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Having in mind how important the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequences it will leave on the Western Balkans, on its societal fabrics, often difficult relations between countries and entities as well as various geopolitical influences, we would like to address issues and processes essential for regional cooperation. One of these issues is regional economic cooperation and integration.

Therefore, we would like to organize a 90-minute panel event with the following structure:

From Regional Economic Area to a (truly) Common Regional Market

Words of introduction:

Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council

Sonja Licht, President, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence


Tanja Miščević, Deputy Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council

Jim O’Brien, Vice Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group, Washington D.C.

Matej Zakonjšek, Director, Transport Community


John Jovanovic, Managing Partner, Joda Group

Comprised 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, United States, Russia and China—Balkan Dialogues are designed to help increase and deepen understanding, while building trust between representatives of varying geopolitical interests present in the region today. Balkan Dialogues are an initiative of the Atlantic Council of the United States and the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence.

 This event is supported by Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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