Release of a New Book: Balkan BlendMay 12th, 2011 Seminars | The Balkans | The European Union | Uncategorized
The authors in Balkan Blend, a new anthology published by the Hjalmarson Foundation, all describe – from their different views – the advantages of an EU membership for the Balkan countries. The book does not give any final answers and the views sometimes go apart, for instance in regards to the Kossovar independence.
An audience of about 40 people attended the release of the book <i>Balkan Blend – The Road to Renewal/i> on May 12. After a few words of welcome from the Chairman of the Foundation, Göran Lennmarker, Walburga Habsburg Douglas, MP and a Hjalmarson Foundation board member, gave a brief introduction to the eight texts in the book. “The anthology does not present any consensus opinion and the views sometimes differ,” Walburga Habsburg Douglas noted. She explained that all the writers, from their different views, describe the advantages of an EU membership for the Balkan countries. “I hope this presentation will encourage you to delve further into this book,” Walburga Habsburg Douglas summarized.
The book release also included a panel discussion on the developments in the Balkan region. Walburga Habsburg Douglas participated as well as the Austrian Balkan correspondent Christian Wehrschutz, who is one of the authors; Boris Barjaktarovic from Serbian G17+, former State secretary in the Ministry for Telecommunications and IT; and Nicola Lazic, Serbian MP and International Secretary of the DSS.
The EU membership was a crucial issue for the discussion: When is it due? Are there any strategies to be adopted by the Balkan states to convince all EU members of an enlragement as soon as possible?
Another important theme was how to achieve an improved cooperation over national borders as well as the Kosovo Independence. Finally, the panelists were all asked to give their three strongest wishes for the Balkans. The answers included peace, prosperity, EU-membership and an end to the brain drain.