Charles Bridge in Prague. Photo: flickr/3dom
Charles Bridge in Prague. Photo: flickr/3dom

ESI network of Europeanisers
The Communicating Europe project (2007 - 2009)

The Communicating Europe conference series aimed to assist senior policy makers from the Balkans in making a better case for continued enlargement. The conferences brought together three senior policy-makers, MPs and media editors from each of the states of the Western Balkans for a day and half of off-the-record discussions on the state of debate on future enlargement in the EU member states. Each seminar consisted of presentations of ESI's research findings, combined with expert speakers from the countries (e.g. editors, most influential public intellectuals, TV producers, interest groups, MPs, MEPs, polling institutions). Seminars were held in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Prague, Warsaw, Stockholm, and Amsterdam.

ESI prepared the seminars and compiled detailed manuals focusing on the key "connectors" in each EU Member State; the people in Government, Parliament, media, think-tanks, academia, business and interest groups who shape the debate on EU enlargement. These manuals are also available from this website.

The conference series has been funded by the Reuniting Europe strand of the Strategic Programme Fund of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The events were invitation-only – nominations were made by British Embassies in South-eastern Europe. ESI was responsible for the agenda and the entire project management.

Vienna

Vienna

 Austrian manual

  Berlin

Berlin

 German manual

  Paris

Paris

 French manual

  Rome

Rome

 Italian manual

                     
Prague

Prague

 Czech manual

  Warsaw

Warsaw

 Polish manual

  Stockholm

Stockholm

 Swedish manual

  Amsterdam

Amsterdam

 Dutch manual

Participants came from Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Albania, and Croatia. Please see the list below:

Seminar participants at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin (2008). Photo: ESI
Seminar participants at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin (2008). Photo: ESI

 

BELGRADE

Milica Delević is Director of Serbia's Office for European Integration. She also lectures at Belgrade University. She was previously the Assistant Foreign Minister, in charge of European Integration. After the political changes after the fall of Milosević in October 2000, she became Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy in Belgrade. She had previously worked for an alternative education network. In 1996, she worked for the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. She also was a teaching assistant in International Relations at Belgrade Law School. While a student Milica Delević worked at Radio B92 for several years after its launch in 1989. She studied at the University of Kent in Canterbury in 1999 and undertook European Studies at the Central European University in Prague in 1994. She began her studies in economics at the University of Belgrade in 1988. (Paris).

Dušan Gajić is the Chief Editor of SEETV, South East Europe TV Exchanges, a TV agency based in Brussels, providing news footage and feature stories to more than 20 TV channels in South Eastern Europe. He is also EU Affairs Correspondent for Mreza Production Group (PG) - he was one of the founding members of Mreza. Dušan Gajić was Editor-in-chief of EUROLINK, a weekly TV magazine focused on European integration, produced by Mreza and broadcast on 3 TV stations; RTS, Studio B and TV B92, from 2001 to 2002. He was the producer for Mreza of a bi-weekly TV news magazine on political, social and economic issues in Serbia and Montenegro. He began his career in "Studio B" Belgrade – he first worked there from 1992-1994 and from 1996-1997 when he was again forced to leave Studio B for political reasons, after the dismissal of the Director, the Editor in Chief and the Editorial Board.

Srdjan Gligorijević is the Senior Political Officer (EU Affairs) at the British Embassy in Belgrade. Until April 2009, he was the Director of Analysis at the ISAC Fund (International and Security Affairs Centre), a prominent Belgrade based think-tank. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College-Rome (2008) and at the European Union Institute for Security Studies-Paris (2006). Srdjan Gligorijević worked previously as Head of Research at the Defence and Security Studies Centre, at ESPI Institute, where a number of his articles were published in regional and international journals and publications. His special interests are in CFSP/ESDP, NATO, international politics, diplomacy, intercultural issues and history, especially related to the Balkans.

Jovan Jovanović has been Programme Officer at the Balkan Trust for Democracy in Belgrade since January 2007. For almost three years he was a foreign policy advisor to two consecutive Serbian Deputy Prime Ministers in charge of European Integration. His professional experiences also include top managerial positions at twin Internet oriented organizations; FreeSerbia/FS-systems d.o.o. He was previously a research assistant at the Institute for European Studies in Belgrade. After the fall of the Milosevic regime, Jovan Jovanović also actively participated in re-establishing the Fulbright Alumni Association of Serbia and Montenegro and served as a member of its Managing Board for two consecutive terms – as well as President of the Supervisory Board. He received his M.A. in International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in 2000 through the Ron Brown Fellowship for young leaders from Central and South Eastern Europe. While in the United States, he completed an internship at the Congressional Research Service's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Division in Washington, DC. Jovan Jovanović received his B.A. in International Affairs at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade in 1995.

Srđan Majstorović is Deputy Director of the Office for European Integration of the Government of the Republic of Serbia since 2005. Prior to this nomination, he worked in the Department for European Integration of the Ministry of International Economic Relations of the Republic of Serbia 2003-2005 as well as in the Department for European Integration and Multilateral Regional Cooperation of the Federal Ministry of International Economic Relations of the former FRY 2001-2003. Srđan Majstorović graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences, in 2000. During 2002 he completed an internship with the European Parliament. He received the degree of a Master of Arts from the University of Graz, Karl-Franzens Faculty of Law, Department of European Integration and Regionalism. Srđan Majstorović was a member of the negotiating team of the Government of Serbia and he participated in the negotiations on the conclusion of Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the Republic of Serbia and the EU. He is author of numerous articles, and also an educational TV show, dealing with European integration issues.

Vladimir Milić is Deputy Director and Senior TV Editor at the independent Mreza Production group in Belgrade. He is the editor and anchor of the weekly magazine "TV Mreza", broadcasted by the Serbian public TV service, RTS. He is the author of many TV features on domestic political and social issues. He has won awards for his work in domestic and international TV festivals. Before joining Mreza, when it was founded in 1997, he was Editor of documentary programmes at NTV Studio B from March to October that year. He was editor of "No Comment" on BKTV from 1994 to 1996. He was editor and anchor of news bulletins and author of documentary programs at NTV Studio B between 1992 and 1993. He studied sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade from 1984 to 1990.

