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The last national event within alumni generation of the Annual Seminar has finished. The seminar was held from 14 to 16 September in Niš.

We started our program with a discussion on the future of political scene in Serbia with Professor Srđan Bogosavljević from Ipsos. After that alumni panel was held, where our participants talked with Saša Paunović (DS, Serbia), Marijana Puljak (Pametno, Croatia) and Marija Lugarić (SDP, Croatia) about democratic institutions in the Western Balkans region, citizen’s trust in state institutions, and improving the functioning of institutions in the context of EU integration.

The second day we started with a session dedicated to the executive branch and mechanisms of its democratic control, where we talked with Province (of Vojvodina) Secretary for Economy and Tourism, Ivan Đoković. After that, participants had opportunity to debate with Srđan Majstorović, President of the Governing Board of the European Policy Centre on the commitments of the Republic of Serbia in the framework of strengthening institutions in the process of the EU integration. Second part of the program was devoted to the topic of gender equality, and our guests were Commissioner for the Protection of Equality of the Republic of Serbia, Brankica Janković and Professor Nevena Petrušić.

The last day of the seminar was dedicated to the topic of civic initiatives, decentralization and minority politics in Serbia. We had opportunity to welcome Professor Đokica Jovanović from United Movement of Free Tenants, Danijel Dašić from the National Coalition for Decentralization, Mr. Ivan Bošnjak, State Secretary at the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government and Osman Balić, President of SKRUG-League of Roma.

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