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.
Western Balkans Fund (WBF) is pleased to announce the First Call for regional Project Proposals. Following the WBF objectives and scope of work, the call aims to promote cooperation and strengthening the relations between Contracting Parties by sharing common values between citizens, civil society and non-profit organizations in the region, and improving the people-to-people contacts
Qualitative researches have been conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Turkey under the project “Divided Past – Joint Future“. Subject of research involved attitudes
and opinions of citizens, representatives of public, private and civil sector on peace building and the process of reconciliation as well as the role of civil sector in those processes in the mentioned countries.
Radicalisation leading to violence among young people has become a growing issue of concern in Europe and its neighbouring regions, including the Western Balkans. There is a notable increase in hate speech in the social media, incidence of hate crimes and attacks on migrants, refugees and others that are, or seem in some way different, propaganda and violent xenophobia, as well as a rise in religious and political extremism and in terrorist attacks.
Third regional EUROCLIO summer school ”Going beyong pride and pain? – History that connects the Balkans” is held in Albania, 18 – 23. July, in a natural ambient of the national park Llogara, near Valona. The summer school was organized by EUROCLIO (in cooperation with ALBNA, Association of Historians in Albania), with support of CDRSEE and Anne Frank Museum. Eighty participants from the entire region and Europe, including Divided Past – Joint Future team, attended the various presentations and had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge through workshops, discussions, visits and lecturing.