The Coordination Team of the initiative is comprised of four members: the European Fund for the Balkans – Aleksandra Tomanic, Executive Director, Milena Stefanovic, Programme Manager and the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz – Florian Bieber, Director and Marko Kmezic, Senior Researcher.
About the European Fund for the Balkans
The European Fund for the Balkans is a joint initiative of European foundations (Erste Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation and King Baudouin Foundation) that envisions, runs and supports initiatives aimed at strengthening democracy, fostering European integration and affirming the role of the Western Balkans in addressing Europe’s emerging challenges. The up-to-date programme strategy is focused on three overarching areas – fostering democratisation, enhancing regional cooperation and boosting EU Integration.
By implementing different projects, initiatives and activities, the Fund is supporting the process of affirming the political credibility of the enlargement policy across the Western Balkans region, improving the regional cooperation among the civil society in the WB region based on solidarity and demand-driven dialogue, as well as providing means and platforms where informed and empowered citizens will take action and demand accountable institutions and democracy. Their synergetic effects are focused on continuous reforms of the policies and practices of the Western Balkans countries on their way to EU accession, through merging of the region’s social capacity building with policy platform development, and a culture of regional cooperation.
About the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz
The Centre for Southeast European Studies was set up in November 2008 following the establishment of Southeast Europe as a strategic priority at the University of Graz in 2000.
The Centre is an interdisciplinary and cross-faculty institution for research and education, established with the goal to provide space for the rich teaching and research activities at the university on and with Southeast Europe and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration.
Since its establishment, the Centre also aimed to provide information and documentation and to be a point of contact for media and the public interested in Southeast Europe, in terms of political, legal, economic and cultural developments. An interdisciplinary team of lawyers, historians, and political scientists working at the Centre has contributed to research on Southeast Europe, through numerous articles, monographs and other publications. In addition, the centre regularly organizes international conferences and workshops to promote cutting edge research on Southeast Europe.