Academics, religious leaders, policy-makers and NGO representatives came together at a conference in Zagreb on 23-24 June 2008 to discuss the role of intercultural dialogue for the Balkan region and for Europe as a whole.
The theme of this conference, organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture, was chosen in light of the 2008 European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. It also follows the tradition to discuss this subject at Jean Monnet Conferences, annual high-level events on current policy priorities in the field of European integration. The relevance of intercultural dialogue both for peace and stability in the Balkans and for the European perspective of the Balkan countries was an important reason to hold the conference in this region.
Keynote speeches by leading policy-makers and high-level representatives of major religions centred on issues such as peace and reconciliation between nations and cultures, the reintegration of the Balkans and the role of academics in the intercultural dialogue in the wider Europe.
The Conference constituted the main event outside the EU, organised by European Commission in the framework of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.