8 April 2004
ESI invited to Informal Ministerial Conference, Wicklow, Ireland

Gerald Knaus, ESI President, and John Bradley, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, gave two complementary presentations at this special event. Gerald Knaus focussed on where the EU-Western Balkans relationship stands now, and what opportunities and challenges this creates for the Western Balkan states. John Bradley spoke about the Irish Experience and what small states can do to catch up.

The Conference was attended by the Europe Ministers of Member States and the then accession and candidate countries. What is more, the Ministers responsible for European Integration in the countries of the Western Balkans were invited as well given the direct relevance and the good opportunity to meet with the Europe Ministers of the 25 EU states. The United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) was represented by a delegation led by Harri Holkeri.

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Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com