18 April 2015
Berlin ESI with young civil servants from SEE and ESI workshop
The 7th generation of the European Fund for the Balkans' fellows of the
The 7th generation of the European Fund for the Balkans' fellows of the "Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans." Photo: EFB

ESI's Kristof Bender was invited by the European Fund for the Balkans to participate in the introductory seminar of the Fellowship Programme for Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans: Supporting Excellence and Leadership in Governance on 18 April 2015 in Berlin. Kristof made a presentation at a session on "Debating Balkans: New Challenges - New Opportunities." Other speakers included former Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova and Sonja Liht, President of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence.

The EFB's fellowship programme provides 20 scholarships for civil servants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Fellows spend three months in various countries of the European Union, where they gain work practice in government agencies of the host countries and receive tailor-made training through specifically designed seminars. This year the fellows will be hosted in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Also on 18 April ESI's human rights team met for an internal workshop to discuss ESI's work on human rights in Europe, the role of the Council of Europe and the EU, political prisoners and torture.

Kristof Bender and Sonja Licht. Photo: European Fund for the Balkans
Kristof Bender and Sonja Licht. Photo: European Fund for the Balkans
Kristof Bender presenting. Photo: European Fund for the Balkans
Kristof Bender presenting. Photo: European Fund for the Balkans
ESI Berlin analysts: Heather Brown and Isotta Ricci Bitti
ESI Berlin analysts: Heather Brown and Isotta Ricci Bitti
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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