Does Mitrovica Have A Future? Economic And Political Stability In A One-Company Town

WPS04/2 Wilton Park Workshop
Wiston House
Friday 30 January – Monday 2 February 2004



In association with European Stability Initiative (ESI)

Sponsored by The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

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FRIDAY 30 JANUARY 2004

2100

1

WELCOME & DRINKS RECEPTION

Chris LANGDON
Director, South-East Europe, Wilton Park

 

2115

 

BUFFET DINNER

 

2215-2245

 

SHOWING OF MITROVICA ESI DOCUMENTARY

 

SATURDAY 31 JANUARY 2004
DEFINING THE ISSUES PRECISELY

0930-1100

2

CONFERENCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Chris LANGDON
Director, South-East Europe, Wilton Park

 

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF MITROVICA?
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES

Facilitator
Gerald KNAUS
President, European Stability Initiative, Berlin

ESI MITROVICA REPORT FINDINGS:
Kristof BENDER

ESI Senior Analyst, Skopje

1100-1130

 

PHOTOGRAPH AND COFFEE/TEA

 

1130-1300

 

GROUP DISCUSSION INVOLVING ALL PARTICIPANTS

Key issues:

  • There is a growing sense of a deepening economic and social crisis in Kosovo's most complex town, Mitrovica; what are the causes of this crisis and what are its likely political implications?
  • How can the inhabitants of Mitrovica and Zvečan see the return of confidence that alone will allow economic growth and job creation?
  • What is the future of the outside transfers that at present keep Mitrovica alive: transfers from the Kosovo Consolidated Budget, from the budget of the Republic of Serbia, from international donors and from the (largely Albanian) diaspora?
  • Is the region of Northern Kosovo - in the absence of a relaunch of Trepča production - doomed to terminal decline? Can, under such conditions, a multiethnic Kosovo be preserved?
  • What can local policy makers, and politicians in Pristina and Belgrade committed to the development of Mitrovica, do to provide a credible perspective? How can both the reality and the image of the region be transformed in 2004?
  • Is there a possibility that progress in Mitrovica in 2004 could set a positive example for addressing other regional problems?

1300-1500

 

 

LUNCH

1500-1630

 

 

 

 

 

3

REVERSING ECONOMIC DECLINE: EUROPEAN CASE STUDIES
Are there lessons from elsewhere that are relevant?

John BRADLEY
Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

  • Eastern Germany
  • Northern Ireland
  • Manchester
  • Central Europe

1630

 

COFFEE/TEA

1700-1815

 

 

4

DISCUSSION GROUPS

  • TREPČA – WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
  • HOW CAN THE PRIVATE SECTOR PROVIDE THE JOBS?

1815

 

COFFEE/TEA

 

1830-1930

5

MITROVICA 2008: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY - A FRESH APPROACH?
Gerald KNAUS
ESI President, Berlin

 

2000

 

DINNER

 

SUNDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2004
MOVING TO SOLUTIONS?

0930-1045

6

REVERSING DECLINE – POLICY OPTIONS IN 2004

 

1045

 

COFFEE/TEA

1115-1245

 

7

DISCUSSION GROUPS

  • OVERCOMING POST-WAR PROBLEMS
  • WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF TRANSFERS FROM THE SERBIAN GOVERNMENT?

1245

 

LUNCH

 

1500-1600

 

8

DISCUSSION GROUP REPORT-BACK

1600

 

COFFEE/TEA

 

1630-1730

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

PROMOTING MITROVICA

Michael MARTENS
Correspondent, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Belgrade

 

1730

 

COFFEE/TEA

 

1745-1845

10

CONCLUDING SESSION: POLICY IDEAS

Gerald KNAUS
ESI Director, Berlin

Chris LANGDON
Director, South-East Europe, Wilton Park

 

1845

 

Change for Dinner

 

1930

 

DRINKS RECEPTION

 

2000

 

 

DINNER

 

MONDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2004

0700 and 0800

 

BREAKFAST

 

 

 

Conference participants depart



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