Expert conference

State Building and Economical Reforms in the Western Balkans

An Agenda for Security and Prosperity

The conference will focus on the changes that took place in the Western Balkan region. The objective is to assess the political and economic progress of the countries concerned and their convergence with the standards and policies of the EU.


Building and Economical Reforms in the Western Balkans –

An Agenda for Security and Prosperity

Hotel Aleksandar Palace, Skopje, 30.11. – 02.12.2005


Wednesday, 30th of November 2005


Ulrich Kleppmann, Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), Skopje

Pantelis Sklias, Constantinos Karamanlis Institute for Democracy (CKID), Athens

18.15Welcome speech of

Branko Crvenkovski

State President

18.45Welcome addresses

Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, Director of CKID

Ralf Andreas Breth, German Ambassador


Thursday, 1st of December 2005

09.30Opening addresses

Ulrich Kleppmann, KAS Skopje

Pantelis Sklias, CKID Athens

10.00 – 12.30 First session:

Stability, Security and International Relations in the Western Balkans

Moderator: Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, CKID


Radmila Sekerinska, Vice Prime Minister, Skopje(tbc)

Petrit Karabina, Deputy Minister of Defence, Albania (tbc)

Dusan Prorokovic, President of the Serbian Assembly’s Committee for Kosovo and Metohija

Dragan Barbutovski, Stability Pact

Bujar Dugolli, Minister for Trade, Pristina

Dragan Kujovic, Vice President of Parliament, Podgorica (tbc)

Torbjörn Sohlström, Policy Unit of Council of European Union

Olaf Theiler, Academy for Information and Communication of the German Federal Ministry of Defence

Miho Dimitrov Mihov, Bulgarian Ambassador

12.30 – 14.00Lunch

14.00 – 16.30Second session:

Economic Development and Regional Cooperation

Moderator: Delco Jovanovski, University of Sv. Kiril and Methodi, Skopje


Emil Tepavicarov, Ministry of Economy, Sofia

Joachim Rücker, UNMIK – DSRSG, Pristina

Dragan Penezic, Ministry of International Economic Relations, Belgrade

Angelos Kotios, University of Thessaly

Ion Pop, Director of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Bukarest

Ognyan Siderov, Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, Skopje


Friday, 2nd of December 2005

09.30Comprehensive review of the last day

Ulrich Kleppmann, KAS

10.00 – 12.30Third session:

Democratization – Institutional Reforms in the Western Balkans

Moderator: Katja Plate, KAS Berlin


Andreas Raab, OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission, Skopje

Aleksandar Vostic, Counsellor of Minister Petkovic, Pristina

Radu Carp, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest

Daria Duilovic, Senior Advisor, High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Aristotelis Tziambiris, University of Piraeus


Pantelis Sklias, CKID and Ulrich Kleppmann, KAS

13.00Lunch and End of the Conference

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Skopje, Hotel Alexander Palace


  • Branko Crvenkovski
    • Radmilla Shekerinska
      • Dragan Barbutovski
        • Bujar Dugolli
          • Joachim Rücker
            • u.a.

              Ulrich Kleppmann

              Ulrich Kleppmann bild

              Director of the Skopje Office, Macedonia