What kind of social agenda for the Western Balkans?

Regional conference, 25-26 May 2011, Sarajevo, BiH

The conference, which was organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat with support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), brought around the table relevant policy makers, social and international partners in discussing and identifying key challenges, opportunities and policy options for the social agenda in the Western Balkans.

This discussion focused on employment and poverty reduction/social inclusion in the Western Balkans and was followed by a series of events on more specific topics of relevance.

Media Advisory on the event is available HERE.

Statement to media by Deputy RCC Secretary General, Jelica Minic, at the event opening is available HERE.


The views expressed in the presentations below belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Regional Cooperation Council and its Secretariat. The RCC Secretariat is not responsible for content of presentations.

  • Jelica Minić, Deputy Secretary General, Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat
  • Yngve Engstroem, Head of Unit, Regional Programmes, DG Enlargement, European Commission
  • Vladimir Gligorov, Professor, Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
  • Nand Shani, Expert on Economic and Social Development, Regional Cooperation Council Secretariat
  • Alena Nesporova, Deputy Regional Director, International Labour Organisation
  • Marija Kolin, Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Zdenka Kovac, NOVUM, Institute for strategic applicative research, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Will Bartlett, Research Fellow, London School of Economics, European Institute
  • Mary O’Mahony, Head, International Financial Institutions Coordination Office
  • Karl-Friedrich Bopp, Head of the Social Cohesion Policy and Standards Division, Council of Europe
  • Leon Herrera, Director, Directorate for European Affairs Council of Europe Development Bank
  • Boryana Gotcheva, Senior Social Protection Specialist, The World Bank
  • Jaroslav Kling, Project Manager, United Nations Development Project (UNDP) - Bratislava Regional Centre