Western Balkans Summit

Polish Presidency of the Berlin Process will host the first ministerial meeting on 11-12 April in Warsaw. Foreign ministers of the Berlin Process countries and officials from the European Commission, the European Foreign Action Service and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office will discuss bilateral issues in the Western Balkan region, the situation of young people, specifically their participation in the labour market. The Western Balkans Summit in Poznan is scheduled to take place on 4 and 5 July 2019.

The Polish Presidency has set four priorities for the Berlin Process:

1) the economy;

2) connectivity (mutual infrastructural links);

3) the civic dimension (the civil society, think tanks, youth and culture);

4) security.

Poland plans to present its cross-sectional experiences in transformation, accession negotiations and absorption of EU funds. The Polish Presidency programme was developed on the basis of broad consultations with representatives of the governments and civil societies of the Western Balkans carried out by the Government’s Plenipotentiary for the Organization of the Summit, Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk.

For more information please visit their website https://berlinprocess.info/.

Western Balkans Summit: London 2018

On 10 July 2018 the UK will host the Western Balkans Summit in London. The summit will bring together the leaders of the Western Balkans countries and like-minded European partners to strengthen security co-operation, increase economic stability and encourage political co-operation.
For more information visit the website here.

Western Balkans Summit in London – Civil Society Messages

On the 4th July, the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” (IDSCS), on behalf of SouthEast Europe Think Net Network will organize the event “Western Balkans Summit in London – Civil Society Messages“.

The event would serve as a venue to promote the SEE Think Net Network and its recent activities, as well as to promote two policy briefs related to the topic of security which will be discussed on the London Summit of the Berlin process.

The first one, produced by CEP Slovenia in cooperation with DCAF Slovenia, will focus on security (terrorism) and will be presented by Ms. Klemenc, IISG Senior Advisor.

The second policy paper that investigates the alignment of the Western Balkans – EU security infrastructure will be presented by Ms. Donika Marku, a researcher at the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies.

– The Network encompasses think tanks, civil society organisations and individuals from the 6 Western Balkan countries plus Croatia and Slovenia. Besides the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” (IDSCS) which will coordinate the Network,the SEE Think Net Network includes the Network of the European Movement in Serbia (NEMinS), Open Society Foundation for Albania and its affiliate, the EU Policy Hub, Adnan Ćerimagić, Politikon Network from Montenegro, Kosovo Centre for Security Studies, the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO) from Croatia and the Centre for European Perspective (CEP) from Slovenia.

Berlin Process London Summit Preparatory Meeting

Between 14-16 May 2018, the Ministry of Interior of Macedonia is organizing a preparatory Security Meeting in Struga, Macedonia. The preparatory meeting will provide an opportunity for the representatives of the Western Balkan countries to prepare for the Fifth Summit within the Berlin Process that will be held on 10th July 2018 in London. They will also address the topic of cooperation in tackling common treats and also exchange information in various areas such as corruption, serious and organized crime, trafficking in human beings illicit drug and firearm trade and other.