With eyes on the Western Balkans Trieste Summit that will be held on July 12, 2017, the Civil Society Forum Series will again try to establish a common WB-EU platform dedicated to the current and future challenges in the Western Balkans, but first and foremost to European cohesion, which must be co-shaped with civil society, the policy community, media and other relevant stakeholders in the EU and the WB region as an important part of it.
WB Civil Society has a vision of the WB6 countries being part of one European family based on the same values and principles. In this optic, the next edition of the CSF, will be held on 26-28 April in Tirana, continuing to feed the Berlin Process, in the already determined direction. The Civil Society Forum Tirana will build upon the achievements of the Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans Summit Vienna 2015, and the Civil Society Forums in Belgrade, Paris and Skopje in 2016.
This time the Forum will build up on the broader issue of civil society contributing in setting the European agenda, in making and debating policy proposals and in evaluating policy results, and on formulating key messages and recommendations concerning the topics of the Trieste Summit, such as: (1) reflections about the current state and the future of the Berlin Process (2) rule of law/anti-corruption, (3) SME (small and medium enterprise) support and innovative platforms for cooperation, (4) bilateral issues.