The future of Mitrovica

WPS06/1 Wilton Park Conference
Vienna
Thursday 29 – Friday 30 September 2005



In association with the European Stability Initiative

Sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs

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WEDNESDAY 29 MARCH 2006

2000

 

Informal Dinner

THURSDAY 30 MARCH 2006

0915-0925

1

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION:

CONFERENCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Chris LANGDON
South-East Europe Director, Wilton Park, UK

0925 - 1100

 

MITROVICA’S FUTURE

What is the future of Mitrovica and its hinterland, once the industrial heart of Kosovo, now the poorest town in Kosovo? What is the linkage between the political and economic crises affecting the town? What are the potential solutions?

Gerald KNAUS
President, European Stability Initiative, Berlin

1100 - 1130

 

Coffee/Tea

1130 - 1300

2

REBUILDING THE ECONOMY

What is the scale of the economic potential for Mitrovica and its industrial economy? Which parts of Trepca can provide significant employment? What would be the first steps for a significant programme of economic support? Mitrovica survives through transfers from Pristina, Belgrade and the international community. What are the best ways of using public money to create a future for the town and its inhabitants?

Kristof BENDER
Senior Analyst, European Stability Initiative, Vienna

1300 – 1430

 

Lunch

1430 – 1545

3

MITROVICA - THE WAY FORWARD

What can the international community do to help create the conditions for a sustainable future for Mitrovica and its people?

Opening comments from:

John ERATH
Deputy Director for Kosovo, Office of South Central European Affairs, State Department, Washington DC

Stefan LEHNE
EU Representative, UNOSEK, Vienna; Director, Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Council of EU, Brussels

1545 – 1615

 

Tea/Coffee and Photograph

1615 – 1730

4

CONCLUDING SESSION : PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS

How to move beyond stalemate in Mitrovica.

1940

2000

 

Depart to British Residence

Dinner

FRIDAY 31 MARCH

International participants Depart



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