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    Public discussion in Vienna – “European Integration of the Balkans – New Realities”

    “European Integration of the Balkans – New Realities” was the title of a public discussion at “Marble Hall” of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in Vienna, Austria on the 29th of October. The event was organised by the European Fund for the Balkans, the Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz, Austria, and the ERSTE Foundation in partnership with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe Integration and Foreign Affairs. The discussion was moderated by Wieland Schneider, Deputy Head of the Foreign Desk of the Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse. As Wieland Schneider stressed in his introduction, the European Union and its member countries must deal at the moment with many urgent issues regarding… Read More →

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    Season 3, Episode 8 – ABOUT THE ELDERLY

    The eighth episode of Vicinities Season 3 is dedicated to the elderly — how do they live and why is it that in this region they are the ones who usually take care of the younger generation instead of being taken care of by them? As a rule, they are misunderstood, frequently forgotten, often lonely, and now that they know more than ever before, nobody wants to hear them. Their greatest fear is to be a burden to others. The state of senior citizens was discussed by Lukša Lucianović (Croatia), Milena Zupančič (Slovenia), Nadežda Satarić (Serbia) and Dragi Argirovski (Macedonia). Writer and columnist Balša Brković (Montenegro) gave the opening keynote: “The relationship with the senior population is one of the… Read More →

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    Roundtable on Regional Media Cooperation

    A roundtable on regional media cooperation was held on Wednesday, 8 October 2014, in Mikser House. The event was organized by the Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE), whose current affairs talk show “Vicinities” already aired three seasons, with the support of the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB), the German Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). The keynote speakers at the event were the German Ambassador to Serbia H.E. Heinz Wilhelm, CDRSEE Chairman Dr Erhard Busek, EFB Executive Director Hedvig Morvai, CDRSEE Director and “Vicinities“ Editor-in-Chief Zvezdana Kovač, and RCC Spokesman Nenad Šebek. Addressing the topic of Serbia’s relations with the countries in the region, Ambassador Wilhelm noted that Albanian Prime Minister Edi… Read More →

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The European Fund for the Balkans is a multi-year joint initiative of European foundations designed to undertake and support initiatives aimed at bringing the Western Balkans closer to the European Union through grant-giving and operational programmes and, as such, is focused on individuals and organisations from Western Balkan countries.
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