Catching Up? The Western Balkans & The New Europe

711th Wilton Park Conference
Oslo
Monday 12 May – Thursday 15 May 2003



In association with the European Stability Initiative (ESI)

Sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD)

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Monday 12 May

 

1530-1545

1

CONFERENCE OPENING

Colin JENNINGS
Chief Executive Wilton Park

 

1545-1630

2

A EUROPEAN AGENDA FOR THE WESTERN BALKANS

Kim TRAAVIK
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

 

1645-1715

 

TEA AND COFFEE BREAK   GROUP PHOTO

 

1730-1900

3

EUROPEAN INTEGRATION –BEYOND THE CURRENT EU PROCESS

Radmila ŠEKERINSKA
Deputy Prime Minister, Skopje

Neven MIMICA
Minister for European Integration, Zagreb

Gerald KNAUS
Director, European Stability Initiative, Berlin

1930

 

BUS DEPARTS

 

2000

 

RECEPTION HOSTED BY BRITISH AMBASSADOR
HM Ambassador's Residence
Oslo

 

TUESDAY 13 MAY

 

0915-1045

4

EUROPEAN INTEGRATION –TIME FOR NEW POLICIES?

Sokol NAKO
Minister for European Integration, Tirana

Ana TRBOVICH
Assistant Minister for International Economic Relations, Belgrade

 

1045-1115

 

TEA AND COFFEE BREAK

 

1115-1245

5

OPTIONS FOR THESSALONIKI SUMMIT AND BEYOND

*Fernando GENTILINI
Director South East Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome

Axel Sotirios WALLDEN
Counsellor to the Greek Foreign Minister, Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU, Brussels

 

1245-1400

 

LUNCH

 

1400-1515

6

NEW POLICY IDEAS - SETTING THE AGENDA

"Bosnia Story"
ESI video documentary of Novi Travnik, BiH

Gerald KNAUS
Director, European Stability Initiative, Berlin and Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit, Pristina

 

1515-1615

7

PARALLEL DISCUSSION GROUPS

  1. REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT –KOSOVO

    Lutfi HAZIRI
    Mayor of Gjilan, and President of Kosovo Municipalities Association

    Chair: Verena KNAUS
    Analyst, Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit, Pristina

 

 

  1. REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT –BiH

    Enver JUKANOVIĆ
    Mayor of Kalesija

    Chair: Eggert HARDTEN
    Analyst, ESI, Berlin & Sarajevo

1615-1645

 

TEA AND COFFEE BREAK

 

1645-1715

8

POLICY FEED-BACK -DISCUSSION GROUP CONCLUSIONS

 

1730

 

BUS DEPARTS FOR EXCURSION 

 

1800

 

BOAT EXCURSION

 

2030

 

DINNER Hotel Voksenasen

 

WEDNESDAY 14 MAY

 

0915-1030

9

BUILDING CAPACITY –APPLYING EU EXPERIENCE TO WESTERN BALKANS

John BRADLEY
Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

 

1030-1100

 

TEA AND COFFEE BREAK

 

1100-1230

10

The EU IN THE WESTERN: LESSONS AND PROSPECTS

Andrew BEARPARK
Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, UNMIK, Pristina

 

1230-1400

 

LUNCH

 

1400-1530

11

LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND THE CHALLENGE OF CATCHING-UP

  1. NIS AND KUMANOVO

    Slobodan KOVAĆEVSKI
    Mayor of Kumanovo

    Goran ĆIRIĆ
    Mayor of Nis

    Chair: Kristof BENDER
    Senior Analyst, ESI, Skopje

  2. VARAZDIN AND TIRANA

    Ivan ČEHOK
    Mayor of Varazdin

    Edi RAMA
    Mayor of Tirana

    Chair: Marcus BRAND
    Special Adviser to the Director, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions, Warsaw

1530-1600

 

TEA AND COFFEE BREAK

 

1600-1630

12

DISCUSSION GROUP REPORT-BACK

 

1630-1700

13

TAKING THE AGENDA FORWARD

Jan BRAATHU
Director-General, Head of Section for Western Balkan Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo

 

1700-1800

14

POLICY CONCLUSIONS: THESSALONIKI AND BEYOND

Gerald KNAUS
Director, European Stability Initiative, Berlin

Chris LANGDON
Associate Director, Wilton Park

 

1830

 

LOCAL EXCURSION
Holmenkollen Ski Museum

 

2000

 

CONFERENCE FINAL DINNER
Holmenkollen Park Hotel

 

THURSDAY 15 MAY

 

 

 

 

International Participants Depart

All meals at Hotel Voksensen unless otherwise stated



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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