8 May 2004
Small states catching up – the European experiences of Ireland & Estonia Estonia - Lessons for Macedonia and the EU

The Irish Foreign Ministry, the Delegation of the European Commission and ESI organized a seminar in the government building in Skopje, Macedonia. It brought together 30 Macedonian key decision makers, including a number of government ministers, parliamentarians, mayors as well as members of the business community with experts from Ireland and Estonia.

The focus was on the experience of small European states - the Republic of Ireland in the last three decades and Estonia since 1991 – trying to catch up economically and institutionally with the rest of Europe. Speakers examined sectoral and regional policies, industrial strategies, and general development paths in the recent past and related them to the specific context of contemporary Macedonia.

Please click here to view and download the presentations made by Gerald Knaus, ESI President, John Bradley, research professor at the Dublin-based Economic and Social Research Institute and Natalie Lubenets from the Ministry of Finance of Estonia.

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