Tanja Misčević has been Director of the European Integration Office in Belgrade. Since 2001, Tanja Misčević has been the Director of the Department of European Studies of the G17 Institute in Belgrade. She initiated and organised the first programmes for training of civil servants on the functioning of the EU - the ABC of the European Union. Tanja Misčević has also lectured widely; as a Visiting Professor at the University of Bonn, at the Centre for European Integrations, at the Diplomatic Academy of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and at the Faculty of Economics of the Montenegrin University in Podgorica. She also teaches EU Accession Policy at the Postgraduate Studies Centre at the Faculty of Political Sciences (FPS) in Belgrade, where she was also awarded her Ph.D. (Berlin, Paris).

Hedvig Morvai-Horvat is Director of the European Fund for the Balkans. It is an initiative of a number of European Foundations including the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the King Baudouin Foundation, the Compagnia di San Paolo and the ERSTE Foundation. The Fund is designed to help European foundations to become more actively involved in South East Europe and to prepare the countries of the region for their future in the EU. Prior to this, she was director of the Citizens' Pact for South Eastern Europe, a regional initiative focused on cross border and regional cooperation of local communities and NGOs in SEE. She began her civil activism in 1997, as a founder and vice president of the Hungarian Student Association of Vojvodina, later coordinating the Carpathian Information Exchange Network – AGORA and being engaged in the EXIT festival team. In 2006 she was awarded the Winning Freedom Award by the Belgrade-based Maja Marsicevic – Tasic Foundation.

Milan Pajević is one of the founders of the ISAC Fund (International and Security Affairs Centre). He served as CEO of the G17 Institute (ESPI Institute) in 2004 and 2005. He was the chief foreign policy adviser to the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister from 2004 to 2005.  Since the formation of the G17 Plus party in 2002, Milan Pajević has chaired the International Affairs Committee of G17 Plus and was G17's Vice President for International Relations. He was one of the founders of the G17 Plus expert network (NGO) in 1999 and its foreign policy adviser. Milan Pajević held the post of Ambassador at the MFA, served as a Foreign Policy Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister of FRY and the National Coordinator of the Stability Pact in the first democratic government after the fall of Milosević. In the 1990s, he was the Vice President of the European Movement in Serbia in charge of international cooperation (from 1994 to 2000) and he worked in the publishing house Vreme knjige, later renamed into Stubovi kulture. Milan Pajević lived and worked in the private sector abroad from 1991 to 1993. Milan Pajević holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations awarded by the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade.

Jovan Ratković has been the foreign policy advisor to the President of Serbia, Boris Tadić, since 2004. He is responsible for European Union and NATO affairs as well as Serbia's bilateral relations with the countries of Europe. After the overthrow of Slobodan Milosević, Jovan Ratković entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From March 2002 to July 2004 he was Serbia and Montenegro's (SAM) national co-ordinator of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe. From June 2002 to June 2003, he was the Regional Chairman of Working Table 1 (Democratization and Human Rights). Jovan Ratković was a founder of the anti-Milosević, group "Otpor," becoming one of its best-known members because of his role as Media Spokesman, and later as International Relations Co-ordinator. (Vienna).

Nebojsa Milenković has been Head of Public Relations Unit for the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister since 2007. Before joining Bo˛idar Đelić's team, Nebojsa Milenković worked for five years for the European Movement as a Public Relations Manager and National Coordinator for the project "Europe at School in Serbia." He has had a varied career as a TV producer; 2001-2002, he was editor in chief of the TV show "Kamikaze" shown on YU Info Channel. He was briefly editor in chief of two other TV shows, "Seme," broadcast on TV BK, and "Brandomania," broadcast on TV Politika. Nebojsa Milenković began his TV career at Serbian Public TV, between 1995 and 1998. He graduated from the International Relations Department of Belgrade University in 2004. He has also been studying public relations and multi-media at the University since 2004. (Rome).

Vladimir Todorić, now the head of the Belgrade Law Forum, is the former Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Bozidar Djelić, for legal issues of European Integration. He is also an editor of the Serbian Law Review and regularly publishes articles in magazines and newspapers. He was the co-ordinator of the National Strategy for the EU Accession in 2005; He is also an Assistant Professor at FEFA faculty in Belgrade and is a researcher at the Institute for European Studies. He graduated at the University of Liverpool with a degree in European Union Law (Berlin).

Ksenija Milivojević is advisor on European affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister of Serbia. She is responsible for EU affairs, the European integration of Serbia and the Western Balkans, foreign policy and international relations. Ksenija Milivojević was an MP from 2004-2006; she chaired the standing parliamentary committee on European integration, which is in charge of reviewing laws with respect to their compatibility with the acquis communautaire. She served as the Secretary General of the European Movement in Serbia, an NGO dedicated to the acceleration of the European integration process from 2006-2007. From 1998-2002 she worked in the Embassy of Israel in Belgrade as a political advisor to the ambassador. Ksenija Milivojević has a degree in law and has specialised in European studies and international relations. She is currently studying at a graduate course in international relations and foreign policy at the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade. She has published several articles and essays, mainly on the European integration policy.

 

PODGORICA

Vanja Ćalović is Executive Director of the Montenegrin NGO "MANS – Network for the Affirmation of the NGO Sector." MANS is well known for its anti corruption work – for which it is linked with Transparency International. MANS specialises in investigating corruption and conflicts of interest in privatisation, urban planning and development. According to a public opinion survey in June 2007, Vanja Ćalović was regarded as the most trusted person in Montenegro. Vanja Ćalović is currently the only representative of an NGO in the "national commission for monitoring implementation of the action plan for combating corruption and organised crime in Montenegro", established by the Government. (Vienna).

Gordana Djurović is Montenegro's Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration. She was the head of the negotiating team for negotiations on the Stabilization and Association Process, which was successfully completed with the signing of the agreement (SAA) on 15 October 2007. In the previous Government she was the Minister for International Economic Relations from February 2004 to October 2006. She is a Professor at the Faculty of Economics in Podgorica, where she teaches economic development, international economic relations and regional economics. She is also the head of post-graduate studies in European economic integration. Gordana Djurović is the author of more than fifty articles and a number of academic papers on economic development and European integration. Gordana Djurović obtained her Masters degree in 1991 at the Faculty of Economics in Podgorica, and in 1994 she obtained her PhD in the field of economic development planning in transition at the same Faculty. (Paris).

