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The Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society, the Atlantic Council, and the Institute for Democracy are organizing discussions in the form of a round table in the period from November 23 to 25, 2022 in Skopje, North Macedonia.

The goal of the event in Skopje is to continue the constructive discussion on important topics affecting the region. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the main messages, conclusions and next steps within the framework of the Berlin Process, as well as relations with other initiatives (Political Community, Open Balkans, etc.). Then, about the geopolitical implications important for the future of the region, bearing in mind that the Western Balkan region is not immune to developments in international relations caused by the war in Ukraine. Participants will also have the opportunity to address critical aspects of socio-economic development in the Western Balkans, including a just transition, the potential harm that comes from supply chain disruptions and energy security, as well as the position of earlier sections of society.

The event will bring together representatives of state institutions and research centers from the Western Balkan region, representatives of relevant European countries, as well as the USA, experts from international think tanks and the academy with the aim of setting the stage for a dynamic and constructive discussion on the mentioned topics.

This event is organized with the support of the Open Society Foundation, the Balkan Fund for Democracy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Council for Regional Cooperation and the ERSTE Stiftung.

Consisting of decision-makers and experts from the six countries of the Western Balkans (WB6), including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, along with the European Union, the United States, Russia and China – the dialogues are designed to help increase and deepening understanding, while building trust between representatives of different geopolitical interests present in the Region today.

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