Agenda

Session 1: Kosovo and Serbia - How Much Longer Before Normality?

September 30, 2015 , 16.30 - 18.00

In partnership with: the Council for Inclusive Governance (cigonline.net)

 Beograd Room 

Sixteen years after the end of the Kosovo conflict and two years after the signing of the Brussels Agreement, the normalization of relations between Belgrade and Prishtina is still questionable. Both Serbia’s and Kosovo’s EU perspectives are highly dependent on the success of the agreement between the two governments which should lead to the opening of the EU negotiating chapters in Serbia's case and visa liberalization for Kosovo. However, two years have been necessary for the two parties to agree upon provisions originally part of the Brussels Agreement. The obstacles to normalizations have been many – the status of the Association of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo, energy and telecommunications and ownership of companies undergoing privatization in Kosovo have been some of the major issues – and others seem to appear. Serbia is intent on preventing Kosovo’s membership of different international organizations – especially UNESCO and Interpol. The Oliver Ivanović case has risen to the fore along with the (resolved?) creation of a Special Court. However, the further we distance ourselves from the level of high politics the better the situation seems. Trade between Serbia and Kosovo – still a “gray market” to a considerable extent – has been finally recognized by the elites as an important contributor to growth, with chambers of commerce establishing cooperation. To this end, meetings between businesspeople from both sides have occurred in the recent past; lost connections are being reestablished and the new ones created. The economy can definitely contribute to normalization on the large scale but can it be the only driving force of this process?

Discussion topics:

  1. How to speed up the process of normalization between Belgrade and Prishtina?
  2. Can the populations afford to wait for another 5, 10 or 15 years?


Speakers
Marko Đurić

Marko Đurić

Director, Government of Serbia Office for Kosovo and Metohija‚

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Ramadan Ilazi

Ramadan Ilazi

Deputy Minister of European Integration, Government of Kosovo‚

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Samuel Žbogar

Samuel Žbogar

EU Special Representative in Kosovo‚

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Gordana Čomić

Gordana Čomić

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly,Serbia ‚

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Ilir Deda

Ilir Deda

Member of Assembly of Kosovo (Self-Determination Movement)‚

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Dukagjin Gorani

Dukagjin Gorani

Chairman, Common Voice, Kosovo‚

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Ljubiša Mijačić

Ljubiša Mijačić

Researcher and Advisor on Project Development, Zubin Potok‚

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Moderator: Alex Roinishvili Grigorev

Moderator: Alex Roinishvili Grigorev

President, Council for Inclusive Governance‚

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