNA, Tirana, Albania
Citizen's Association Pravo Ljudski, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina- Pravo Ljudski Udruzenje Gradjana
Since 1998, the Joint History Project, the flagship programme of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe, has focused unwaveringly on promoting reconciliation in the Western Balkans and beyond, through history education that presents multiple perspectives and encourages critical thinking. The second phase of this programme, known as JHP II, builds on the successes of the first, by bringing to the spotlight the recent history of the Western Balkans.
Sept. 11, Krynica Zdroj, Poland -- CDRSEE board and staff members contributed to the annual Economic Forum in Krynica Zdroj, which attracted 3,500 participants this year from all over the world from Sept. 8 to 10, 2015.