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    • What Can Western Balkans Learn from the Past to Build a Better Future?

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    • Date: 14 May 2019
      foto: IDSC
      foto: IDSC

      It is necessary to increase the mutual trust between the institutions in the region, it was one of the conclusions of the Tink-Tank Forum organized by the Institute for Democracy "Societas Civilis"  in cooperation with the Center for Eastern Studies from Warsaw and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Skopje on 13 and 14 May 2019 in Skopje.

      Researchers and representatives of civil society and academia from Western Balkans states and from Croatia, Slovenia, Visegrad states and other EU member states discussed the integration of Western Balkan states into the European Union, bilateral issues, security and mutual cooperation.

      At the round table dedicated to the common security challenges facing the EU and the Western Balkans, such as organized crime and the reform of the security and justice sector BCSP Researcher Sasa Djordjevic participated.

      "Organized crime is the biggest problem. Ten percent of the organized crime groups are acting like armies. Instead of building strong institutions, we are building strong men," Djordjevic said.

      Organized crime is a problem shared by neighboring countries that are members of the EU.

      "Organized crime groups are security challenges we in Slovenia are sharing too. We are struggling with the judicial aspect of prosecuting those groups and we are experiencing some sort of fatigue in the security sector," said Ivana Bostjancic Pulko of the Slovenian Centre for European Perspective.

      Donika Emini of the Kosovar Centre for Security Studies concluded that the problem of security cooperation in the region and the lack of confidence is complex with regard to conflicts in the past.

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