Civil Society Forum

On 26 August 2015, 200 civil society representatives have the chance to participate in a discussion with renowned political leaders and present their proposals and concerns for the common future.

Absberggasse 27
1100 Vienna

Participation by invitation only. The event will be held in English.

Download the programme here.

Welcome drinks & snacks

Opening & welcome words
Franz Karl Prüller, Chairman of the Board of ERSTE Foundation
Angelika Losek, Managing Director of Superar

Concert of Superar
With children from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia
Sibelius “Andante Festivo” (orchestra)
Geronimo/Porić “Love People” (choir)
Trad. Peru/ Icochea Icochea “Poco a Poco” (choir and orchestra)
Beethoven “Anthem of Europe” (choir and orchestra)

Western Balkans Civil Society – The Unheard Voices
Presentation of five grassroots civil society organisations

Doraja Eberle, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of ERSTE Foundation
Ulrike Lunacek, Vice President of the European Parliament

Maja Raičević, Director of Women’s Rights Centre, Montenegro
Muhamet Arifi, Executive Director of Balkan Sunflowers, Kosovo
Larisa Suša, Co-Founder of Plenum Gračanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zorka Popadić, Director of Half Way There, Serbia
Jasmina Rajkovska, Director of Open Gate, Macedonia

Civil Society Forum
Introductory statement by Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Discussion in a forum setting in two circles including

Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania
Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister of Serbia
Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy &
Enlargement Negotiations
Igor Lukšić, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro
Igor Crnadak, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina

In discussion with six representatives of civil society:
Ardian Hackaj, Director of the public policy platform Shtetiweb at the Cooperation and Development Institute, Albania
Meliha Bajramović, Coordinator of Plenum Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Faik Ispahiu, Director and Executive Producer of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and Internews Kosova
Dona Kosturanova, Executive Director of the Youth Educational Forum, Macedonia
Dejan Milovac, Director of the Center for Investigations and Deputy Director of MANS, Montenegro
Aleksandar Simurdić, Secretary General of the European Movement, Local Council Novi Sad, Serbia

Moderated by Ivan Vejvoda, Senior Vice President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States

200 representatives of academia, civil society, culture, economy, media, and politics are invited to contribute to the main discussion.
Moderated by Ana Petruševa, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network

Flying buffet at Magdas Restaurant, Ankerbrotfabrik
Music by Balkan Lovers feat. Rambo Amadeus


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