CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM TIRANA

Tirana International Hotel (TIH) | Tirana, Albania
26-28 April 2017

AGENDA

WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL 2017

OPPENING RECEPTION & CONFERENCE

Arrival of the participants (Hotel Tirana International)

 

18.15 – 18.30

Arrival of the participants (Venue: Sky Club at Sky Tower)

 

18.30 – 19.00

Welcome speech and welcome drink 

Ardian Hackaj, Cooperation and Development Institute

Hedvig Morvai, European Fund for the Balkans

Felix Henkel, Friedrich Ebert Foundation

Franz Karl Prueller, ERSTE Foundation

 

19.00 – 19.20    

The Berlin Process: low-hanging fruits vs. strategic engagement

HE Ditmir Bushati, Albanian Minister of Foreign Affairs

 

19.20 – 20.00

Reflections on the EU Enlargement in Times of Uncertainty

Impulse by: Florian Bieber, the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group and Director of the Centre for South East European Studies, University of Graz

HE Romana Vlahutin, Head of EU Delegation to Albania

HE Alberto Cutillo, Ambassador of Italy in Albania

Eleonora Poli, Istituto Affari Internazionali

Dafina Peci, Director National Youth Congress & RYCO Board member

Moderator: Hedvig Morvai, European Fund for the Balkans

 

20.00 – 22.00    

Dinner: buffet at Sky Club & open bar

THURSDAY, 27 APRIL 2017

WB6 CSF WORKSHOPS

08.45 – 09.00

Arrival and Registration: Tirana International Hotel / Classic Room

 

09.00 – 09.10

Welcome and explanation of the meeting objectives / topics / logistics

Ardian Hackaj, CDI & Hedvig Morvai, EFB

 

09.10 – 09.40

KEYNOTE ADDRESS “ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE WESTERN BALKANS PROCESS, AND IN THE TRIESTE SUMMIT”
by HE Michele Giacomelli, Special Envoy of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Berlin Process     

 

09.40 – 10.10

Intro impulse – The Berlin Process: Evaluation and Results

Impulse: Zoran Nechev, Senior EFB Fellow, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris, France

Respondent: HE Johann Sattler, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Albania and Jelica Minic, European Movement in Serbia

Moderator: Sonja Licht, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence

 

10.10 – 11.25

TOPIC 1: YOUTH COOPERATION IN WB6 

Intro: Adnan Cerimagic, EFB Policy Fellow (presents topical background paper)

 

PANEL 1

Frank Morawietz, Special Commissioner of the Franco-German Youth Office for South Eastern Europe

Djuro Blanusa, Secretary General of RYCO (Regional Youth Cooperation Office)

Krenare Gashi, Kosovo Network of Youth Centers

Moderator: Aleksandar Simurdic, European Movement Novi Sad

 

11.25 – 11.45

Coffee break

 

11.45 – 13.00    

TOPIC 2: RULE OF LAW AND ANTI-CORRUPTION

Intro: Jovana Marovic, BiEPAG (presenting the topical background paper)

 

PANEL 2

Eduard Shalsi, Minister of State for Local Government and National Anticorruption Coordinator

Aleksandar Krzalovski, Executive Director of Macedonian Center for International Cooperation

HE Dewi van de Weerd, Ambassador of Kingdom of Netherlands to Albania

Vladan Joksimovic, Head of Secretariat of Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative

Moderator: Igor Bandovic, European Fund for the Balkans

 

13.00 – 14.00     Lunch

 

14.00 – 15.30     TOPIC 3: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT AND INNOVATION                          POTENTIAL IN WB6: ROLE OF SMEs

Intro: Samira Nuhanovic, BiEPAG (presenting the topical background paper)

 

PANEL 3

Marko Cadez, Chamber of Commerce of Serbia

Diana Leka, Head of Investment Council Secretariat, Albania

Zarko Malinovic, CISME Group of EXIT Foundation, Serbia

Silvio Pedrazzi, CEO Intesa San Paolo Albania

Alessandro Valera, Director of ASHOKA, Italy

Moderator: Raffaella Coletti, CeSPI, Rome

 

15.30 – 16.15     

TOPIC 4: BILATERAL ISSUES 

Intro: Nikola DimitrovUpdate on the status of the issue of bilateral disputes in the Berlin process and new perspectives

Moderator: Marika Djolai, BiEPAG

 

16.15 – 16.35     

Coffee Break

 

16.35 – 17.30    

DEFINING THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE TRIESTE SUMMIT

Four parallel Working Groups on each topic identify the recommendations for the WB Summit in Trieste.

One Moderator for each WG

Input for each WG

 

17.30 – 18.30    

EACH WG PRESENTS THE DRAFT POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

Discussion

 

18.30 – 19.45

JOINT RECEPTION WITH CSF OF THE WB SUMMIT SERIES AND COUNCIL OF THE EU WORKING PARTY ON THE WB REGION (at “La Pergola” Terrace Bar & Restaurant/Tirana International Hotel)

 

20.00               

DINNER at Green House Restaurant

 

FRIDAY, 28 APRIL 2017

PUBLIC CONFERENCE

08.45 – 09.00

Arrival and Registration: Hotel Tirana International / Classic Room

 

09.00 – 10.30     

KEY POLICY FINDINGS AND RECOMENDATIONS FOR TRIESTE SUMMIT

Presentation of panel discussions, by prof. Florian Bieber, BiEPAG and CSEES

Milva Ekonomi, Albanian Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship

HE Susanne Schütz, Ambassador of Republic of Germany to Albania

Hannes Swoboda, Member of Board of Directors CDRSEE

Peter Grk, National Coordinator for Western Balkans, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia

Karl Giacinti, Western Balkans Regional Cooperation and Programmes, Civil Society and Media (DG NEAR)

Moderator: Ilir Ciko, Board Member of Cooperation and Development Institute, Albania

 

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee Break

 

11.00 – 12.30   

PANEL “BRIDGING THE GAP: CONNECTING WB6 CITIZENS WITH EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT”
Intro impulse: Messages from CSF Skopje by Vedran Dzihic, BiEPAG

Ulrike Lunacek, MEP and EP Vice-President (Greens/EFA, Austria) in charge of Western Balkans”

Tanja Fajon, MEP and Vice-Chair of the S&D Group

Majlinda Bregu, MP, Chair of European Integration Committee in Albanian Parliament

Hedvig Morvai, European Fund for the Balkans

Ardian Hackaj, Cooperation and Development Institute

Moderator: Tobias Flessenkemper, BiEPAG and Centre international de formation européenne, Nice, France

 

 

12:30    

Closure

 

12:40

Buffet Lunch / Departure of participants