Serbia-Kosovo dialogue: a New Beginning with the End in Mind?

Đorđe Popović

07. July 2020

Serbia-Kosovo dialogue: a New Beginning with the End in Mind?

Balkan Dialogues Online Event

Together with our partners from the East West Institute and technical support provided by Concordia, BFPE organized third edition of the Balkan Dialogues initiative – this time online – on 1 July 2020.

After successful conferences in Belgrade and Berlin, as well as a special edition of the Balkan Dialogues at the Munich Security Conference, we organized a digital event amidst challenging times following the global outbreak of COVID19 and heightened tensions in the Western Balkans.

Given the latest developments in the region, as well as a potential restart of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in the next six months, Balkan Dialogues aimed to address substantive issues in Kosovo-Serbia negotiation, including key elements of any future Serbia-Kosovo agreement and the potential to strengthen regional cooperation in the Western Balkans.

Restart of the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue, political issues that follow this highly complexed process, economic cooperation in the region, as well as the necessity of unified transatlantic approach to achievement of comprehensive agreement between the two societies were the topics for discussion for (among others): Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to EU High Representative and Vice President of the  European Commission, Presidents of Serbian and Kosovo Chambers of Commerce Marko Čadež and Berat Rukiqi, Ivan Krastev, Chairman of the Centre for Liberal Strategies from Sofia, Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Miroslav Lajčak, Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other regional issues in the Western Balkans, European Union and Matthew Palmer, Deputy Assistant Secretary from US State Department.

(Photo: print screen by Milan Nič)