15 May 2006
Presentation in Vienna on "Kosovo's future and the shadows of its past"

Together with the Austrian foundation DIE ERSTE österreichische Spar-Casse Privatstiftung, ESI organized a presentation on "Kosovo's future and the shadows of its past" (Kosovos Zukunft und die Schatten der Vergangenheit) in Vienna on 15 May. ESI and IKS, a young Kosovar think-tank, presented their latest research on economic development, identity and the protection of cultural heritage in Kosovo.

Einladung - Kosovos Zukunft und die Schatten der Vergangenheit

ESI president Gerald Knaus, senior analyst Verena Knaus and IKS director Besa Shahini spoke on current problems of Kosovo's economy which is marked by negative economic growth, subsistence economy and external subsidies. For Kosovo's capital Pristina they identified severe governance failures, particularly an approach characterised as "utopian planning" that has already led to rampant illegal construction, deteriorating infrastructure and unreliable municipal services. This is accompanied by an almost complete neglect of sites listed as national historical heritage.



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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