Maja Kostić-Mandić is Director of the International Co-operation Department of the PZP, the Movement for Change, the pro-reform opposition party in Montenegro led by Nebojsa Medojević. Dr Kostić-Mandić is also a Law Professor at the University of Podgorica, where she lectures in environmental law and international law. (Vienna, Paris).

Nada Mihailović has been Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration of Montenegro since May 2007. She is responsible for co-ordination and preparation of the work on the EU action plan, for implementation of the programme for the fight against corruption and organised crime, and for co-operation with EU institutions and EU Members States. From 2004 to 2007 Nada Mihailović was Deputy Minister for International Economic Relations when she worked on the preparation of the export promotion and investment promotion strategies of Montenegro. Previously, she worked in the National Tourism Organisation of Montenegro from 1996 to 2003 as Product and Marketing Manager for the German, Austrian Czech, Slovak and Slovenian markets. Nada Mihailović has a degree from the International Economic Law Department at the University of Montenegro. (Paris).

Irena Mijanović is Deputy Head of the Section for EU Accession in Montenegro's Secretariat for European Integration, in Podgorica. Among her duties is the co-ordination and supervision of the EU association and accession process. From 2005 until March 2007 she worked freelance in the field of communications for BearingPoint/USAID, the Deposit Protection Fund and Pirella Company. For three years, Irena Mijanović was the Public Education & Information Co-ordinator for the BearingPoint/USAID Montenegro Economic Reform Project. Irena Mijanović worked as a journalist for Radio Montenegro for two decades; between 1982 and 2002, and in 2002 she worked for the daily, Pobjeda. Irena Mijanović holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Montenegro. (Rome).

Aleksandar Pejović is the Director of the EU Directorate of the Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also been a Counsellor in the Multilateral Department, where he was Head of the UN Unit and of the Regional Initiatives Unit. He also worked in the Bilateral Department (Western Europe) and in Montenegro's Mission to Slovenia. He joined the Ministry in 2000. Aleksandar Pejović has an MA in Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Bojana Stanišić is the Executive Director and one of the founders of the NGO "Center for Euro-Atlantic Politics" in Podgorica. She is also a journalist on the "Vijesti independent TV" channel, and the editor and presenter of the TV show, "Euroskop" which reports on Montenegro's European integration. She also works as a Montenegrin contributor for BIRN (Balkan Investigative Reporting Network) and for its international on-line publication Balkan Insight. Bojana Stanišić was a journalist for the daily newspaper "Dan", where she covered EU integration for five years; she edited the "Dan in Europe" pages. In May 2007, she was awarded a Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. She studied at the University of Montenegro and took the advanced level BIRN journalism training programme.

Nada Vojvodic is an Adviser at the Secretariat for European Integration in Podgorica. She is responsible for the Communication Strategy to inform the public of Montenegro about the EU Integration process. She works with national and international institutions in providing trainings on EU integration issues, and in preparing promotional and educational material. She is also attending post-graduate studies in public relations. Nada Vojvodic was an adviser to the Ministry of European Integration and International Economic Relations from 2004 to 2006. She was awarded a degree by the Faculty of Political Science in Belgrade in 2003. (Berlin).

Ana Vukadinović has been Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister of Montenegro since September 2009. She was Head of the Secretariat for European Integration from 2006-2009. Previously she worked as an Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy and Development from 2003-2006, economic advisor in the EC Food Security Programme in Montenegro from 2000-2003. She worked as an advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1999-2000. She was a media monitor and analyst for a range of media organizations, including, ZDF, BBC, Reuters and the OSCE in 1998-99. Ana Vukadinović was awarded a MSc in International Business Management by the School of Management at the University of Surrey, UK, in 2005, and a BSc in Financial and Bank Management by the Economics Faculty at the University of Montenegro in 1999.

 

PRISTINA

Fatmir Curri is a project coordinator and one of the senior experts at the Kosovar Civil Society Foundation (KCSF). Fatmir Curri is a lecturer at the Kosovo School for European Integration. Fatmir Curri also lectures and trains youth NGOs in Kosovo on EU enlargement policy, EU funding and advocacy and lobbying practices for NGOs. Fatmir Curri worked previously as a senior officer for the Stabilisation and Association Process Tracking Mechanism at the Agency for European Integration in the Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo. He also did an internship at the European Parliament in Brussels. He has worked in the past within the OSCE mission in Kosovo and for several international NGOs working in Pristina. He was a junior economic researcher with the Riinvest Institute working on an early warning project mainly covering SMEs. Fatmir Curri has a degree in Banking and Finances from the Faculty of Economics, University of Pristina and holds a Master's Degree in European Studies from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He has also taken part in an intensive seminar on European affairs at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Mentor Shala is the programme editor and presenter of the programme "Europe closer" (Europa më afër) on Kosovo public service TV, Radio Television Kosovo. He was Head of News for 2 years. He edited the main TV news programme for a year. His previous jobs at RTK include Assistant Chief Editor and also reporter. He presented the investigative show Tema for six months and has moderated TV debates on ethnic issues. Before joining RTK, he was the political affairs editor of the daily newspaper "Epoka e re" in 2000. He has also edited INFO News and BLIC News. In autumn 1999 he reported from Kosovo on a daily basis for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He is the President of the Association of Professional Journalists, a member of the International Federation of Journalists.

Engjellushe Morina is Executive Director of Iniciativa Kosovare per Stabilitet (IKS) based in Prishtina. Prior to her joining IKS she was responsible for the Higher Education portfolio at the Public Diplomacy Section at the U.S. Embassy in Prishtina. Engjellushe Morina was responsible for Educational Programs and Exchanges such as the Fulbright and Hubert Humphrey Fellowships. Engjellushe Morina's initial training was in Archaeology; she gained her BA (Hons.) from the Institute of Archaeology at the University College London (UCL). Engjellushe Morina also has a graduate degree in diplomatic studies from the University of Oxford, UK.

