27 May 2003
ESI at the World Economic Forum in Athens
The South-East Europe Meeting was held during the culminating weeks of the Greek Presidency of the EU. 250 foreign investors, regional business leaders, as well as key ministers and opinion-makers and heads of state and government examined the issues confronting Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia and Turkey.

Conclusions and recommendations by the business community will be fed into a major intergovernmental conference on the EU-Balkan integration process which will be held by the Greek government in Thessaloniki on 21 June.

For a summary of the lively discussion "Economic Update: How Can the Region Catch Up?" (with the participation of ESI President Gerald Knaus) click here. For a direct link to all summaries of the Forum, please click here. For more background information, you can also read or download the paper "Thessaloniki and Beyond: Europe's Challenge in the Western Balkans", written by Misha Glenny and Gerald Knaus.

About us
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