5 December 2012
Brussels – Balkans progress: battling to overcome the impact of crisis
Gerald Knaus. Photo: Gleamlight for Friends of Europe
Gerald Knaus. Photo: Gleamlight for Friends of Europe

ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to speak in Brussels on a panel on democracy and the rule of law at a conference organized by the Friends of Europe. In his presentation he focused on lessons from the visa liberalisation experience in the Western Balkans.

Other panelists were Majlinda Bregu, Minister for European Integration of Albania, Ivica Dačić, Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia, Tanja Fajon MEP, Vice Chairwoman of the European Parliament Delegation to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee, Meddžida Kreso, President of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jana Mittermaier, Director of Transparency International's Liaison Office to the EU, and Stefano Sannino, European Commission Director General for Enlargement. The panel was co-moderated by Giles Merritt, Secretary General of Friends of Europe, and Tim Judah, Western Balkans Correspondent for The Economist.

View of the panel. Photo: Gleamlight for Friends of Europe
View of the panel. Photo: Gleamlight for Friends of Europe
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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