17 September 2016
Opatija – ESI debating new strategies for the Balkans
BiEPAG Brainstorming Opatija. Photo: EFB
BiEPAG Brainstorming Opatija. Photo: EFB

From 16 to 18 September 2016 ESI's Deputy Chairman Kristof Bender participated in a brainstorming meeting on new strategies for the Balkans. It was organised by the Balkan in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG), a policy group put together by the European Fund for the Balkans, and took place in Opatija, Croatia. 

Kristof contributed some ideas on the future of EU enlargment. Other participants included Florian Bieber of the University of Graz, Milica Delevic from the EBRD, Nikola Dimitrov of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Stefan Lehne of Carnegie Europe, Antonio Missiroli of the EU-ISS, Ivan Vejvodaof the German Marshall Fund of the United States and former Director in DG Enlargement of the EC Pierre Mirel.

Based on the discussions BiEPAG published a policy brief on EU enlargement in the Western Balkans in a Time of Uncertainty.

Opatia’s Hotel Ambassador, a
Opatia's Hotel Ambassador, a "functionalist provocation" in the heart of historicistic Opatija built in 1968 according to plans by architect Zdravko Bregovac. Foto: ESI/Kristof Bender
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