U fokusu rada Instituta za evropske poslove je praćenje pregovora Srbije sa EU i jačanje kapaciteta svih uključenih u procesu. Imajući u vidu složenost i dugotrajnost ovog procesa, Institut okuplja veliki broj stručnih saradnika sa kojima organizuje treninge, debate i druga usavršavanja zato što želimo da svojim radom doprnesemo boljem razumevanju evroatlantskih integracija. Institut radi na organizovanju treninga i pružanju multiperspektivnih informacija kako bismo omogućili aktivno učešće stručne javnosti i građana u procese donošenja odluka. Institut aktivno zagovara i zalaže se za temeljne reforme u okviru pegovaračkog procesa i u saradnji sa partnerima jačamo kapacitete Srbije da se suoči sa izazovima u globalnom svetu kroz zajedničko delovanje, koje za krajnji cilj ima aktivno članstvo Srbije u evroatlantskim okvirima za dobrobit svih građana.

Reconciliation as part of the present and future

As we are well aware, one of the utmost justifications as to how did France and Germany, considered by many as tough foes with one another, achieved to reconcile and put their people’s interest upfront. Because their tendency for reaching peace was enormous, after centuries of war and hatred, eventually culminated with the world deadliest wars (WWI & WWII), their ambition was followed with monitoring some common interests that would serve both countries: European Coal and Steel Community. This endeavor created an atmosphere to find ways to reconcile and create peace. Besides several ideas like: organizing students visits from one country to another, they acknowledged that the best way to overcome these hardships on their relationship was through depending one another by increasing trade and managing resources collectively that could diminish potential to rage war in the future.

Thus, enabling people to make business and confronting ideas in a civilized way – through dialogue, was the tipping point for the start of reconciliation process. This model of advancing and improving relations must be at the core of the foreign strategy of political elites across borders: Serbia and Kosovo. With the conclusion of political dialogue culminated with April agreement in Brussels, there has been created a solid atmosphere to improve ties and accelerate the process of reconciliation. Thanks to pressure from Brussels and Washington, both parties have engaged seriously in solving judicial cases that have to do with crimes during the war.This has helped somewhat pretty much to ensure that the process of reconciliation takes fold eventually. Another matter that has to get done is the start of economic cooperation but no only that. The review of history textbooks will be of great significance since during the hardships academics were influenced by that-time circumstances by avoiding factual data and analysis.

Moreover, the dynamism of economic cooperation will undoubtedly push both parties make serious efforts to improve ties. Cultural and educational aspects may play a crucial role in this respect too. Since a quite long time ago, a regional NGO has organized several visits of students of both countries to come and visit institutions and have access to various public figures in order to have a thorough insights as to how and what has been done until now in regards to improvement of bilateral relationship. Additionally, we have had the chance to meet many students in Belgrade and shared our experiences and ideas as to how can, we the younger generation, come up with something new that would help foster the communication between our societies and thus hamper the prejudices that do exist. Of course, this programme has helped but serious efforts have to take place as well. These serious efforts have to do with high ranking official meeting to discuss the ways of communication and cooperation to deal with people’s challenges in order to improve their well-being. The whole region strives for better cooperation and enforcement of civil initiatives to overcome hardships and ensure peace and reconciliation is put in the right course and greater dynamism. Once the wellbeing of the citizens starts to improve, the reconciliation process will get easier…as did the example of France and Germany showed us.

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