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The December dialogue dedicated to Europe between nationalism, populism and enlargement

Following the successful launch of this initiative in February 2015, fourth round of Belgrade Dialogues will be held on December 8th and 9th 2016.

“Belgrade Dialogues” are organized by the Forum Serbia Germany and Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence in partnership with Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies and with the support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy and the Council of Europe.

The Belgrade Dialogues initiative was set in motion on February 10th 2015 with the aim to strengthen Serbia’s decision to continuously pursue the EU membership, as well as to build further capacities for deeper reforms in its way to the EU, predominantly through an open dialogue between decision-makers and experts from Germany and other EU countries on one, and Serbia on the other side. The German-Serbian initiative for sustainable growth and employment was launched on May 28th 2015 between the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Serbia during the visit of the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Dr. Gerd Müller. On this same day, Prime Minister of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić and Dr. Gerd Müller had the opportunity to discuss on the Second Belgrade Dialogues. The Third Belgrade Dialogues held in September were dedicated to the problems of readmission and sustainable reintegration of returnees in Serbia, which have been intensified by the current migration flow. This occasion also served to present the research results of the «Study on Potential Migrants from Serbia and Returnees from Serbia» conducted by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, implemented within the German-Serbian initiative for sustainable growth and employment.

The Fourth Belgrade Dialogues will be dedicated to the subject “Europe between nationalism, populism and enlargement.” Keynote addresses will be provided by Bojan Predojević, Chairman of the Board of Forum Serbia Germany; Jadranka Joksimović, Minister without portfolio in charge of European Integrations, Republic of Serbia; H.E. Axel Dittmann, Ambassador of The Federal Republic of Germany in Belgrade; Oskar Benedikt, Deputy Head of Delegation of the EU to Serbia;

Professor Adam Fagan, Head of School of Politics and International Relations at the Queen Mary University of London and Professorial Fellow at London School of Economics will provide keynote address for the plenary part of the conference.

Two ensuing panel discussions that will consist of renown politicians, researchers and experts in the areas of European studies, international cooperation and development, will be dealing with the rise of nationalism and populism within the EU states, the crisis of the European idea and the possibilities for further EU enlargement.

After the panel discussion is planned to maintain two expert round tables, one of which will be held on 8th December and will deal with the influence of the European crisis on the economy of the European Union and the candidate countries, while the second roundtable, 9th December, will be focused on the concept and vision that Europe can offer for the future.

The strategic media partner of the conference is Tanjug News Agency.

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