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3rd Western Balkans Civil Society Forum 18-19 May 2010

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European Economic and Social Committee

3rd Western Balkans Civil Society Forum

18-19 May 2010

Draft Programme


Tuesday 18 May

8 a.m. Registration of the participants

9 a.m. Inaugural session

10.30 a.m. coffee break. PRESS CONFERENCE.

11 a.m. The relations between the European Union (EU) and the countries of the region: state of play

Chair: Mr Filip Hamro-Drotz, member of the EESC, President of the External Relations Section.

  • Mr Michael Leigh, Director-General, DG Enlargement, European Commission

  • H.E. Mr Branko Baričević, Ambassador, Head of Mission of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union.

  • Mr Eduard Kukan, MEP, Chaiman of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/1999).

  • Ms Metka Roksandić, member of the EESC, President of the Western Balkans Contact group.

1 p.m. Lunch break. Buffet lunch taking place in the Forum venue ( room: Atrium6)
2.30 p.m. How to improve the implementation of economic and social rights?

Chair: Mr Giuseppe Antonio Maria Iuliano, member of the EESC

  • Mr Mark Levin, Director, International Labour Organisation, Sub-regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe (ILO-SRO).

  • Mr Grigor Gradev, Executive Secretary of the Pan-European Regional Council, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

  • Ms Lidija Grupcheva, Association of Employers of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

  • Mr Ljubisav Orbović, President of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS).

4.30 p.m. Coffee break
5 p.m. What role for civil society organisations in monitoring the implementation of the Treaty establishing a Transport Community?

Chair: Mr Miklós Barabás, member of the EESC

  • Mr François Begeot, Policy Officer, International Transport Relations, DG Enlargement, European Commission.

  • Mr Patrik Zoltvány, member of the EESC, Rapporteur of the EESC opinion on Transport Policy in the Western Balkans.

  • Ms Katarina Mindum, European Transport Workers' Federation Executive Committee member, Railwaymen's Trade Union of Croatia.


6.30 p.m. Dinner taking place in the Forum venue (room: Atrium 6)

8.30 p.m. End of the 1st day.

Wednesday 19 May

9 a.m. How to further reinforce the capacities of civil society organisations?

Chair: Mr Hervé Coupeau, member of the EESC

  • Mr  Andris Kesteris, Principal Advisor - Civil Society and Inter-institutional Relations, DG Enlargement, European Commission.

  • Mr Nand Shani, Expert on Economic and Social Development, Regional Cooperation Council.

  • Ms Daliborka Uljarević, Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education, Republic of Montenegro.

11 a.m. Coffee break

11.15 a.m. Possibilities for future cooperation

Chair: Mr Sašo Klekovski, Co-President of the EU-The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee.

12.00 Closing address by Mr Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, European Commission


1 p.m. PRESS CONFERENCE. End of the Forum.



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