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LETTERS OF THE PRESIDENT

Author:
Boris Vukobrat

Reviewer:
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Publisher:
Peace and Crises Management Foundation

From September 1992 onwards, with the main aim of informing a certain number of people of the views of the Peace and Crises Management Foundation, Letters of the President have been published once a month initially and somewhat less frequently afterwards. They have presented a view of the crisis in the former Yugoslavia and the global problems of former Eastern European countries. There has been no major event that we failed to react to, consistently proposing ways of peaceful settlement of disputes and the integration of the whole area of former Yugoslavia into European and world development trends.

Our ideas have been received with approval by those striving for a constructive resolution of the wartime and post-Dayton situations, often inspiring discussions and plans.

In view of all this, it seemed logical to me that integral version of the Letters should be published now, thus providing an opportunity to review the activities of the Peace and Crises Management Foundation in the most convenient way. Faced with taxing problems, which have often led a considerable number of protagonists of the Yugoslav conflict from one form of extremism to another, the Foundation has striven to maintain a balanced attitude and, through its proposals and initiatives, improve the lot of those who were forcibly placed into a marginal position. We know almost everything about despair, and very little room has been left for hope. This is what our work is based on, and I should think that this book provides clear evidence of that.

Taken from foreword of mr. Boris Vukobrat

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European churches and human rights –
Current challenges and training material

Commission for Church and Society Conference of European Churches

Prepared by: Mr Elizabeta Kitanović

Publisher: Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Office in Belgrade

ISBN: 978-86-86661-64-7

Human rights are certainly the most current issue of today, especially in former socialistic, communist countries. In public, however, it seems that only some state institutions and NGO’s has monopoly above this subject, and that churches and religious organisations neither should or has interest to deal with it. Considering the fact that freedom of conscience and religion are the elemental human right, it is clear why human rights are important issue for churches and religious communities. The involvement of churches and religious communities in this area in pluralistic society we consider necessary and support it wholeheartedly.  

The publication in front of you is the result of longterm commitment of the Commission for Church and Society Conference of European Churches (KEK) in this important area, while the translation is enabled by Belgrade’s Office of Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Therefore we refer huge gratitude to Commission for Church and Society KEK’s on the trust they gave us for publishing of translated version of this valuable publication.

We especially thanks to His Grace Bishop of Bačka dr Irinej Bulović, with whose support is on November 2012 held seminar Human rights, religious freedom and belief for everyone, with participation representatives of Church members of KEK from the former Yugoslavia territory, and where was born the idea of publishing this publication.

We sincerelly hope that the material in front of you will be useful not just to churches and religious communities and to all who have interest for human rights, but for the common good.

Jelena Jablanov Maksimović

UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION

Taken from foreword of the Serbian language edition of the publication European churches and human rights – Current challenges and training material.

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ROLE OF CHURCHES IN THE PROCESS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATIONS

Author:
mr Elizabeta Kitanović

Publisher:
Službeni glasnik

ISBN: 978-86-519-1455-6

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Cross-border Cooperation

Authors:
Gordana Lazarević, Ivan Knežević and Relja Božić

Publisher:
European Movement in Serbia

ISBN: 978-86-82391-64-7

The publication Cross-border cooperation, which was published by the European Movement in Serbia, with the support of the Foundation Friedrich Ebert, represents the first comprehensive review in the area of cross-border cooperation in Serbian language. In this work, authors elaborated all important legal and financial, subnational, national and supranational aspects of establishing, maintaining and developing cross-border cooperation in Europe. In the publication, primarily, a historical survey of developing cross-border cooperation in the Old continent is represented, with a detailed retrospective on significant documents in this area, primarily the Convention of Madrid, by which the Council of Europe more than thirty years ago offered the first legal frame for the establishing and for the implementation of cross-border initiatives on international level, which Serbia, although a member of this international organization, have not signed and ratified so far, which makes strengthening of this field in the West Balkans  more difficult and which has an effect on the potential of cross-border cooperation and so the possibility of making life conditions better for the citizens remain insufficiently used.

With a detailed description of the process and cross-border cooperation forms, as well as review of raised and realized programmes of the European Union in the cross-border area within regional politics, that is the programmes of cross-border cooperation by the end of the an actual financial frame 2007-2013, the publication also offers a survey of the programme of cross-border cooperation that the EU encourages within the politics of good European neighbours and a politics of spreading, representing two important financial documents – European neighbours and partners instrument (ENPI) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA).

In order that those people for whom the publication is intended – representatives of state administration, private and civil sector, academic community and media, employees in the area of the European integrations, and wider public as well – could understand why the continuation of cross-border cooperation strengthening in the context of caring out reforms and Serbian integration to the the European Union is important, goals of the EU cohesive politics are represented for the financial period 2014-2020, as well as the future of cross-border cooperation, especially candidate states and potential candidates for the EU membership.

