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First Belgrade Security Forum

12. 09. 2011

Which global developments influence the security of citizens of the Balkans? What lessons can the Balkan countries offer to other regions? Are EU policies relevant outside of Europe or is Europe losing the race with new economic powers such as Brazil, China, India and Turkey? These are only few of the questions which will be discussed by over 300 domestic and foreign senior officials from European countries, representatives of the European Union, NATO, scientific and research institutes, civil society, parliamentarians and journalists at the first Belgrade security Forum which will be held at the Central Military Club from 14th to 16th September 2011.

Three local civil society organisations: Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence (www.bfpe.org), European Movement in Serbia (www.emins.org) and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (www.ccmr-bg.org), are organizing the Belgrade Security Forum in order to place Belgrade and the region on the map of world security forums, where strategic topics are discussed. Following the example of similar conventions in Brussels, Munich or Bratislava, and in an open and critical atmosphere, the three-day Belgrade forum, with over 70 foreign guests, will discuss topics such as: energy security; the new role of Turkey, NATO and Russia in Europe; consequences of regime changes in the Middle East on our security; recipes for successful regional security cooperation; experiences of women as the heads of ministries of defence or international organisations, etc. The main topic of the Forum is: "The Balkans and global security: What do we have in common and what sets us apart?"

The opening of the Forum on 14th September will be preceded by a meeting of 20 young scientists from the region, whose papers have been selected during the competition in July and August, where we had an average of three candidates competing for one place at the meeting. They will present their research findings on the relations in the region and the place of the Western Balkans in Europe. The agenda, list of speakers, and any other relevant information can be obtained at the official site of the Belgrade Security Forum: www.belgradeforum.org.

Belgrade Security Forum is organised in cooperation with the Balkan Trust for Democracy and Slovak Atlantic Commission and with the support of UNDP, SlovakAid, and Embassies of the Kingdom of Norway, the United States and the Slovak Republic, ​Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, NATO and the European Fund for the Balkans. Friends of the Forum are: Holcim, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the British Embassy in Belgrade and Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces. Technical support is provided by: Tehnicom Computers. Media Partners of the Forum are: FoNet, Tanjug, RTS, B92, Novi Magazin, Politika, Blic and Vreme.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

-     The working language of the Forum is English, translation into Serbian is not provided except for the opening speech of president Tadić on 15th September at 10 A.M.

-      Press accreditation is mandatory here.

-     The evening sessions will follow the "Chatham House" rule - recording with a camcorder, voice recorder, phone or camera is not allowed. It is possible to report on the content of discussions, but without quoting the discussion participants.

(Serbian


For additional information please contact:

Ivana Ponjavić, PR Coordinator

Tel: 011 3640174, 0641777050

Mail: ivana.ponjavic@emins.org