26 January 2009
"Serbia – Exit Europe" – Film screening and debate at the European Policy Centre in Brussels
State of EXIT
EXIT Festival in Novi Sad

"Serbia – Exit Europe"
(52 minutes, in English)

Return to Europe Series
Winner of the 2008 Erasmus EuroMedia Award

"Will Serbia catch the EU train?"
(Panel discussion)

on Monday, 26 January 2009, at 16:30

A joint event of the European Stability Initiative (ESI) and the
European Policy Centre (EPC), supported by the Open Society Institute

The past year has seen two powerful but contradictory forces at play in Serbia. The process of losing Kosovo has rekindled nationalism and bitterness towards the international community. On the other hand, the victory in the May elections of the pro-European forces steered the country towards EU integration. The big questions over Serbia's future remain: is Serbia on track to join the EU? Is it dealing with the crimes from the Milosevic era? Or will the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU remain on hold and an application for EU membership a distant prospect?

The film Serbia – Exit Europe seeks to answer these questions. It is part of the award-winning TV documentary series Return to Europe, which former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato qualified as "documentaries all of us citizens of the European Union should have the opportunity to see".

The series is supported by ERSTE Stiftung and has been jointly produced by the German-language satellite channel 3sat, Austria's public broadcaster ORF and the TV production company pre-TV, in cooperation with the European Stability Initiative (ESI), upon whose research and analysis these films are based. The Serbia film has recently been shown at international events in Barcelona, Istanbul, Tirana and Berlin and has received very positive feedback. It will be broadcast by a number of TV stations throughout the Balkans in coming months.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including Hedvig Morvai-Horvath, Director of the Belgrade based European Fund for the Balkans, Milica Delevic, Head of the EU integration office in Belgrade, Dejan Anastasijevic, journalist for Serbian newspaper Vreme, Gerald Knaus, ESI Chairman, and Srdjan Cvijic, External Adviser to the European Policy Centre (EPC). The Dialogue will be chaired by Rosa Balfour, EPC Senior Policy Analyst.

Date:

Monday, 26 January 2009

Time:

16:30

Venue:

Résidence Palace (Maelbeek Room)
155 Rue de la Loi
1040 Brussels

(Map)

Please confirm your participation by completing the reply form or by e-mail to Valérie Gilles.

Brussels, 26 January 2009:
About us
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.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
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