Vukovar, Cro: Where is reconciliation?

It has been a long time since the end of the war in Croatia, as well as in Vukovar, a town where the war in the Balkans started in 1991 and which was almost completely destroyed in the war. People were banished, many fled, relieved of the plague.
Vukovar has been a multiethnic city until the war, where more than 23 different ethnic groups lived, including the most numerous Croats and Serbs.
The city was economically powerful (Second by Economic Power in the Former Yugoslavia). Then came the economic crisis of the 1980s. Everything began to collapse, people became desperate and desperate for their sake, tried to seek guilty of all this. The tragedy was that they sought to blame people of other ethnic groups, creating hatred, opening Pandora’s Box, and destroying the communion that was built for decades.
And then … everyone lost everything, and hatred remained.
The war ended, people slowly returned to their homes, and the evil spirit continued to fly above people. Years passed, the neighbors no longer talked, closed in their homes, and did not even try to talk about everything that had happened to them.
The houses and the walls were built among the people. True, the walls were invisible, but they were there.
New generations of young people have come, whose parents have been subjected to hatred and distrust of “those”. Kindergartens, schools, bars, all shared “ours” and “theirs”. Everything went in the direction of no return.
However, young people appeared who tried to see a much wider picture, who realized that neither the “others” were much different. If they are the same, they have the same problems, they also have the same things they like, and they have a lot in common.
The walls began to crumble slowly, the first love was created, the bands sought guitarists who could play the guitar and not the nationality, but there were conflicts. This time not because of ethnic differences, but because of the girl …
New Generations in Vukovar have started to face new problems, this time together.
It has become common to all that they are not employed, that it is difficult to find a job and that the prospect has to look somewhere else in Ireland, Germany. That all must start from the beginning. Read more

Coaching in the training design – TSW

Training Course

22-25 May 2018 | Tallinn, Estonia

This is a skills-oriented workshop for trainers with a long-term experience in the youth field, who have been in touch with coaching/mentoring practices and want to explore these approaches further when it comes to designing training activities.
Trainer Skills Workshops (TSW) take place twice a year as part of a strategic long-term cooperation between NAs and SALTO T&C RC coordinating European training offers for trainers. It supports ‘advanced trainers’ to exploring a certain area of trainer’s work and related competences of the ETS Competence Model for Trainers ( Every time TSW has a different thematic focus for certain skills development. Read more

Kick-off Meeting in Ohrid

With the support of the European Commission, the newly created Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA) will be organizing its official kick-off event in Ohrid, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on 15 – 17 March 2018. The event will gather over 300 higher education stakeholders, including students and alumni, Ministry representatives from the Western Balkans, university rectors and student unions, as well as EU officials and business representatives. Read more

European WB: Interview with Nedim Hogić

The portal European Western Balkans conducted an interview with Nedim Hogić, political analyst from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EWB: Usually it can be heard that Bosnia and Herzegovina has to make progress in reforms and become a more functional state in order to achieve opening accession negotiations. How do you see the way in which Bosnia and Herzegovina is becoming a more functional state? Read more

BIH: Platform for Peace

Bishop of Eparchy of Zahumlje, Herzegovina and the Littoral, Grigorije Durić ,signed in Trebinje the Platform for Peace on behalf of the Interreligious Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, i.e. on behalf of all religious communities and churches in BiH, as well as his eparchy, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) said. Read more

Dialogue and Mediation – Uppsala,Sweden

This training provides practitioners, policymakers and researchers with a unique opportunity to explore the use of dialogue and mediation in building and sustaining peace.

The International Training on Dialogue and Mediation will be held in Uppsala on 4-14 June 2018. It builds on 45 years of peace and conflict research and education at Uppsala University, combined with insights from the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation’s ongoing engagement in international policy discussions in the peacebuilding field. Read more

EU Strategy for the Western Balkans

The Commission adopted today a strategy for ‘A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans’.

As President Juncker announced in his 2017 State of the Union address, the Commission adopted today a strategy for ‘A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans’, confirming the European future of the region as a geostrategic investment in a stable, strong and united Europe based on common values. It spells out the priorities and areas of joint reinforced cooperation, addressing the specific challenges the Western Balkans face, in particular the need for fundamental reforms and good neighbourly relations. A credible enlargement perspective requires sustained efforts and irreversible reforms. Progress along the European path is an objective and merit-based process which depends on the concrete results achieved by each individual country. Read more

Natasa Kandic Nominated for Nobel Prize

Two US Congressmen nominated human rights campaigner Natasa Kandic and Serbia’s Humanitarian Law Centre, which documents violations committed during the Yugoslav wars, for the prestigious prize.

US Senator Roger Wicker and Representative Eliot Engel on Wednesday nominated Serbian human rights activist Natasa Kandic and the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre NGO for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more