29 October 2016
Budva ESI presenting ideas on how to rethink EU enlargement
Kristof Bender. Photo: European Movement Montengro
Kristof Bender. Photo: European Movement Montengro

On 28 and 29 October ESI deputy chairman Kristof Bender attended the "Balkans Integration Forum 2016" organised in Budva, Montenegro, by the European Movement Montengro and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. The topic of this year's forum was "The Time of Crisis" and featured panels on the accession process after Brexit, the Berlin Process, the Western Balkans in a time of multiple European challenges and the situation in the Western Balkan countries.

Kristof spoke about how to rethink the EU accession process and to transform it into a stronger tool supporting reformers in the Western Balkans. Check our website for a paper on this topic to be published in the coming weeks.

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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