24 June 2009
Workshop for analysts involved in ESI's White List Project
Regional and ESI analysts
Regional and ESI analysts

Between 24 and 27 June 2009, ESI hosted in Istanbul a seminar for ten analysts involved in ESI's Schengen White List Project. The participants discussed in detail the situation and public opinion related to visa roadmap implementation in each of the five Western Balkan countries participating in the EU's visa liberalisation process, as well as in Kosovo, which has been left out from the process. ESI also presented the finalised analyses of the Commission assessments of the situation and reports by EU national experts.

The analysts planned activities in the second half of 2009. They agreed to put particular emphasis on Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the two countries that have not yet met the visa roadmap conditions; on Kosovo, which needs to be given a roadmap to carry out the same reforms as the other countries to the benefit not only of the Balkans, but also the EU; and to continue to keep a close eye on Serbia and Montenegro. They also agreed to closely follow the discussion of the forthcoming Commission proposal on visa-free travel in the European Parliament and among the EU member states and to intervene when opportune and necessary. The Commission proposal, expected in the coming weeks, will most likely propose Macedonia with no condition, and Montenegro and Serbia on condition that a few outstanding benchmarks are met in the coming months, for visa-free travel from early 2009 onward.

The participants of the seminar included:

  • Gerald Knaus, ESI chairman
  • Alexandra Stiglmayer, project director and ESI senior analyst
  • Anjeza Hoxhallari, ESI analyst
  • Kristof Gosztonyi, consultant for the White List Project
  • Dejan Anastasijevic, journalist and author, Serbia
  • Engjellushe Morina, Kosovo Stability Initiative, Kosovo
  • Goran Tirak, Populari, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ilir Qorri, European Movement in Albania, Albania
  • Sanja Kostovska, Centre for Research and Policymaking, Macedonia
  • Selman Adzovic, Centre for Civic Education, Montenegro

ESI is grateful to the Robert Bosch Stiftung for supporting the ESI Schengen White List Project.

Seminar agenda

Working group
Working group
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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