15.11.2012 Conference ”Supporting democracy in multiethnic societies: sharing experiences”

Time: November 15, 2012

Place: Hotel Holiday Inn, Skopje

Working languages: Macedonian, English, Albanian

Organisers: Progres Institute, Kalevi Sorsa Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stigtung, Skopje

The confence is sent live. You can watch it here.

10.00 Opening

Ms. Hildur BOLDT Kalevi Sorsa Foundation

Mr. Saso DODOVSKI Progres Institute

Dr. Heinz BONGARTZ Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Skopje

Mr. Branko CRVENKOVSKI,  Former President of the Republic of Macedonia

Plenary Session 1: Multiethnic relations in Republic of Macedonia: Policies and practices

10:40 The baseline for ethnic relations and democracy in Macedonia

The panel will address some of the following questions: What is the context of the conference. Which factors improve and which factors deteriorate multiethnic relations in Macedonia? What experiences can be drawn from the elite level cooperation in regards to multiethnic relation? What is the current state of multiethnic relations and what is the outlook for the future?

Ms. Ermira MEHMETI DEVAJA, Chairperson of Inter-Community Relations Committee

Ms. Radmila SHEKERINSKA, Chairperson of the National Council for EU Integration, Republic of Macedonia

Dr. Ljubomir D. FRCKOVSKI, Professor, University St. Cyril and Methodius

11.20 Presentation of the project “Political and intercultural Dialogue – from conflict to common interest”

Video from trainings and workshops

Mr. Toshe ZAFIROV and Ms. Kaija KORHONEN: General presentation of the project and project activities in the action years

Personal stories and testimonials of junior trainers: Mr. Elgafar JUSUFI, Mr. Erol ADEMOV, Mr. Bojan KORDALOV

12.00 Discussion and Q&A session
Moderator: Mr. Nazim RASHIDI, Freelance journalist and analyst, Diversity Media NGO

12.30-13:30 Lunch

Plenary Session 2: The theory and the reality of the OFA and Ahtisaari plan

The panel will address some of the following questions: Is there a learning curve from the development of multiethnic relations in Macedonia and Kosovo? What are the achievements and what are the failures of the OFA and the Ahtisaari Plan? What did OFA and Ahtisaari plan provided and what are the unexpected consequences from them? What are the lessons for other cases?

13:30 The objectives and theory behind the OFA and Ahtisaari plans

Ms. Mirjana MALESKA, Professor, South East European University, Tetovo, Macedonia

Mr. Ilir DEDA, Executive Director, KIPRED. Former Chief of Staff and Senior Political Advisor to HE Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo

13:50 The implementation and reality on the ground

Mr. Dennis BLEASE, Cranfield University Centre for Security Sector Management, Shrivenham

Ms. Elena B. STAVREVSKA, FP-7 Project CORE Researcher, Central European University, Budapest

Dr. Rizvan SULEJMANI, Institute for Political and Intercultural Studies

Shpend KURSANI, Senior Researcher, Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED)

14:30 Discussion and Q&A session
Moderator: Dr. Zidas DASKALOVSKI, Center for Research and Policy Making

15.00-15:30 Coffee Break

Plenary Session 3: Democracy in multiethnic democracies: Lessons learned and next steps

This panel will address some of the following questions: What needs to happen for the goal of a society where people from different communities work together for common purpose to be achieved? What can we do to support such development and what are the recommendations?

Mr. Petar ATANASOV, Professor, Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research

Mr. Aleksandar SPASOV, Progres Institute

Mr. Baskim BAKIU, Institute for Good Governance and Policy Research

16:00 Discussion and Q&A session

Moderator: Mr. Ivor MICKOVSKI, Freelance analyst and columnist

16.45-17:00 Summary and closing remarks

Mr. Dane TALESKI, Progres Institute

17:00 Closing

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