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Vicinities Chronicles are open to all those who wish to share their perspectives, open up dialogue, and discuss problems – those who wish to live in a better, more stable environment.
We will be publishing six weekly stories, from across the Western Balkans, with the aim to shed light on social, political and cultural realities, testifying to this moment in time.

Aleksandra Tomanic, Belgrade: From regional cooperation to regional solidarity

Regional cooperation needs to include citizens, needs to address citizens and they have to be put into the center.  Aleksandra Tomanic The European Fund for the Balkans turns 15 this year and has lived through all the turbulent times of regional cooperation. Thanks to its founders and funders who stayed

2023-10-31T19:48:44+00:00October 31st, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Andrijana Radović: Podgorica: In honesty and without hiding

A high-quality, functional and sustainable connection of our region can only be achieved if the major players in the Balkans see the necessity of equal treatment of all Andrijana Radović The world is changing before our eyes. If we don't adapt our understanding to it - we’re in trouble. We

2023-10-31T19:45:21+00:00October 31st, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Borjan Jovanovski, Skopje: The Closed Mind of the Open Balkans

An Open Balkan sounds good. But, it is anything but Open. The Balkan still lives surrounded by a mental wall. Borjan Jovanovski The initiative itself for the Open Balkans as autochthonous sounds good. To work on the development of regional cooperation as a need of the countries of the region

2023-10-31T19:35:12+00:00October 31st, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Gazmend Berlajolli, Pristina: “The need for a progressive vision for democracy in the Western Balkans”

This challenging period for democracy in the Western Balkans requires exceptional leadership with a vision that sees progressive solutions.  Gazmend Berlajolli In the dynamic and ever-evolving context of the Western Balkans, the challenges facing our democracies today are truly unique. From the legacy of historical conflicts to the complexities of

2023-10-31T19:28:48+00:00October 31st, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Mladen Bićanić, Banja Luka: Theater festivals – the path towards joint cooperation

Could it be that numerous theater festivals, from Slovenia to Macedonia, and with an ‘international’ prefix are places where this limiting space of freedom can be successfully broken through? Mladen Bićanić When it comes to freedom of expression in the region, the situation is challenging and worsening. According to Reporters

2023-10-31T19:26:07+00:00October 31st, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Zylyftar Bregu, Tirana: The investigation of the former president of Albania, a test for the new justice system

The imposition of security measures against a Member of Parliament have provoked debates in Albania, while Mr. Berisha himself has refused to appear before the prosecution and the special court.  Zylyftar Bregu On Saturday afternoon, October 21, the officers of the National Bureau of Investigation arrested Jamarbër Malltezin, the son-in-law

2023-10-31T19:21:53+00:00October 31st, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Srđan Perić, Podgorica: Terror of ignorance

In order to have any kind of credible debate on the topic of smart specialization, we should actually reach a position of being able to answer whether we need smarts in the first place. Srđan Perić The assumption that a community built on knowledge would be sustainable and prosperous in

2023-10-17T14:48:00+00:00October 17th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Valentina Ivanić, Belgrade: Steps in development and implementation of the Smart Specialization Strategy for WB

How can we be the best we can be, how can our environment support us, how can we be innovative and how can we create partnerships? Finally, how can all of our lives improve as a result? Dr. Valentina Ivanić What would it look like if we were to create

2023-10-18T18:13:45+00:00October 17th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Elsa Llalloshi, Prishtina: The road to growth and economic development

Kosovo is shaping the brightest economic future. While challenges continue, the potential for Kosovo to thrive through smart specialization is undeniable.  Elsa Llalloshi  Kosovo is trying to pave its way towards economic growth and development. In September 2018, Kosovo embarked on a transformative journey by turning to the concept of

2023-10-17T14:43:45+00:00October 17th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Borjan Jovanovski, Skopje: Smart specialisation or – Are you kidding me?

These are simply not topics to be written about or debated; we are not doing anything useful about ensuring a better future for society and the individual.  Borjan Jovanovski In Macedonia, if you ask someone in the most polite way what is happening in the country on the topic of

2023-10-17T14:38:38+00:00October 17th, 2023|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments
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