15 March 2012
Public seminar in Vienna: Kosovo – Europe's sidelined challenge
Market in Peja, Kosovo. Photo: flickr/Cindy Dam
Market in Peja, Kosovo. Photo: flickr/Cindy Dam

Thursday, 15 March 2012, 9:30-13:00

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna
Favoritenstraße 15a
1040 Vienna

Kosovo – Europe's sidelined challenge


The Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, the European Stability Initiative and the British Embassy in Vienna, would like to invite you to a public seminar about "Kosovo – Europe's sidelined challenge" on the 15 March 2012. We want to discuss challenges for Kosovo's economy, its development and its relations with the EU.

Welcome: Mr. Hans Winkler, Ambassador, Director of the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Opening Address: Mr. Jan Kickert, Political Director, Austrian Federal Ministry for European  and International Affairs

Panel I: Addressing economic issues in Kosovo

  • Mrs. Mimosa Kusari-Lila, Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Kosovo, Pristina
  • Mr. Shpend Ahmeti, Vice-President of Lëvizja Vetëvendosje, Pristina
  • Mr. Lawrence Meredith, Head of Unit Kosovo Issues, DG Enlargement, European Commission, Brussels
  • Introduction and Moderation: Ms. Besa Shahini, Senior Analyst, European Stability Initiative, Pristina

Panel II: Kosovo and the limits of EU soft power ­Options for the future?

  • Mr. Enver Hoxhaj, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Pristina
  • Mr. Alexandros Mallias, Ambassador, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens
  • Mr. Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute of International Strategic Studies, Madrid
  • Introduction and moderation: Mr. Gerald Knaus, Chairman, European Stability Initiative, Istanbul/Paris

Full seminar programme

Please register till 12 March 2012 via
e-mail info@da-vienna.ac.at or
fax +43 1 5042265


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