20-21 June 2022
Group organized an exchange event of prominent civil society representatives of
Serbia and Kosovo on 20-21 June 2022, in Prishtina, Kosovo. Stemming from Balkans
Group pillar of ‘Advancing
Regional Cooperation & Good Neighbourly Relations’, this event aimed at setting the foundation
for regular exchanges of various groups of interest between the two societies
as means to improve communication and cooperation between the two.
to serve as a brainstorming session on re-energising the process, the activity
was structured in two main components.
The first part
of the event gathered around 50 prominent civil society representatives and
intellectuals of Kosovo and Serbia in a roundtable discussion. The Ambassador
of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo, Jens Erik Grondahl, gave an opening
speech that emphasized the importance of such meetings to Kosovo’s and Serbia’s
regional and EU perspectives as he called on the participants to make the most
of this opportunity. The roundtable produced a fruitful and constructive debate
structured around three different panels. The main subjects discussed were the new
dynamics of the Brussels-led dialogue process between Kosovo and Serbia, the
challenges of framing the right narrative and the necessary steps to move forward.
As per the second part, Balkans Group organised a series of
meetings between the representatives of the civil society of Serbia and the
Kosovo leaders and politicians. The representatives from Belgrade held separate
meetings with the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, and the Leader of the
Assembly, Glauk Konjufca. Representatives further had the chance to meet the
leaders and representatives of the main opposition parties in Kosovo, Memli
Krasniqi, Leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo and Lutfi Haziri and Shqipe
Mjekiqi, Vice-Chairs of the Democratic League of Kosovo. The activity was
welcomed by the participants in addition to the leaders of Kosovo, who
perceived it as a great opportunity to communicate and exchange their views and
Between the criticism of the existing political narratives in the
respective societies and the current geopolitical developments, participants
identified many options for re-energising the process and normalizing their
relations. The citizen’s support of the dialogue in the respective societies
was brought up many times during the discussion as a clear indicator of the
necessity to change the process’ direction.
This event was organized as part of the multi-pillar project
“Elevate peace & state-building agenda and advancing European agenda”,
funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pristina.