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The Balkan Dialogues Academy held its first session in Mavrovo, North Macedonia, from 11-13. June, bringing together a diverse group of people from civil society, government, and political parties across the Western Balkans. This important event aimed to tackle regional challenges by creating collaborative policy solutions.

Participants from various Western Balkan countries formed teams to address specific issues like economic integration, energy, and education. With guidance from experienced mentors and experts, they engaged in deep discussions to develop tailored policy proposals.

The Academy featured insightful presentations by renowned experts on key topics such as regional cooperation, the state of EU enlargement in the Western Balkans, and analyses of political systems in the region. These sessions provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of the broader context and challenges their countries face.

A standout feature of the Academy was the use of SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis for each policy proposal. This structured approach helped participants thoroughly evaluate their initiatives, considering both internal strengths and weaknesses and external opportunities and threats. This ensures the proposed policies are practical and impactful.

As the first session wrapped up, the Academy is eager to refine these proposals in future phases, focusing on practical implementation and measurable outcomes.

This post is also available in SRP.

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