19 April 2010
ESI discusses EU policy towards the Western Balkans
Budva, Montenegro. Photo: flickr/Andrew Pescod
Budva, Montenegro. Photo: flickr/Andrew Pescod

On 19 April 2010, ESI Senior Analyst discussed "Strategies for Stability in the Balkan region / Critical Assessment of the EU Foreign Policy towards the Western Balkans" with 15 journalists from Southeast Europe, who participate in a training programme organised by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Alexandra Stiglmayer explained how EU policies are created and the role of the different institutions, assessed the current state of affairs, and talked about the EU visa liberalisation process for the Western Balkans and ESI's related Schengen White List Project.

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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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