Day I: 4th of February

Panel Discussion 1The 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.

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.

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.

Day II: 5th of February

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.

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?

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.