RYCO in Montenegro Discusses Importance of Regional Initiatives

BELGRADE – Head of the RYCO Local Branch Office in Montenegro Mr Edin Koljenović participated as a panelist in the consultations of the working group on “Initiatives at the Regional Level in Response to Crises and Security Threats” which was hosted online by Konrad Adenauer Foundation Belgrade on Thursday, 9 September 2021.

The meeting was opened by the Head of Office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation Serbia and Montenegro Mr Norbert Beckmann-Dierkes, and Program Director of Regional Security and Cooperation (RESECO) and Political Scientists from the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade Mr Goran Tepšić. 

The working group’s discussions followed with exploring risks and security threats to the region’s existing bilateral problems, the role and impact of the Berlin Process for regional cooperation, structural changes and regional policies as well as the Open Balkans initiative.  

Among the panelists addressing the topics and issues discussed in the working group were Director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy Ms Gordana Delić, Professor from the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo Mr Sead Turčalo, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs in National Assembly of Serbia Mr Predrag Rajić, Program Coordinator at the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence Mr Marko Savković, and Professor at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje Mr Zoran Ilievski. 

The working group’s discussions managed to scrutinize common issues and problems that can be solved through open consultations on pressing topics and recommendations for regional cooperation and development, underlining that there’s a need for better synergy between academia, civil society, and relevant political actors from the Western Balkans to address these topics.

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