I found that Balkan and the people that live here have their own experiences Can be a good example to Europe also the world..
Tourism in the Balkans
Interesting views that everything, but school, changed during the last 100 years; that we do not need money but systems; that the current education system doesn’t fit to reality; that we are dealing with basic challenges such as communication and bringing people together; and challenges to cooperation and exchange between the academia and educational institutions....
“Every language is a little treasure. Actually, all the Balkans have soul.”
A very pleasant coincidence at the University of Pristina. We met Mr. Zvonko Dimoski, Academic, from Macedonia, and his colleagues and students from Poland: Ms. Agata Prochowska, Ms. Eliza Danielewska, Ms. Monika Zdrzalek, Mr. Dawid Duda, Ms. Olga Gortych, Ms. Ewa Żero, who came to Kosovo to attend the seminar on Albanian language held annually by the Faculty of Philology of the University of Prishtina.
Anja Zivković says “I am an attraction in Kosovo – a Serb that speaks Albanian”. She is from Leskovac, currently residing in Belgrade and studying Albanian language and literature. She speaks Albanian fluently, as evidenced in this video-interview. And, loves Balkan languages.
Mr. Dukagjin Pupovci speaks about the education system in Kosovo, progress and challenges related to investments in infrastructure and income vs quality, and what PISA results indicate including with references and comparison to the region and to EU. Mr. Pupovci mentions the high unemployment (and an inactivity rate of around 60%) in Kosovo, provided by the Kosovo Agency of Statistics; that a number of young people either works in the region or countries of the European Union (EU) but that the unemployment is high in the entire region and the issues around limited employment opportunities, low salaries and sometimes language/culture do not make the region attractive.
Ms. Kristina Ercegović speaks about her business – what it takes to develop a successful business and potential to expand it in the region. She stresses the weaknesses in the education system - that education system does not respond to the needs of the economy (labour market), and mentions young people “the digital generation”, unexperienced and young people/graduates, and how businesses/institutions deal with problems instead of dealing and attracting talent, in other words identifying and investing in “the stars”.
Ms. Konstantina Zoehrer speaks about the evolution of The Balkan Forum and the role that it can play parallel to the Berlin Process in conducting advocacy by bringing all the voices together, so that one voice, a strong voice is supported by all the partner organisations and other stakeholders with a need and interest to develop the region.
Burim Ejupi, INDEP’s Executive Director, recommends establishment of an Energy Efficiency (EE) fund; that donors should provide separate funding for cross-border EE projects; and that people should save energy as they will save money.
Dokufest / Switch to the Future Debate
Ms. Berisha highlights FIQ’s and their partner’s role in the Western Balkans on supporting development and employment through encouraging youth participation and generation of new, innovative ideas, in entrepreneurship, green energy, agriculture, echo-tourism and other fields.
Mr. Pasovic talks about the paradigm shift, and the new age, new times, different times; that we have to read the time better and not get stuck and operate in the basis of old narratives.
Modern tourism industry can be developed only based on the world environment responsibility curriculas, however main actors relevant for the industry in Montenegro remain uniformed.
Aleksandar Dedovic, the director of ALFA center in Niksic, Montenegro, and Balkan Forum board member says that the wind of change in the region will come together with the new, regional – oriented generation.
Mr Ilir Bejtja, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Energy and Industry of Albania stresses how an open Balkan could be far more efficient; and that a regional energy market would bring far more benefits in terms of the cost that countries have to guarantee the energy to bring it to the consumer...
Ms. Tamara Cirgic, Programme Manager, Forum MNE, says main problem in the region, including in Montenegro, is that young people do not have the opportunity to meet and interact with other young people from the region, on any educational or other topics.
Ms. Olivera Brajovic, General Director for Tourism Development and Standards Directorate, Ministry of sustainable development and tourism, speaks about the competitive advantage of our region;
The countries in the region have some common features. Youth unemployment is one of them which in Albania is about 28%.
The National Agency of Vocational Education Training and Qualifications (NAVETQ/AKAFP) of Albania is part of the Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE) which is a regional platform for cooperation in the field of education and training.
It is very important that tourism offers a chance to some small, micro producers, households, to be involved in the whole story and offer their products.
Albanian journalist - media co-operation in the region today is so natural that it should continue to happen.
There is an enormous potential and need to establish regional cooperation.
We have taken all good practices and tried to incorporate in our academy.
Ms.Ivona Simic says that in creation of the law on our national academy, we took some case studies and practices from the whole region, for example Albania, Slovenia, and from other countries.
Video Interview Nenad Djurdjevic
Dr. Marija Risteska – “most important is the attitude of openness and cooperation that should be kept at very high level. And, maturity and curiosity of what others are doing and how can we collaborate and learn from each other. Regional cooperation is key to solving joint problems since almost none of them belongs to one country only.”
Anita Mitic, Director, YIHR Serbia: people in the region connect more things than divide, high unemployment especially among youth. People are more afraid from the unknown than from the enemy.
Boris Raonic, President of Gradjanska Alijansa in Montenegro, speaking about the ecological, economic and development impact of energy efficiency measures...
Leonida and Metodi speak passionately about their work and regional tourism. They stress the importance of connecting on government, NGO, business sector, individual level among the countries in the region.
Rade Rajkovcevski cooperation between educational institutions in the region, and between universities and private sector
Ms. Tijana Maljkovic, Ms. Mirjana Kovacevic, and Mr. Nenad Djurdjevic from Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia. Many good examples of cooperation in tourism, education and trade, and examples of massively unexplored potential that the region offers in these and other fields.
Sharing lessons learned and experiences with Tehnopolis in Niksic, Montenegro
The Balkan Forum was welcomed in Tirana by Ms. Eglantina Gjermeni, Minister of Urban Development of Albania, who passionately spoke about her work; cooperation with the ministries of tourism and energy, and provided numerous concrete examples of cooperation with other countries in the region.
A great conversation with Professor Dimitrov and Ms. Dimitrova Kapac on energy efficiency and legal framework on this and construction, environment protection, energy tariffs, etc. And, what more can be done to stop the pollution and to fully explore and utilise the potential that green energy in the region offers, including geothermal.
Multilingual brochures by MACEF, practical tools to improve information provision and public awareness on energy efficiency and energy saving.
In partnership with researchers from the region, the Balkan Forum has developed the Balkan Files, a database on regional cooperation. This free online resource serves as a tool for leaders in government, business, media, civil society, and academia looking to accelerate progress on regional development challenges. The database highlights existing and potential cross-border connections and relevant references and legal frameworks for each country as well as the European Union. Have ideas for the Balkan Files or want to get involved? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In September 2014, in cooperation with the Deputy Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of Albania, the Balkan Forum hosted a regional meeting on energy efficiency in the Western Balkans that brought together regional and European stakeholders to discuss concrete energy efficiency measures and agree on methods of regional energy cooperation including those established by the European Energy Community Treaty. Participants agreed that a regional approach toward energy efficiency is crucial not only in terms of bolstering EU integration processes, but also in creating direct benefits for citizens of the Balkans, such as increasing employment and contributing to stronger regional relations.
Final Report of the Energy Efficiency Regional Meeting, Tirana, September 2014