CSO Forum: Direct Dialogue as a Tool for Regional Stability
Hotel Emerald, Pristina
4th and 5th of February, 2020
Day I: 4th of February
|09:30 – 10:00||Welcoming and Registration of Participants|
|10:00 – 10:20||Opening Remarks|
|Mr. Miodrag Milićević, Executive Director, NGO Aktiv|
|Mr. Jan Braathu, Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo|
|Ms. Pauline Menthonnex Gacaferri, Chargée d’affaires a.i., Embassy of Switzerland|
|10:20 – 11:40||Panel Discussion 1: The prospects of EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina
The EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina came to a standstill just as was supposed to enter its final stages and result in a comprehensive normalisation of relations. Further aggravating the situation, a resumption of talks does not seem to be on the horizon as of yet.
The panel will discuss the current state of the dialogue process between Belgrade and Pristina and explore the parties’ key incentives to renew it, as well as the main impediments to its recommencement.
|Ms. Sonja Licht, President, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence|
|Mr. Naim Rashiti, Executive Director, Balkans Policy Research Group|
|Ms. Jelica Minić, Vice President, European Movement of Serbia|
|Mr. Visar Xhambazi, Policy Researcher, Democracy for Development|
|Moderator: Mr. Alex Roinishvili Grigorev, President, Council for Inclusive Governance (USA)
|11:40 – 12:00||Coffee Break|
|12:00 – 13:20||Panel discussion 2: Economic cooperation as an impetus for dialogue
Despite its significance for the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, the issue of economic cooperation between Serbia and Kosovo has largely fallen by the wayside. Nevertheless, the economies of Serbia and Kosovo remain intertwined due to private business interests and regional economic initiatives.
The panel will address whether or not economic cooperation can enhance and contribute the normalisation process. It will attempt to determine Serbia and Kosovo’s shared economic interests and what the main barriers are in conducting business between them. In addition, it will explore the role that the chambers of commerce can play.
|Mr. Safet Gërxhaliu, Secretary General, WB6 Chamber Investment Forum|
|Mr. Marko Savković, Program Director at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (BFPE)|
|Moderator: Ms. Valerie Hopkins, Journalist|
|13:20 –14:30||Networking Lunch|
|14:30 –15:50||Panel discussion 3: Cultural diplomacy as an untapped channel for dialogue
Cultural communication between Kosovo and Serbia exists, even when it takes place unnoticed by the wider public. Artistic expression and exchanges of ideas can enable communities to get to know each other better and promote mutual understanding. The panel will explore whether film and music festivals can build new bridges between communities in Kosovo, as well as between Kosovo and Serbia.
|Mr. Eroll Bilibani, Head of DokuLab, DokuFest|
|Ms. Milica Đilas, PR Manager, Exit Foundation|
|Mr. Ljubiša Baščarević, Member of the Organizational Team, North City Jazz&Blues Festival|
|Moderator: Ms. Jovana Spremo, Adviser on EU integration related policies at YUCOM|
|15:50 – 16:00||Closing remarks|
Day II: 5th of February
|09:30 – 10:00||Registration of Participants|
|10:00 – 10:10||Opening remarks|
|10:10 – 11:30||Panel Discussion 4: Pathways to reconciliation
The panel will discuss the different approaches to reconciliation between Serbs and Albanians. It will try to assess the achievements and shortfalls of transitional justice, and to explore the other pathways to reconciliation.
|Ms. Nora Ahmetaj, Senior member of the Preparatory Team for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Kosovo|
|Mr. Darko Dimitrijević, Journalist and Chief Editor of the “Radio Goraždevac”|
|Mr. Bekim Blakaj, Executive Director, Humanitarian Law Center in Kosovo|
|Ms. Sonja Biserko, President, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia|
|Moderator: Mr. Kushtrim Koliqi, Human rights activist, theater and film
|11:30 – 12:00||Coffee Break|
|12:00 – 13:20||Panel discussion 5: The role of the media in promoting dialogue
The media play a key role in creating the enabling environment for dialogue and normalization. However, media coverage does not always seem to be conducive to improving the mutual perception of the communities and building confidence between them.
How do media in Kosovo and Serbia portray the dialogue? Does media reporting contribute to amplifying or reduce the social distance between communities?
|Ms. Jeta Xharra, Director, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network|
|Ms. Tatjana Lazarević, Editor of the KoSSev portal|
|Mr. Idro Seferi, Journalist|
|Ms. Jelena L. Petković, Freelance Journalist|
|Moderator: Mr. Agron Bajrami, Editor in Chief Koha Ditore|
|13:20 – 14:30||Networking Lunch|
|14:30 – 15:50||Panel discussion 6: Youth as an emerging actor of the dialogue
The common concern of both Serbia and Kosovo pertains to the worrying trend of youth emigration. Owing to the perpetual political instability and vague economic perspective, a high portion of youth considers leaving the region. On the other hand, young people are at the same time the ones who work together on creating new opportunities for education and employment.
|Mr. Đuro Blanuša, Regional Youth Cooperation Office|
|Mr. Shpend Lila, Training, Events and PR Manager, Innovation Center Kosovo|
|Mr. Stefan Veljković, Executive Director, YEC Synergy|
|Ms. Marigona Shabiu, Executive Director , Youth Initiative for Human Rights Kosovo|
|Moderator: Ms. Ariana Qosaj-Mustafa, Programme Director, KIPRED|
|15:50 – 16:00||Closing remarks|