The European Commission recently adopted a new strategy regarding the EU’s engagement in the Western Balkans which stresses the geostrategic importance of the region to the EU in order to build a strong and stable, united Europe. Located at the heart of the Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina plays a pivotal role in stabilising the neighbourhood, hence the priority given in sustaining long-lasting sustainable peace in the country. Pre-accession negotiations can play a critical role in building durable peace through positive economic, political and social change.
However, Bosnia faces numerous security challenges, most notably the revival of extreme ideologies and nationalism that causes strive within the region, hindering actionable progress to achieve peace. QCEA and YPFP invites you to join an exciting debate aiming to provide you with in-depth insight on the latest political and security in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EU’s role in supporting peace and stability within the region. What is the role in building peace of the EU military operation in Bosnia- Herzegovina (Operation EUFOR ALTHEA)? How can pre-accession negotiations with the EU serve as a basis to further peacebuilding in the Western Balkans? What are the opportunities for civil society dialogue in the accession process? How can the EU further improve its engagement to support the reconciliation and democratization processes? How can one address the growing revival extreme ideologies and rising ethnic tensions?
In order to explore these questions, YPFP is honoured to welcomed the following panellists:
Opening Remarks: Olivia Caeymaex, Peace Programme Lead, Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA)
- Goran Bubalo, Founder, Network for Building Peace
- Manuel Munteanu, Political Desk Officer - Bosnia and Herzegovina, DG NEAR - Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
- Lieutenant Colonel Kyriakos Tzivris, Crisis response planning and current operations, EU Military Staff, European External Action Service
- Miranda Sidran, Deputy Head of Mission, Mission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the European Union (TBC)
A detailed programme is available here
Roll up for the first edition of the YPFP Monthly Social series! Let’s start off by getting together on a fun and relaxed evening of drinks, plans, stories and if you feel like it you can always exchange views on recent foreign policy issues. You’ll also get a chance to hear all about the range of events and activities coming up, mingle and mix with members, staff and friends.
This series is open to everyone and will take place every first Tuesday of the following months, so set your calendars, bring your friends and spread the word!
Saad Amrani, Chief Commissioner at the Brussels Police Department and Strategic Advisor to the Commissioner General of the Federal Police, will answer questions about security and integration in Brussels two years after the March 22 attacks. Which steps has the Belgian police taken in their radicalisation prevention and integration work? What can and should the Brussels community do to foster integration among its different ‘bubbles’? What are the lessons learnt and know-hows developed since 2016? The event is part of the Global Shapers Brussels 'Burst Your Bubble' initiative. The purpose of the project is to engage members of the Brussels community in conversations around ideological and cultural diversity across the Brussels region.
Mr. Saad Amrani is a leading advocate in the European capital’s fight against radicalisation and ISIS. In his position with the Brussels Police, Amrani is responsible for securing European Summits and other international high level meetings, maintaining public order at demonstrations, matters dealing with foreign born communities, and international issues. Since 2015, he had led a joint project between the Moroccan and Belgian police on radicalization issues.
This event is jointly organised by the ‘Burst Your Bubble’ project of the WEF Global Shapers Brussels Hub and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy - Brussels.
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