European Economic and Social Committee
3rd Western Balkans Civil Society Forum
18-19 May 2010
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
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1 p.m. PRESS CONFERENCE. End of the Forum.