On November 24, the Foundation BFPE for a Responsible Society organized a round table in Skopje as part of the Balkan Dialogues initiative. Under the title View after the crisis – The future of the Western Balkans, the event was organized in cooperation with the Atlantic Council and the Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis.
The event in Skopje is a continuation of the dialogue on important topics affecting the region. The participants discussed the main messages, conclusions and next steps within the framework of the revitalized 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, potential damage from supply chain disruptions and energy security, as well as the position of vulnerable sections of society.
The participants had the opportunity to openly discuss all the mentioned and other topics with the President of North Macedonia, Steve Pendarovski.
The Balkan dialogues in Skopje were supported by the Open Society Foundations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Council for Regional Cooperation and the ERSTE Foundation.
Consisting of decision-makers and experts from the six countries of the Western Balkans (WB6), together with the European Union, the United States, Russia and China – the dialogues are designed to help increase and deepen understanding, while building trust between representatives of the various geopolitical interests present in the Region today .