Exchanging our Experiences for the Creation of International European Movement in Albania

On 16 November 2006, AGENDA Institute and MJAFT Foundation jointly organized the lecture on “Exchanging our Experiences for the Creation of International European Movement in Albania”, in the framework of EU Lecture Series.

The guest speaker was Mr. Danijel Pantic, is managing partner of National Counseling Company, European Advisory Group, based in Beograd. Mr. Pantic has worked for three mandates as Secretary General of European Movement in Serbia. He is one of the founders of International Institute for Transparency in Serbia. The participants were representatives from AGENDA Institute and MJAFT Foundation, civil society and students.

Mr. Pantic started by speaking on International EM in general and of the creation and role of EM in Serbia in particular stating that “EM in Serbia started by promoting EU values, mainly working on democratization and if you too don’t have a democratic country you can’t enter EU Integration Policies.” Mr. Pantic explained in brief the organization and functioning of EM in Serbia, stressing the collaboration with different important actors from Brussels such as European Commission and European Parliament.

Mr. Pantic raised the problem of the lack of dialogue in the Balkans. He also encouraged an open dialogue and regional collaboration stating that “You can’t enter EU if you don’t cooperate with your neighbors.” Mr. Pantic also emphasized how essential is the political consensus among different parties in the country to the EU agenda, stating that “Albania is one of the countries which has political consensus regarding the EU agenda. Unfortunately, Serbia neither has the political consensus nor a SAA with EU.” Other important components to EM and EU agenda are the presence of peoples from different works of life such as NGOs, business community, chamber of commerce, students etc.

Mr. Pantic concluded by stating that “There is still a lot of work to be done with Albanians and Serbians toward their education and maintaining public support.”

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