Sylë Sefaj has been an adviser to the Minister of Interior since September 2009 focussing on technical requirements on visa liberalisation and on the harmonization of the EU agenda. He worked before as a consultant for a DFID funded project on co-ordination structures for European integration and advising on preparing the methodology for revision of the European Partnership Action, from May 2008. He was a specialist in European affairs at the Agency for European Integration, where he dealt mainly with strategic planning documents on the European agenda and on the dialogue with the European Commission, from May 2007 until May 2008. Sylë Sefaj worked as a project officer for the International Organization for Migration on return and reintegration programmes, from 2001 to 2005. He studied for a MA degree in Contemporary European Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, from 2005 to 2007. From 2001 to 2004 he studied for a BA degree in Political Sciences and Public Administration at the University of Pristina.

 

SKOPJE

Besa Arifi is Head of the Human Rights Centre of the South East European University, in Tetovo. Since October 2007, Besa Arifi is a member of the working group of the Ministry of Justice for amending the Law on Criminal Procedure, specialising in the field of mutual legal assistance and victim's participation. As well as her legal work, Besa Arifi has taken part in many debates, seminars, workshops and presentations on EU and enlargement. Besa Arifi was previously a full-time Assistant at SEEU's Law Faculty, from 2004 to 2007, specializing in Criminal Law and International Criminal Law. She has also worked as an intern in the Parliament of Macedonia, assisting MPs in their law-making functions. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the "Iustinianus Primus" Faculty of St. Cyrilius and Methodius University in Skopje, where she was awarded her Masters degree in Criminal Law Sciences in 2006, and also her BA, in October 2003, winning the prize for best student. (Rome).

Pajo Avirović is State Counsellor and Director for Public Diplomacy of the Public Diplomacy Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Skopje. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of ‘Crossroads', the Macedonian Foreign Policy Journal, and Editor-in-Chief of the Macedonian Diplomatic Bulletin. His diplomatic posts include; Head of the Sector for Bilateral Relations with European Countries, from 2006 to 2007, and Deputy Head of the Co-ordination Sector of the Minister's Cabinet, from 2005 to 2006. He served as Minister Counsellor at the Macedonian Embassy in Paris from 2001 to 2005. He is also a freelance journalist and writer. He was winner in 2005 of Macedonia's top literary prize, the Best Novel Award, for his novel, "Jahiz and the Dogs' Exterminators". Pajo Avirović has a Brevet de l'ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration) in Paris. He was awarded an M.A. in Oriental Philology, by the University of Belgrade, and a B.A. in Oriental Philology by the University of Sarajevo, where he majored in Turkish Language and Literature, and Arabic Language and Literature. (Berlin).

Ivica Bocevski is currently the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration. He was previously was the Macedonian Government Spokesman. Before joining the Government he was Executive Director of IDSCS, Macedonia's Institute for Democracy, Solidarity and Civil Society, which works to help create a political climate and the right conditions for democratic communication. In 1994 he was the national leader of the high school students' initiative for modernization and democratization of the educational system in Macedonia. (Vienna).

Zhana Popovska-Bozhinovska is a senior foreign affairs journalist at the daily Dnevnik, the most prominent and influential newspaper in Macedonia. She specializes in EU affairs, and is editor of the paper's weekly EU page, covering all the issues relating to Macedonia's EU integration. She covers the NATO-Macedonia agenda, and she also was heavily involved in reporting the Kosovo crisis in 1999, and the 2001 crisis in Macedonia. Zhana Popovska-Bozhinovska also travels extensively to report from NATO and EU Summits, and to cover international visits by Macedonian Government leaders. She worked from 1991-2000 at Nova Makedonija, at that time the biggest selling newspaper in Macedonia, in the Foreign Affairs Department. She has a degree in economics from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje. (Paris).

Lidija Dimova has been Executive Director of the Macedonian Centre for European Training since 2005. She was previously President of the Centre, from its establishment in 2002. The Centre provides training for the Secretariat for European Affairs of the Macedonian Government, and for other national and local Government agencies, political parties, and civil society. The Centre also provides training for European Commission twinning projects in Macedonia. The European Training Centre has also worked in Serbia transferring Macedonia's experience with CARDS and its planning for the IPA instrument, in March 2007. A regional pool of EU-trainers was established by the Centre, across South East Europe, working under the auspices of InWent, Bonn, and the Institute for European Politics, in Berlin. Lidija Dimova is a Certified EU trainer. She has two BA degrees; in English Language and Literature, and also in Journalism, both from the St. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. (Rome).

Borjan Jovanovski is the editor and presenter of the TV show "Evrozum" - "Zoom into Europe" a top-rated programme which is in its eighth season on two TV channels in Macedonia. "Evrozum" aims to open the eyes of the Macedonian audience to the wider European scene. Borjan Jovanovski has interviewed many of the leading figures involved in EU integration for "Evrozum". He has worked as a journalist at A1 TV (the first private and independent TV station in Macedonia), reporting on topics related to the stability of the region of South East Europe since 1995. Borjan Jovanovski was A1's permanent Brussels correspondent from 1996 to 2000. He also served as press adviser to the late President Boris Trajkovski.

Zvonimir Jankuloski is a University Professor/Dean of School of Law at the University American College in Skopje where he specialises in International Law, Human Rights, Diplomacy, International Relations, and International Public Law. He was a member of the Macedonian negotiation team for the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union. He also served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Macedonia to the Council of Europe. From 2005 to 2007, Zvonimir Jankuloski was Visiting Professor at the Faculty for Public Administration at Bitola University and a senior researcher in human rights issues at the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research, at the University of the ‘St. Cyril & Methodius' in Skopje. He was awarded his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. by the Faculty of Law at the same university (Berlin).

Tomislav Kaznačić has been the EU Economic Officer in the British Embassy in Zagreb since 2005. He has closely followed Croatia's accession negotiations process and the economic scene in Croatia. He has worked for the British Embassy since 1992 in a number of Embassy sections. He has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Zagreb in English and Italian language and literature.

