On 19 April 2013, Serbia and Kosovo signed an agreement which has the potential to be historic if fully implemented. Mediated by the EU, it was designed to defuse the last conflict in the Western Balkans. The Brussels Agreement could be a harbinger of a new era in the relationship between Belgrade and Prishtina, as well as for their European transformation.
After more than a decade of no dialogue, Serbs and Kosovars are again learning to talk to each other. In order to support and facilitate this dialogue, CEPI has engaged leading local think-tanks from Belgrade (BCSP) and Pristina (D4D) in a one-year research-based project. Funded by the International Visegrad Fund, it aims to contribute to long-term normalisation of Serbia-Kosovo relations through a series of fact-finding missions, public events, and jointly-drafted policy memos with practical recommendations on the following topics:
Bilateral relations and the need for new agreements (issues, mechanisms)
As the V4 model of regional co-operation is highly regarded in the Western Balkans, the authors of this project believe that countries of the V4 can also be of assistance in this process. CEPI has enlisted a number of leading Visegrad think-tanks with a strong track record in EU enlargement issues: The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Hungarian Institute for International Affairs (HIIA), and Europeum (CZ).
The project’s outcomes will be presented at two major foreign policy conferences in Belgrade (September 2013) and Pristina (Germia Hill, 13 – 14 November 2013), at public debates in V4 capitals, as well as during a study trip to Brussels (Spring 2014). In addition, CEPI will assist its local partners in building their advocacy and public relations capacities, especially in respect to relevant EU audiences.