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.
Aug. 27, 2015, Vienna -- With the spotlight set firmly on the future, Prime Ministers Edi Rama of Albania and Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia came together for the first time ever in a TV studio as guests of the CDRSEE's current affairs talk show "Okruzenje" ("Vicinities"), discussing prospects for the region's youth, regional cooperation and the Balkans' place in Europe.
Aug. 26, 2015, Vienna -- Civil society leaders came together in Vienna for an important Civil Society Forum, ahead of the Western Balkans Summit Vienna 2015, to organize and prepare for their chance to voice their concerns and ask for support from the heads of state attending the major international event this week.
For the first time ever, the Prime Ministers of Albania and Serbia, Mr. Edi Rama and Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, will come together in one TV studio, for a special edition of the CDRSEE's current affairs talk show "Okruzenje", which is a joint initiative of the European Fund for the Balkans and the CDRSEE and will be filmed during the Vienna Western Balkans Summit and broadcast on TV channels across the Balkans. This episode was made possible by the unlimited support of the ERSTE Foundation and the Regional Cooperation Council.
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.