Hristina Koneska-Beroska is currently Acting Head of Unit for Information and Publications at the Secretariat for European Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. She is responsible for the communication with the public with regards to EU-related issues. This includes implementation of the national communication strategy on EU accession from 2007 to 2010.  In addition, Hristina Koneska-Beroska is a co-ordinator for the programme of capacity-building funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office aimed at strengthening the work of communication units within Macedonian Government ministries in providing information about the EU integration. She is currently responsible for the development of a briefing note system which should enable the administration to speak in a unified voice on EU-related issues. Previously she worked as a Project Coordinator for IFES (International Foundation for Electoral Systems), in a USAID funded project providing technical assistance for elections. She also worked for a local non-governmental organisation Centre for Civic Initiative-Prilep.

Malinka Ristevska-Jordanova, State Counsellor at the Macedonian Government's Secretariat for European Affairs, is responsible for co-ordinating Macedonia's pre-accession policies. She is the co-chair of the Stabilisation and Association Committee EU - Republic of Macedonia. She has also been active in regional co-operation, promoting ownership and co-operation in the EU integration process.

Agneza Rusi is Director of the EU Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Skopje. She has been head of the negotiation team on visa facilitation with the EU and currently is Deputy Chief Negotiator for visa liberalisation with the EU. Agneza Rusi entered the diplomatic service in 1996. She served as Second Secretary in the Macedonian Mission to the EU in Brussels from 1999 to 2003, and as Deputy Head of the EU Department in Skopje from 2003 to 2006. She graduated at the Faculty of Economics in Skopje and hold an MA in International Politics from CERIS in Brussels. (Paris).

Dijana Rusi has worked as the Political Officer at the British Embassy in Skopje since it was established 15 years ago. Dijana Rusi works closely with the Ambassador and his deputy to ensure that the Ambassador and the Embassy as a whole are kept abreast of developments; reporting on political developments; maintaining a list of key political contacts; identifying and cultivating the local decision-makers and opinion formers; developing relevant contacts, particularly within the Government, Parliament and also in the media, political parties, NGO's and academia.

Ines Troha-Brdar is the Head of the Department for CFSP and ESDP at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. She also co-ordinates Croatia's participation in the EU's foreign policy and ESDP missions. She is a member of the EU Integration negotiating team, and heads the Working Group for Chapter 35. She is acting head of the Chapter 31 Working Group. She was previously head of the MFA EU Department. She was responsible for co-ordination on the European Neighbourhood Policy, EU and Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo, and security procedures for exchanging data with EU. A career diplomat she has also served in Croatia's missions in Chile and Slovakia.

Andrej Zernovski is the Parliamentary Co-ordinator, and Vice President, of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party in Skopje. He is a member of the Committee on Issues of the European Union at the Federal Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia. He was Co-chair of the EU Committee in the previous election period until 2006. Mr Zernovski currently is also a deputy member of both the Foreign Policy and Defence Committees. He is a member both of the Joint Parliamentary Committee-EU - Republic of Macedonia, and of the Parliamentary Group of the Assembly for Co-operation with the German Federal Parliament. He graduated with a degree from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Skopje.

 

SARAJEVO

Ivan Barbalić is Director of the Alumni Association of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies (ACIPS), in Sarajevo. He is also a member of the research team for UNDOP's Early Warning Report – he was a project Co-ordinator for UNDP from 2003 to 2004, and he carried out a similar role for the Media Plan Institute between 2001 and 2003. Ivan Barbalić currently teaches a graduate level course in Marketing at the ILH- Noel Baker Centre for Business and Management Studies in Sarajevo. He has a Master's degree in Governance and the Politics of European Integrations from Bologna University, as well as a Master's degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the Bologna/Sarajevo Universities regional programme, and a BA from Bridgeport University. (Rome).

Dušanka Basta is the Assistant Minister for the Coordination of International Economic Aid in the BiH Ministry of Finance and Treasury. She was previously Head of the International Aid Coordination Department at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations. She also acted as the Team Leader and National Professional Expert of UNDP's Programme of Support to BiH. Before becoming Department Head, Dušanka Basta was the senior official in the Trade Ministry responsible for preparing negotiations and conducting all activities before the signing of financial agreements with donors, such as the World Bank, EBRD and EIB. She has also served as the National Co-ordinator for the Netherlands PSO Programme for Economic Cooperation with BiH, as well as the BiH Representative for Environment Investment Projects within the EC General Secretariat for Environmental Protection. She worked previously as Head of the Department for Investments and Insurance at the BiH Public Railways Enterprise. Dušanka Basta holds a B.Sc.Oec (Economic Science) from Sarajevo University, a Civil Service Diploma and a Macroeconomics Diploma for Central and Eastern European Countries from JICA, Japan.

Igor Davidović is Ambassador of Bosnua and Herzegovina in Austria. He served as the Chief Negotiator of Bosnia and Herzegovina and was in charge of the successful negotiations for the Stabilisation and Association Agreement initialled by Olli Rehn in June 2008. He was previously the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United States. In 2005 he was appointed as ambassador at large. He also previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska. (Vienna, Berlin).

Zara Halilović has been Assistant Director responsible for the co-ordination of EU funds for the BiH Directorate for European Integration since October 2007. She has dealt with issues related to the co-ordination of EU funds since January 2004. In 2006 Zara Halilović participated in the activities of the BiH negotiating team regarding financial issues and the use of EU assistance. She has published several specialised essays and research papers on EU integration and the use of EU assistance. Zara Halilović has a M.A degree in European Studies from the University of Sarajevo and Bologna.

D˛enana Hod˛ić is Head of Department for Coordination of the Stabilisation and Association Process in the Directorate for European Integration in BiH. She is Secretary of the EC-BiH Interim Committee. D˛enana Hod˛ić has worked for most of her career in public administration. She worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a desk officer, in Bilateral Relations Division; in the Presidency of BiH and as principal advisor on the State Protocol. D˛enana Hod˛ić has written several publications and handbooks for the Directorate for European Integration, including Bosnia and Herzegovina's Integration Strategy to EU, the Handbook on Harmonisation of the Bosnia and Herzegovina's legislation with the legislation of the European Union. She graduated from the School of Law at the University of Sarajevo in 1993. She attended the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna in 1996. She obtained her Master's Degree at the Multidisciplinary Postgraduate Studies Centre of the University of Sarajevo, University of Bologna and the London School of Economics in 2005.

