The Balkan Forum held a video-debate on the topic of Tourism. Present in the debate were the distinguished guest from Montenegro, Macedonia, and Kosovo, representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions that work in the field of tourism. Participants in the debate included: Damir Davidović- Secretary of State in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Montenegro; Ana Nives Radović – Director of Tourism Agency in Kotor, Aleksandar Dedović - The Balkan Forum Board Member; Sanja Golubović – Chief Editor of the magazine Caffe Montenegro in Podgorica, Milo Radonjić- PR Marketing Manager in Centre Ville in Podgorica, Vlado Srbinovski – Director of Balkania in Skopje, Macedonia and Virtyt Gacaferri – Founder of Balkan Natural Adventure in Pristina, Kosovo.
The topic of the debate was: “How can we maximize the benefits of the tourism season in the Western Balkans.” Some of the questions posed to the debate participants included: how we can best promote regional tourism, what are the strengths of tourism in our region, how to enhance investments beyond tourist season and how we can best strengthen the transport linkages and how to address the challenges.
The Balkan Forum will continue to organize such events in the future in order to foster an open discussion for a closer collaboration in the region in the field of tourism.
The following excerpt taken from EMES - International Research Network , provides an insight:
Konstantina, PhD student from Vienna University of Economics and Business, explains that the paper is an update on her master thesis pursued during her studies on Southeastern European Studies at the University of Athens.
She clarifies her motives for a very unusual choice of countries: “Given the fact that I was looking also into the influence of international actors, I focused on the status/ relation of each country with the EU: A longtime member (Greece), a new member (Croatia) and a candidate country (Serbia). The interest in the region is also because the region is “in between” Austria and Greece, and has a very interesting interconnected past, presence and future as my involvement with The Balkan Forum teaches me every day.”
More concretely, besides the analysis and comparison of the legal and institutional frameworks in Croatia, Greece and Serbia, her paper focuses specifically on how international, European and national actors are shaping the development of social enterprises in these countries. The paper attempts to identify the stages of development, similarities, differences and challenges of this emerging sector.
Further she adds some observations about particularities and challenges of this region:“When we speak about the development of the sector, we often tend to take examples from countries and regions where access to financial and human capital are advanced and taken for granted in many ways. In the region, you can see the notion that this is not the case and that it takes cooperation, mindfulness with the use of resources and consciousness that different models are possible.”
As Konstantina says “The EMES research conference was my first international academic conference where I presented and therefore the honour of getting awarded was even more intense. As practitioners we are in between spaces like activism, policy, academia and we understand the significance that we create bridges so that understanding and knowledge from all of them are connected and thrive.”
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The Trieste Summit will be an opportunity to discuss concrete avenues to strengthen regional cooperation and thus further advance the EU integration process of the Western Balkans
The 2017 Western Balkans Summit will take place on 12 July in Trieste, Italy. The Summit will serve as an important occasion to work together on strengthening concrete opportunities while fostering regional cooperation with the aim of developing inclusive societies, good governance and vibrant economies, hence also further advancing the European Union integration perspective of the region.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, and Violeta Bulc,Commissioner for Transport, will participate together with Heads of Government, Foreign Ministers, Ministers of Economy and Ministers of Transport of the Western Balkans and their counterparts from 6 EU Member States (Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia).
Discussions will focus on three key areas of regional cooperation: 1) Connectivity, 2) Regional economic integration/private sector development and 3) People-to-people contacts.