25 October 2012
Stockholm - Public Sida/ESI lecture: Western Balkans and Eastern Europe in 2010
Gerald Knaus at SIDA headquarters in Stockholm. Photo: SIDA
Gerald Knaus at SIDA headquarters in Stockholm. Photo: SIDA

At this event at SIDA's headquarters in Stockholm, ESI's Gerald Knaus shared his views on what lays ahead for the countries of East and South-East Europe. Is there a way to end stagnation and internal conflicts? Could any of them qualify for EU membership by 2020?

He suggested to:

  1. structure assistance 2014-2020 to create a regional race in different chapters, where being ahead translates into more support;
  2. strengthen the ability of the Council of Europe to set democracy standards in the Eastern neighbourhood;
  3. focus all effort to help Moldova become the first Eastern Partner to become a potential EU accession candidate to electrify the region;
  4. make the most of the Croatian experience.
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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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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