Nedeljko Masleša is Assistant Director of the Directorate of European Integration in Sarajevo. He was worked closely with the Polish Office of the Committee on European Integration. He was posted as Ambassador to Israel (and non-resident Ambassador to Cyprus) from 2003 to 2008. He was Assistant Director Directorate of European Integration from April 2003 – February 2004. He served as Assistant Minister at the Ministry for European Integration from 2000-2003. He was Director of "Naprijed", a privatization investment fund in 2000. From 1994 to 2000 he was a property manager in Vancouver, Canada. He was awarded his post-graduate and first degree by the Faculty of Economics at the University in Sarajevo.

Lila Radonjić is the Director and Chief Editor of the independent TV production group Mreza in Belgrade, established in 1997 by a group of journalists ousted from Studio B by the Milosević regime. She has worked as a journalist and news editor since 1974. Lila Radonjić won the Jug Grizelj Award in 1990 for professional, independent and investigative journalism. In 2007, she received the Seizing Freedom Award for enhancing democracy and freedom in Serbia's society. She is the author of the book »Our Case«, published in 1996. She has lectured at schools for journalism in Sarajevo, Novi Sad and at the Alternative Academic Network of Belgrade and she is a member of the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia. She has also worked as a mentor in journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade since 2000. She has a Bachelor's Degree in journalism.

Darija Ramljak is Deputy Director of the Directorate for European Integration, BiH Council of Ministers. She is Assistant Director for EU Integration Strategy and the head of the Department for Integration Strategy. She is also a member of the negotiating team for the Stabilisation and Association Agreement. (Vienna, Berlin, Paris).

Samir Rizvo has been Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Security in Sarajevo since June 2004. He leads on visa liberalisation and he has also been the State Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Illegal Immigration for the past five years. Samir Rizvo was Legal Adviser for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) from 2001-2004. He performed senior roles in the Police from 1994 to 2001; as Head of Crime Investigation Department, and before that as Head of Sarajevo Central Police Station. In 2002 he completed his Masters degree in Political Science at Sarajevo University, from where he also obtained his law degree in 1991.

Adnan Rondić is the editor and presenter of a documentary programme and a special news programme at the independent TV station NTV Hayat in Sarajevo. He has worked there since February 1992 as journalist, presenter and editor. He was the author and the host of the political talk-show Step ("Korak"), which ran for 8 years until December 2007. The programme hosted around 1,500 interviewees, including senior Bosnian and foreign officials, representatives of the international community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, religious officials, and regular Bosnian citizens. From 1995 and 2000, he was the chief executive editor of NTV Hayat's news service. In addition, he has been working as a reporter for Voice of America since 2001. He graduated from the Department of Classical Journalism and the Department of Business Communication at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo. He is currently enrolled in the post-graduate programme Diplomacy in the Contemporary World at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo.

Edin Šehić has been head of the EU Section at the BiH Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2006. He is also a member of the committee on the Interim Trade Agreement and the Ministry's senior programmining officer for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA). He is also a member of working groups on the IPA and BiH's European Integration Strategy. From 1999-2004 he was Counsellor at the Ministry. He was head (a.i) of BiH's Consulate in Oslo for three years from 1996, the year he joined the Ministry. Edin Šehić was head of State Protocol from 1994-1996. He was a senior expert at the Ministry of Defense from 1993-4. In 1985-1992 he worked as Assistant Marketing Director for North Africa at Energoinvest-Energocommerce in Sarajevo, where he was initially as a senior expert responsible for foreign investment. Edin Šehić has an economics degree from the School of Economics at Sarajevo University.

Zoran Tešanović is currently proprietor and the Management Advisor of the "DAK" company in Istocno (East) Sarajevo. He was the Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina for seven years until January 2008. He was Minister of Sports and Youth in the Government of Republika Srpska, from 2001 to 2003. He worked as Vice-President of the Association of Employers of Republika Srpska from 1998 to 2001. He was an associate member of the staff of the Fund for Employment, Training and Public Works, Banja Luka, operating under the Urgent Demobilization and Integration Project, from 1997-1999. He worked as an interpreter, at the International Press Center in Istocno Sarajevo, from July 1992-1997. He worked as an electrical engineer for two ORACLE database software projects in Sarajevo from 1990 to April 1992. He studied at the Department of Informatics in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, in Sarajevo, from 1984-1990.

Osman Topčagić is the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Brussels. He was previously Director of the Directorate for European Integration of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In this role he was the most senior civil servant in charge of European integration. From 2002 to 2003 Osman Topčagić was Minister-Counsellor at the Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the EU and NATO in Brussels. He served as Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the UK from 1998-2001). (Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Rome).

Stela Vasić works as adviser to the Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina for non-government organisations and youth issues in the Council of Ministers. She was previously the project co-ordinator for security issues at the Centre for Security Studies (CSS) in Sarajevo. Before joining CSS, she worked at the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Vienna, from 2002-2004. She was one of the founders of the Bosnian Youth Party in October 2002, and she was the party's Vice-President. She worked as an intern in the office of Dr. Hannes Swoboda MEP, in Vienna and Brussels, from 2001 to 2002. She has both a MA and BA in Diplomatic and Strategic Studies from the International University/Diplomatic Academy, Vienna. (Rome).

 

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Taulant Balla is a Member of the Albanian Parliament, and he sits on the EU Integration Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Integration Commission of the Socialist Party. In 2004 Taulant Balla was adviser to the Prime Minister of Albania, Fatos Nano, and in 2003 he was Political Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister. Taulant Balla has also worked as an international affairs expert for the Socialist Party. He was awarded a PhD by the Political Science Department at "Al.I.Cuza" University, Iasi, for his research on the European Integration Process in Romania. He was was also awarded his Bachelors' degree in Political Science from the same university. (Rome).

Aleksander Biberaj is an MP for the Democratic Party. He is a member of the Parliamentary Commission on Economy and Finances and alternate member of the Parliamentary Commission on European Integration. He has also served as head of the Albanian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) until January 2009. A telecoms expert by profession, he was Director of the Albanian Fibre Backbone project for the Albanian-American Enterprises Trust, and a specialist for Albtelecom from 1997 to 2003. He was Deputy Director General of Albanian Telecom, and Chairman of the Technical Board from 1994 to 1997. He was educated at the Polytechnic University of Tirana from 1985 to 1990.

