The Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (EMinS) and the Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS) launched the project Joint Centre for Albania-Serbia Relations. The activities of the Centre in 2016 and 2017 were supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tirana, and the activities of the Centre in 2018, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tirana.

The cooperation between Serbia and Albania has a strategic importance for the European integration of the Western Balkans. The bilateral initiatives, which are of great importance for regional cooperation, have so far been in the shadow. Main obstacles to the establishment of normal and fruitful relations between Albania and Serbia include the lack of knowledge about each other and the lack of opportunity for contact and mutual cooperation. Bearing all this in mind, the Albanian Institute for International Studies initiated the establishment of a joint centre that would encourage interaction between experts, journalists, researchers, artists and decision-makers of the two countries.

This project will offer a new approach for the improvement of Serbian-Albanian relations inspired by the civil society, and provide new opportunities for mutual contact and cooperation, as well as for the improvement of the knowledge of citizens from these two countries about each other. Furthermore, the project will help young people to fight against mutual prejudice, open the space for cooperation between the media, foster the creation of new media coverage that will bring the citizens closer to the everyday life in these two countries, and engage decision makers at different levels to contribute to better cooperation between Serbia and Albania through active policies.

Project goals are:

  • Creation of bilateral mechanisms and safe spaces for improvement of relations between Albania and Serbia through various opportunities for discussion, cooperation, social interaction, and working towards common goals;
  • Empowerment of actors including youth, civil society representatives, business community, cultural workers and media, to contribute to the improvement of relations between the two countries in the various spheres;
  • Feeding and maintenance of informed and constructive public debate in regard to bilateral relations between Albania and Serbia as well as regional cooperation.

Activities of the Centre

in 2019:

  • European Youth Academy in Tirana
  • Tirana Forum

in 2018:

  • European Academy for Journalists in Tirana
  • Cultural event in the Hague
  • Open Forum in the Hague

in 2017:

  • European Youth Academy in Tirana
  • Cultural event in Belgrade
  • Exchange of young researchers
  • Tirana Forum

in 2016:

  • Durres Forum
  • European Youth Academy in Tirana
  • Research fellowships for young researchers
  • Journalist exchange

Target group of the project: youth, media representatives, representatives from the civil society, cultural and business community, as well as political actors and decision-makers.

Project duration: 

September 2019 – January 2020

September 2018 – January 2019

January – December 2017

February – December 2016

Activities:

2018

2017

2016

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