Tirana Study visit

The IECOB, with its staff and the participation of several professors and researchers of the University of Bologna and the Punto Europa/Europe Direct Network in Forlì, takes part in the three-year Jean Monnet Network “Democratization and Reconciliation in the Western Balkans” project, which started in September 2017.

The aim of the network (composed by the leading team of the University of New York Tirana, together with the teams of the University of Dubrovnik, the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, the European Movement of Serbia and IEC OB) is to gather academic, research and civil society actors in order to reflect upon the challenges and possibilities of reconciliation in the region.

The 6th Study visit of the project took place at the University of New York Tirana from 7-8th December 2019 and brought together the representatives of all partner institutions to program the eventful final year of the project. The participants discussed the most pressing organizational issues concerning the project outputs such as the preparation of the collection of essays based on the presentations at the first two conferences in Tirana and Sarajevo (held in 2017 and 2018 respectively) as well as the publishing prospects of a textbook on democratization and reconciliation intended for university students. Other important topics discussed concerned the exhibitions of students’ photographs organized at each partner venue as well as the publication of a book on Serbian-Albanian friendship distributed broadly in both languages. The title of the publication is “When Serbs and Albanians Loved Each Other”. The Serbian edition was disseminated in Belgrade in 25.000 copies on December 28, 2019.

In mid-January 2020 we will have an Albanian-Serbian edition in Prishtina.

The next most important project event is the Winter School “Democratization and reconciliation strategies in South-East Europe: redefining ineffective policies“ to take place in Dubrovnik from 9-16 February 2020 (for CfA please see: Democratization and reconciliation strategies in South-East Europe: redefining ineffective policies)