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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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