Ben Blushi is currently is a Member of Parliament of the Albanian Socialist Party for Korça district. He is a member of the Parliamentary Commission on National Security. His political career includes stints as Minister of Education and Science from 2001-2002 and as Minister of Local Government and Decentralisation from 2002-2005. He also served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1999-2000. In 1999 he was Spokesman and adviser to Prime Minister Fatos Nano. In the 1990s he was editor-in-chief of the newspaper "Koha Jonë". In April 2008, Ben Blushi published his first novel "Të jetosh në ishull" (Living on an Island), which sold over 30,000 copies in the first few months, a record for Albania. Ben Blushi's 400-page novel offers the reader a panorama of Albanian history under the Ottoman Empire giving quite a controversial treatment of the country's Islamization. Ben Blushi studied at the University of Tirana, graduating in Albanian language and literature.

Ditmir Bushati was elected as an MP for the Socialist Party in the 2009 elections. Previously he was Executive Director of the European Movement in Albania, an independent think-tank devoted to improving the quality of the debate on European integration process. Ditmir Bushati was the launch Research Director of the Agenda think-tank. He has worked for the Albanian Government as Director for the Harmonization of Legislation at the Ministry of European Integration, and as a member of the negotiating team for the Stabilization and Association Agreement and Readmission Agreement with the EU. Ditmir Bushati has also been the Adviser on European Integration to the Deputy Prime Minister. Ditmir Bushati is a lecturer in EU Law at a wide range of institutions. He has a Masters degree in law, LLM.

Arta Dade MP is Deputy Chair of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Policy. Arta Dade served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2002 and as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports from 2002 to 2004. She is also a member of the Albanian Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and a member of the Democracy and Human Rights Committee. She is the International Secretary of the Socialist Party of Albania, which she joined in 1991, becoming a member of its Presidency in 1992. She was a University Professor, at the English Department of the Foreign Languages Faculty of Tirana University, until 1997 when she entered Parliament.

Albert Gajo is Albania's Deputy Minister of European Integration and an expert economist. Previously he was Executive Director of the Research and Development Centre, a non-profit organisation which focuses on economic analysis to help public institutions and the business community in drafting good policies for the encouragement of private sector development. From 1998 to 2002 he was a research fellow and lecturer at Maastricht University, at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, where he specialised in the management of resources in transition economies and public finances. From 1992-1997 he was economic advisor to the Albanian Prime Minister. (Vienna, Paris).

Arian Galdini is the founder and the Executive Director of Forum for Democracy and Ethics (FDE). In 2007 he was Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports. He was Executive Director of the Albanian Free Forum (AFF), an organisation designed, founded and run by a group of young people engaged in politics, from 2002 – 2008. Arian founded and since 2004 has led and moderated monthly meetings of the Leadership Forum which aims to build a network of leading political leaders, academia, judges, and civil society organisations. Arian Galdini joined the Democratic Party as soon as it was established in 1991. He has since founded and/or chaired the Youth Forum of the Democratic Party of Albania in Vlora, and the Student Committee for National Reconciliation. He first joined the student movement to oust the Communist dictatorship in Albania in 1990.

Edmond Haxhinasto is Head of the National Committee of the Socialist Movement for Integration (LSI) in Tirana. He was one of the founders of the LSI and its International Secretary from 2004 to 2007. In February 2004, he co-founded the Institute for Peace, Development and Integration; he is currently the Executive Director. From 2000 to 2001 he worked as Diplomatic Advisor to the Prime Minister, and he was later Permanent Chargé d'Affaires of Albania to Belgrade. From August 2002 to September 2003, Edmond Haxhinasto was Chief of Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2003-2004, he was Advisor to former Prime Minister Ilir Meta in his position as member of the International Commission on the Balkans. From 1997-1998, Edmond Haxhinasto worked in the Prime Minister's Office. During the Kosovo crisis in 1999, he was the government representative in the Emergency Management Group. From 1993 till 1997 he worked in the private sector, and he completed an MBA at the International Executive Development Centre in Slovenia. In 1999-2000, he completed a Masters Degree in Public Policy, at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, University of Princeton. He has a degree in English from the Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Tirana in 1989. (Rome).

Ardiana Hobdari is Head of the Unit for Political Dialogue at the EU General Department for Euro-Atlantic Integration and Multilateral Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana. She was a First Secretary at the Albanian Mission to the EU in Brussels from 2002 -2008. She worked as the Director of the EU Directorate, in the General Department for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, from 2001-2002. Ardiana Hobdari joined the Foreign Ministry in 1996 working first as a Desk Officer in the Economic Directorate before moving to the EU Directorate. She was awarded a M.Phil in European Studies by the University of Cambridge in 1997. She obtained a M.A. in International Relations at the Central European University in Prague in 1993-1994. She finished her first degree in history from Tirana University in 1992.

Arben Kashahu has been the Secretary General of the Ministry of European Integration in Tirana since February 2006. He was Director of the Cabinet of the Minister of European Integration, from 2005 to 2006. Previously, he was a Senior Legal Advisor of the Foundation for Local Autonomy and Governance. He also worked as a private attorney, providing legal expertise for many national and international agencies, private companies and individual clients. He is a lecturer at the Faculties of Law at the private University Kristal and at the private European University of Tirana. He was awarded an M.A. in Governance and Politics of European Integration by the University of Bologna in 2003. Arben Kashahu was licensed as a lawyer by the Bar Association of Albania in May 2000. He was awarded his B.A. by the Jurisprudence Faculty, University of Tirana in 1999.

Valentina Leskaj is Chairwomen of the parliamentary Group of the Albanian Socialists. She was Minister of Labour and Social Affairs from 2002-2003. Her parliamentary career has also included roles as Chairwomen of the Parliamentary Commission for Media and Education and Chairwomen of the Standing Parliamentary Committee on European Integration. She is known as a strong advocate of women's rights. She has also served as Executive Director of Albania's Family Planning Association. (Vienna).

Elton Metaj is currently the Editor in Chief of the leading Albanian daily "Koha Jona". He is an economic specialist. He was previously the Editor in Chief of the "Korrieri" newspaper. He also writes political and economic columns at "Klan" magazine and contributes to BIRN, the Balkans Investigative Reporting Network. (Vienna).

