Recent research shows that between 25.000 – 40.000 people are annually leaving each of the Western Balkans countries. Not only young people, but increasingly the middle class as well. A group of young scientist from the region has engaged in a project ‘New Horizons for the Young Generations in the Balkans” in order to discuss their visions how to overcome old- fashioned politics and nationalisms and the lack of perspective for younger generations. They will sketch alternative horizons and the look for alternatives for South-Eastern Europe’s way beyond emigration. Den Haag will be the first place in Europe after Vienna where the results of the mentioned initiative will be presented to the public.
Between the 30th of July and the 3rd of August the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Belgrade office, European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity and Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) organised the second seminar of the 2016 Course for Promising Politicians. The seminar ‘enhancing regional partnership and cooperation’ took place in Skopje, Macedonia. FMS trainer Maja Nenadović and Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Nenad Šebek conducted the training.
Between the 26th and 29th of May Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) Belgrade office, European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity and Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) organised the first seminar of the 2016 Course for Promising Politicians. The seminar ‘ich bin ein Social Democrat’ took place in Igalo, Montenegro, and focused on ideology and policies. FMS trainer Michiel Emmelkamp and Novo društvo (Croatia) trainer and SDP international secretary Karolina Leaković conducted the training.
On their route to the Northern countries of the EU, many refugees pass from Turkey into Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary. However, due to Hungary’s restrictive measures across the Hungary-Serbia border, refugees are now forced to take a detour through EU member state Croatia. Even though refugees mostly transit through the country and do not intend to apply for asylum, Croatia has had major trouble dealing with the influx of the refugees. They are seeking entrance into Hungary and Slovenia, both part of the borderless Schengen zone, but are often not admitted. This has left an unprepared Croatia with thousands of refugees, full refugee camps and no clear strategy to deal with this problem. Sunday, after closing 7 borders earlier that week, Croatia closed its final border crossing with Serbia, leading to increased tensions between the two countries.
Last weekend (18-21 June) the second seminar of the Course for Promising Politicians (CPP) was held in Tirana, Albania. The seminar on regional cooperation focused on the interrelationships in the Western Balkan states, and on how cooperation between the countries can enhance regional stability and encourage regional growth. Over the course of three days, 27 young politicians followed several workshops on this topic.
Last weekend (22-24 May) a new edition of the Course for Promising Politicians (CPP) started. The first seminar of this year’s course took place in Budva, Montenegro. The seminar on ideology, ‘Ich bin ein Social Democrat’, focused on the policies and the central messages of social democracy. Over the course of three days, 27 young politicians followed several workshops on this topic.
Yesterday the Croatian government has recalled his ambassador from Serbia for consultation after the war crimes suspect and leader of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS), Vojislav Seselj, burned the Croatian flag at a meeting in Belgrade. Seselj has been in custody from 2003 – when he voluntarily surrendered to the International Criminal Court for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) – until November 2014 when he was provisionally released due to his deteriorating health condition. However, on 30 March 2015 ICTY ordered Seselj’s return to custody because he violated the release conditions by stating that he would not return to the Tribunal for the verdict in his war crimes trial.
Between the 30th of October and the 2nd of November the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) office in Belgrade in cooperation with the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) and the European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, organized the second seminar in 2014 for young and promising politicians and members of social democratic parties from the countries of former Yugoslavia and Albania. The seminar, in which 26 participants participated, took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Van 26 tot 28 September vond op het Kroatische eiland Korcula de jaarlijkse zomerconferentie van het Central Eastern European Gender Network (CEE Gender Network) plaats. De Korcula School ging dit jaar over het thema geweld tegen vrouwen. FMS trainer Janna Besamusca reisde naar Kroatië af om een presentatie te verzorgen en mee te discussiëren.