Taken from the preface of the publication Cross-border Cooperation

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IPA - Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance
2007-2013

Authors:
Andrija Pejović, Bojan Živadinović, Gordana Lazarević, Ivan Knežević, Mirjana Lazović and Ognjen Mirić

Publisher:
European Movement in Serbia

ISBN: 978-86-82391-63-0

The publication about the Instrument for Pre -Accession Assistance represents the third edition of a manual which deals with this European Union financial help instrument within regional politics for the budget period 2007-2013, which is intended for candidate states and potential candidates in the EU integration process. Taking care of commitments of candidate state, especially in the context of managing pre -accession funds, this time also, with a detailed terms explanations, their function, institutions and operative structures, explanations are necessary from the aspect of managing the EU funds – Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) and Decentralised Implementation System of the EU help (DIS), which refer to state commitment to establish statistic regions, that is to be able to manage the funds independently. Within IPA programmes, resources are predicted in the amount of 11,5 billion euros, and for Serbia 1,4 billion euros are intended by 2013. Irrespective of the “expansion tiredness”, Serbia should continue, not only to satisfy conditions for the EU membership, but to implement necessary institutional, political and economical reforms so that, during the process of the European integrations, open new, bigger possibilities to use help resources which this organization assigns to the candidates and to the potential candidates.

Taken from the preface of the publication IPA - Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance 2007-2013.

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MINORITY EDUCATION IN MONTENEGRO

Authors:
Vladimir Bošković and Neđeljka Sindik

Publisher:
U.N.O Libertask
Gojka Radonjića 11, Podgorica

ISBN:

Our members, the Union of NGOs Libertask with the support of the Fund for an Open Society, office in Montenegro and The King Boduen Foundation as part of the Minority Rights in Practice, issued a publication entitled "Minority Education in Montenegro ".

This publication gives an overview of the national minority education in Montenegro, with a special focus on Roma and Albanian population. The studies that were conducted in 2007 in 10 primary schools in multiethnic communities gave detailed information about this issue. The aims of the publication is an analysis of the data and proposing recommendations for the improvement of the education system, quality of textbooks in the mother tongue of minorities, the eradication of discrimination and other.

 

Managing Multiethnic Cities
in South Eastern Europe

Editors: Meghan Simpson i Radomir Šovljanski

Introduction: Gabor Peteri

Publisher:
Local Government and Public Service Initiative,
Open society Institute – Budapest, 2010

ISBN: 978 963 9719 170

Our members, Igman initiative and Association of Multiethnic Cities of Southeast Europe – PHILIA in cooperation with Local Government Initiative from Budapest jointly published a book Managing Multiethnic Cities in South Eastern Europe.

This anthology shows efforts and achievements in overcoming the postconflict problems in former Yugoslavia. Through a series of case studies, experts and practitioners analyse measures taken at local level aiming to strengthen peace and democracy and improve governing of multiethnic communities. They also analyse the contribution of these measures to the creation of “city diplomacy” in Southeast Europe.

The purpose of the book is to offer guidelines to the partners from Central Asia who is facing similar postconflict problems, such as new national borders, administrative reform and governing of multiethnic communities.

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NEOOSMANIZAM

Author: 
Darko Tanasković

Paperback

Publisher:
JP SLUZBENI GLASNIK, 2010 

ISBN: 978-86-519-0596-7

"Our prominent orientalist and diplomat wrote several remarquable works on the political islam and served as ambassador to Ankara. In several articles, interviews and lectures, he was the first one to recognize it is „neosmanism“, a new foreign strategy of modern Turkey that sees the Balkans as the traditional sphere of its interest and legitimate area of its political influence.

Here, before readers, is a concise, thorough and complete analysis of the „strategic depth“ (the title of Davutoglu's  program work) which resulted with operative platform used by the President Gül, the Prime Minister Erdogan and, mostly, the minister Davutoglu himself who paraded across our region lately. The author reveals to us that the Turkish diplomacy has several faces (Kemalistic, islamistic, panturkish etc), behind which is always the neoosmanism – the nostalgy for imperial times, combined with the total pragmatism. This explains so many confusing controversies: Turkey is the main American ally in the region, who accepted the Russian „South Stream“. Turkey is also a fervent candidat for the membership in the EU, and at the same time  does not respect the rights of Kurdish minority. Finally, Turkey is the only Muslim friend of Isreal, who in the same time is opening its arms to Teheran... Tanaskovic explains why Washington and Moscow, as well as Brussels and Beijing, keep silent. At the same time he warns Serbian politicians from Belgrade and Banjaluka not to reject a priori the agressive Turkish initiatives, but to keep an eye on their political background. Indirectly, he sends a message that in the Serbian national perception, Mehmed-pasa Sokolovic' biography is more associated with the sad Otoman custom of taking Christian children away, than it is a brilliant Vizir's career of one compatriot."

Review by Prof. Dr Nenad Kecmanović

 

Pipelines, politics and power

Author: 
The group of authors

Publisher:
European Movement in Serbia

ISBN: 978-86-82391-42-5

European Movement in Serbia, founder and a member of CIVIS, published in May 2009 the translation of the publication Pipelines, politics and power

Pipelines, politics and power is a translated publication of the London based Centre for the European Reform, published at the end of 2008. The study consists of 15 short and readable texts in which prominent experts, authorities and politicians give answers to numerous questions. Some of the questions are: “Does Kremlin use the energy issue as a political weapon? Why does the Russian oil and gas production is stagnating? Could and should the European Union try to diminish its dependence on Russian hydro carbonates? Are the EU and Russia in a pipeline war? What does the energy solidarity mean?” Russia is and will be in a short future the most important energy supplier for the EU. On the other hand, the European Union is the biggest and the most profitable market. That is why the energy will stay in the core of the more and more complicated relations.

 

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