Tritan Shehu is Deputy Chairman of the New Democratic Party, and Chairman of Parliamentary Commission for Social Affairs, Health and Labour. He was Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister 1996-97, and Health Minister from 1992-94. He was leader of the Democratic Party of Albania from 1995-7. Tritan Shehu is also Pro Rector of the University, Nostra Signora del Buon Consiglio in Tirana. For 20 years he has been President of the Anesthesia and Intensive Care Society of Albania. He was also appointed Chair of the Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the University of Tirana where he qualified as a doctor. He has a diploma in health management from University of Saint Geovani Laterano in Rome. (Paris, Rome).

Monika Stafa is a journalist and anchor-woman at the national Top TV Channel in Tirana. She works as a reporter on the weekly show "Exclusive". She is the author of reportages and documentaries covering sensitive social, historic and cultural topics, including historical-investigative documentaries on Albanians working against deportation of the Jewish community during the Second World War. Her documentaries also cover contemporary psychological issues arising during the transition period, and questions of spiritual development of life in Albania today. Monika Stafa is also an advisor at the Institute of Doctrine and Ideas in Paris. She was involved in setting-up of the international conference in Paris in January 2008 dedicated to the history of Jews in the Balkan Peninsula. Her own presentation was entitled: "Besa- a code of honour," focussing on Albania in the period 1933-1944. She is also a full time contributor to the daily newspaper, "Shqip", writing columns on cultural and historical questions. Monica Stafa‘s doctoral thesis on "Questions of Saint Naum" was published in April 2008.

Arta Tozaj has been the Brussels Correspondent for Top Channel since April 2009. She worked as the Brussels Correspondent for KLAN TV from March 2006 to April 2009. She began as TV journalist in 1999 first working for Telenorba Shqipetare covering social and economic issues and then covering the political parties, parliament and government for Top Channel and KLAN TV. Arta Tozaj graduated in economics from the Economic Faculty at Tirana University. She is currently studying for a Masters degree in the European Economy at the European Studies Institute, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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Ana-Maria Boromisa is a Research Fellow in the Department for European Integration Institute for International Relations (IMO), Croatia's foreign policy think-tank. She specialises in the enlargement of the European Union to Central and East European countries, in particular, in the economic requirements and the pace of reform in candidate states, as well as impact of the enlargement on the countries of South-Eastern Europe. She is a member of Croatian Energy Regulatory Council and of the European Trade Study Group. Ana-Maria Boromisa is also a member of the Editorial Board of Euroscope bulletin. She has a Ph.D. in economics,from the University of Zagreb, and a M.A. in European Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin, Poland. (Rome).

Joško Klisović is Secretary of the Croatian Negotiating Team for the negotiations on the accession of Croatia to the European Union, and Acting Director of the Directorate for Information and Education at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. He was Deputy Head of Croatia's NATO Mission in Brussels from 2004-2006. His previous jobs include: Head of the Political Analysis and Planning Department, Head of the Personnel Department, and Head of the Department for the UN and Human Rights. He was Counsellor at Croatia's UN Mission, from 1997-2001. Joško Klisović was head of the Task Force for coordinating Croatia's campaign for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council, and was Croatia's contact point on counter-terrorism for the UN Security Council. Joško Klisović carried out postgraduate studies in International Law at the School of Law at the University of Zagreb in 1999, from where he was also awarded a Batchelor of Law in 1992. He has a Master's Degree in International Relations at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. (Paris).

Neven Pelicarić is currently Croatian Ambassador to Spain. He served previously as Director General for Europe at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration. He has also served as Political Director – Division for Europe and the European Union. From 2005-2006 he held the rank of as Ambassador-at-large. He was head of the Department for EU (Political) from 2004-2005. Ambassador Pelicarić has been the head of the Working Group for Chapter XXXI on "Common Foreign, and Security Policy" as part of the EU accession process. He is co-editor of the book Security Sector Reform in South East Europe; from a Necessary Remedy to a Global Concept. (Vienna, Paris).

Siniša Petrović is member of the negotiating team for Croatia's accession to the European Union. He is Professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb and teaches Commercial, Corporate and Competition Law. He is also an arbitrator for the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, arbitrator for the Croatian Olympic Committee and arbitrator on sub domains of the .hr web-domain. He was a member of working groups for a number of Croatian legislative projects (e.g. the Companies Act, the Law on Agency on Property Transactions, the Law on the Prevention of Conflicts of Interest, Privatization Act, Competition Law,) and participated in several privatization and investment projects in Croatia. He is the author of several papers and books in the field of commercial law, company law, competition law, sports law and foreign investments. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Zagreb in 1990, and in 1998 he defended his Ph.D. thesis at the same University. (Berlin).

Goran Rotim is a senior journalist at Croatian public TV (HTV). He is currently the anchor and editor of the weekly foreign-politics programme "Parallel". He was Deputy Editor in Chief of HTV News Programmes; as a senior manager he was responsible for 320 journalists and more than 20 shows from 2004 to 2007. He was also co-editor of the main news programme "Dnevnik" from 2006 to 2007. He has made documentary films, including "Hungary - a Stew for Europe" and "Czech-the Process", and co-authored the film "Austria - the Secret of the Danube Mainstream". In 1994-96 he was editor and anchor of the daily news-magazine "Slikom na sliku", which featured foreign TV coverage and Croatian politics. In 1991-1992 he was a war reporter in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was also Secretary General of the Atlantic Group (a multinational corporation based in Croatia), responsible for external and internal communications and PR from 2007 to June 2008. From 2000 to 2001 he was a Spokesman at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; from 1999 to 2000 he was Consul-Counsellor at the Croatian Consulate-General in Subotica, Serbia, his birthtown.

Boris Vujčić is Deputy Governor of the Croatian National Bank and Croatia's Deputy Chief EU negotiator. Prof. Vujčić's fields of expertise are macroeconomics, international finance and labour economics. Boris Vujčić has also been an external collaborator for the International Labour Organization (ILO) and a consultant to the European Commission. He is also a Professor at the University of Zagreb, where he was awarded his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in economics.