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Evening Panel: Serbs and Albanians in 2025 as Friends and Allies: How do We Get There?

Evening Panel: Serbs and Albanians in 2025 as Friends and Allies: How do We Get There?

(in partnership with the Council for Inclusive Governance)

Discussion Topics:

  • Serbia and Kosovo are neighbors. Despite their fundamental disagreements today and tragic recent history, is it possible to move away from the terrible past and start rebuilding genuine neighborly relations? Is it realistic for them to become friends and allies within the next decade?
  • What needs to be done for this to happen?
  • What do both sides need to start doing today? What issues should they discuss? What should be resolved bilaterally and unilaterally? Where is cooperation especially urgent?
  • Do talks in Brussels provide a model or is there a better way? If so, what would that be? What is missing from the current dialogue?
  • What should outsiders, in particular the European Union, do to help?
  • How can the understanding reached at the top be transmitted to the population at large?

Speakers:

Samuel Žbogar‚ EU Special Representative/Head of EU Office in Kosovo

Marko Đurić‚ Director, Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Government of the Republic of Serbia

Amb. Ernst Reichel‚ German Special Envoy for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey and the EFTA States

Agron Bajrami‚ Editor-in-Chief, Koha Ditore

Besa Shahini‚ Senior Analyst, European Stability Initiative

Gordana Čomić‚ Deputy Speaker, National Parliament of the Republic of Serbia

Alex N. Grigorev‚ President, Council for Inclusive Governance (Moderator)