“Shaping Western Balkans Future in the Contemporary European Security Architecture “

19 May 2022

 The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bujar Osmani, presented at а press conference today the details surrounding the upcoming second edition of the Prespa Forum for Dialogue PFD2022, scheduled to take place this year on 16 and 17 June in Ohrid.

 How resilient is the world we live in? Can we claim that the Western/Euro-Atlantic security architecture built upon NATO and OSCE structures is able to maintain international peace? How prepared is the region to withstand the pressures of contemporary challenges? The discussions will be predominantly centred on topical issues, certainly seen through the prism of the region: building a resilient security environment; strengthening strategic partnerships; the European and Euro-Atlantic perspective of the region, mutual cooperation, climate change and impacts, etc." Osmani informed, announcing the theme of this year's edition of the Prespa Forum for Dialogue - “Shaping Western Balkans Future in the Contemporary European Security Architecture".

Pre-eminent guests from the region and beyond have confirmed their participation in this year's edition of the Prespa Forum Dialogue. The official opening of the PFD will be addressed by European Council President, Charles Michel, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, and incumbent OSCE Secretary-General, Helga Schmid. President Pendarovski, under whose auspices this year’s edition of the PFD will be taking place, is to host the official opening, while Heads of State and Government from the Region, such as Borut Pahor from Slovenia, Vjosa Osmani from Kosovo, Milo Đukanović from Montenegro, as well as Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, have all to date confirmed their attendance too.

 

"From a regional standpoint, it is particularly important that the Forum will be hosting key Special Envoys to the Western Balkans from the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Germany, i.e. US Deputy Assistant Secretary Gabriel Escobar, Miroslav Lajčák, Sir Stuart Peach and Manuel Sarazzin respectively. This is to be the first time that precisely all four Special Envoys to the region are to be joined together in one place or attending the same panel while visiting the region. What is especially important for us is that as part of the Prespa Forum for Dialogue, all four will take part in the B6 meeting with the foreign ministers from the region", Osmani underlined, pointing to the B6 initiative which was launched on his proposal last year also at the Prespa Forum Dialogue.

 

Participation in the Forum has furthermore been confirmed by a number of foreign ministers, including Zbigniew Rau from Poland, Gordan Grlić-Radman from Croatia, Ivan Korčok from Slovakia, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu from Turkey, Bisera Turković from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States, as well as others.

 

At the press conference, Minister Osmani announced this year's warm-up event to PFD 2022 titled "Road to Brussels," which is to be held on 25 May at Skopje Parliamentarians Club. Recognized experts and representatives of domestic, regional and European institutes and think-tanks have been confirmed as participants in the warm-up event such as Ioannis Armakolas from ELIAMEP, Maria Simeonova from ECFR, Milena Lazarević from the European Policy Center (CEP) in Belgrade, Ardian Hackaj, Research Director and Coordinator of the Tirana Connectivity Forum, Demush Shasha from the Kosovo European Policy Institute, Jelena Džankić from the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and many other renowned and respected figures.

 

Skopje, 18 May 2022