On March 16 Serbia calls for re-election and the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised last weekend together with the Moderate Party’s sister organisation United Regions of Serbia (URS, former G17+) a youth conference on campaign and communication in Belgrade, Serbia. (more…)

October 25 – 27, 2013, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged a youth conference in Belgrade for youth from the Moderate’s sister party United Regions of Serbia (URS). The conference went under the theme of “ideology and policymaking” and was the first step in a four step program to promote democracy and European integration in the Balkan region. Accompanying speakers were Mr. Jonas Nilsson, director of public affairs at the Swedish Railways, and Mr. Veiko Lukmann, international secretary of Pro Patria and Res Publica Union in Estonia. (more…)

”Whether in Kenya or in Serbia, political campaigning is all about the same things” said Tomislav Damnjanović, campaign manager of G17 Plus  – the party that Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation works with in Serbia – in his opening speech. G17 Plus, which is represented in the coalition government, had selected around twenty young representatives from central and southern Serbia to travel to Belgrade for a three-day (March 1-3) conference arranged by the Foundation. All participants were active on the local level and most of them had already been involved earlier in campaigns in their hometowns. (more…)

”Right now, the most important thing is to fight the corruption”, said one of the young members of the Serbian G17 Plus – a small, relatively newly formed liberal party that is part of the ruling government coalition. Serbia has not only undergone wars and long periods of political misrule, today, the country is struck by an economic crisis and the unemployment number is reaching 25 percent. The gap of living standards between cities and smaller rural towns is growing and people, who cannot find jobs in the major cities, escape the country.



Finally it was time for the first out of two Summer Schools. About twenty young politicians from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Sweden met August 15-19 in Nynäshamn in Sweden to dig deeper into the principles of democracy. Nigel Ashford, professor at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University in Washington DC, was the chairman of the conference and seminars were based on his book “Principles for a Free Society”, written exclusively for the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation.  (more…)

June 8 -10, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged together with the Serbian party G17 PLUS the last conference in a serie of four. The previous conferences has been about topics as ideology, campaign, branding, EU-integration and now about politics on a national and local level. The speaker for this conference was Cecilia Brinck, MP, and Fredrik Saweståhl, Mayor of Tyresö municipality.

Saturday morning began with a session on “Principles Into Practice” led by Cecilia Brinck. She talked about how to combine the important ideological principles with both local and national politics. (more…)

May 25-27 a seminar was organized in Belgrade by the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with Demokratska Stranka Srbije (DSS)/Democratic Party of Serbia.

24 members of the youth wing were trained on ideology and policy making (Principles of a Free Society) by Patrik Strömer, Associate Director at Kreab Gavin Anderson, Clara Wahren, Advisor to Stockholm County Council CEO on Strategic International Affairs, Milos Aligrudic, Vice president of DSS and Former Vice chairman of the Council of Europe, Petar Ladjevic, Former Head of the State Agency for Human and Minority Rights and Aleksandar Popovic, Vice president of DSS. (more…)

Presidential candidate Tomislav Nikolic has won the presidential run-off in Serbia with 50 percent of the votes, while his opponent Boris Tadic got 47 percent, the Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) stated late on Sunday. The results are based on about 53 percent processed polling stations. The turnout was 47 percent. The final result will be announced within four days RIK announced.

It was a democratic election and we have to acknowledge the results, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on his blog “Alla dessa dagar” on Monday. “But that doesn’t reduce a considerable concern” about the future. Carl Bildt wrote about the risk that “forces with a different agenda than European reforms and reconciliation” might get hold in the region. Adding that the makeup of Serbia’s next government “is obviously of great importance, and there may still be a government based on a different majority than the one that gave Nikolic the victory”. (more…)

With almost 98 percent of the votes counted, social liberal incumbent Boris Tadić, Democratic Party (DS) received 25.33 percent of the votes, while ex-nationalist Tomislav Nikolić from Serbian Progressive  Party (SNS) got 24.99 percent in the presidential elections on May 6, reported b92.net. It came as no surprise that these are the two rivals that will face each other in the second round on May 20. Serbia won EU candidate status in March and both parties favor EU-membership.

The presidential candidate of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) Vojislav Kostunica won 7.44 percent of the votes, while the candidate of the United Regions of Serbia (URS) Zoran Stankovic scored 6.56%, reported the Serbian government on its home page srbija.gov.rs. The Hajlmarson Foundation is cooperation with both these parties. (more…)


General, local and presidential elections will be held in Serbia on May 6. Single national lists will enable voters, for the first time, to cast ballots at any polling station in the country. In previous elections, Serbs could vote only at their registered place of residence. Some 70,000 Serbians have joined political parties since the beginning of this election year, taking the total over the 2-million barrier in the country of 7 million, reports balkaninsight.com. (more…)