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Key messages from the second day of the 11th Belgrade Security Forum

BSF panel 3: 15 years of Serbia’s participation in Partnership for Peace: NATO should perceive Serbia as reliable and responsible partner, because Serbia has shown solidarity many times.

BSF panel 4: Western Balkans perspectives on the future of Europe:  Including the voice of youth in discussion about the future of Europe is the most important thing, as their interests are directly affected by this process.

BSF panel 5: Worlds apart – Chinese playbook for engaging partner countries: There are two types of interests that explain partnership between Serbia and China: economic interests on China’s side and political interests on Serbia’s side.

BSF panel 6: The Berlin process – what’s next?: Western Balkans countries need to broaden their cooperation which will not be focused only on economic growth, and use the Berlin Process in order to improve its position and access to the EU.

BSF panel 7: Civic engagement – change is coming. And hope too: There is a risk that people’s enthusiasm for civic activities will normalize a situation in which institutions fail to perform their functions, pushing people to rely on themselves and their actions. People still want to see responsible and responsive institutions.

BSF panel 8: The role of Roma in the EU recovery: Only way to really show solidarity towards Roma is to enable them access to the employment market. A stereotype that Roma people don’t want to work needs to be abolished.

BSF panel 9: Remembering and supporting victims of organized crime: Serbia can use the accession period as an opportunity to change the laws on victim protection. Currently, CSOs provide more assistance and support to the victims than the institutions in the Western Balkans.