Regional Consultation Meeting: EU – Western Balkans Cultural Relations

Regional Consultation Meeting: EU – Western Balkans Cultural Relations

Wed, 17/04/2019 - 12:04

17/04/2019

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The Cultural Diplomacy Platform organised a Regional Consultation meeting on 8-9 April in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

The meeting gathered 30 local cultural stakeholders from the six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia), as well as EU Institutions, cultural institutes and Member State representatives. 

During the two days, the participants discussed the needs and challenges of the cultural sector in the Western Balkans in thematic group sessions facilitated by regional experts. 

The thematic sessions centred upon three themes:

  • Regional and international collaboration in culture;
  • Participatory governance in culture;
  • Cross-sectoral cooperation.

The discussions led to a set of proposals, which will be later compiled and published.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.