October 6-8, members of the Youth Organization of VMRO-DPMNE participated in a conference on social media in political campaigns. New strategies to campaign effectively were discussed as well as how to deliver a successful political message.

September 22-24, party representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sweden, met in Sarajevo to discuss Balkan’s EU-integration.

The discussions focused on the refugee crisis and the management of the Balkan route as well as how to increase opportunities in the region. The economic integration of the region was also discussed. The women´s round table conference aims to create stronger networks in the region and to increase the participation of women in politics and leading positions.

27 September, 2017
12:00till13:00

The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held a lunch seminar with Tobias Billström and Gerald Knaus on corruption in the Council of Europe, Wednesday, September 27.

The seminar was sent live and can be watched here.

Read more about the seminar below.

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Participants in Skopje

June 16-18, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference for youth politicians in Macedonia, focusing on political communication and the country’s challenges after the elections.

June 7, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference in Riga on the developments in Russia and its relations with the Baltic states. Mikhail Kasyanov, former Prime Minister of Russia, and Andris Piebalgs, party leader of the Latvian centre-right party “Vienotība,” participated in the discussions.

Conference in Ankara, June 1.

June 1, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in cooperation with the Turkish think-tank Freedom Research Association hosted a conference in Ankara on countering violence against women. The conference gathered Turkish and Swedish civil society activists, journalists and policy makers involved in the struggle against gender based violence and harassments. The project was financed by the Swedish Institute’s Creative Force program.

After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court of Venezuela to take over legislative power from the National Assembly, where the democratic forces hold a majority, the situation in the country has remained tense. The court has reversed parts of the plan, but police officers and soldiers have harassed and attacked protesters against President Maduro. (more…)

Gunnar Hökmark and Maia Sandu during the seminar.

During the Moderate party’s annual regional congress, Sverigemötet, in Karlstad, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged a seminar on the political developments in Eastern Europe and how authoritarian regimes in our neighbouring countries could be prevailed.

The Moldovan Presidential Candidate Maia Sandu, party leader for the centre-right party Action and Solidarity Party in Moldova, was invited to give her views on the recent developments in the region. During the last year’s presidential elections, Sandu claimed 47.89 % of the popular votes in the second round-off. Sandu was the Minister for Education in Moldova 2012-2015 and worked before then as an advisor to the World Bank.

Gunnar Hökmark, Member of the European Parliament for the Moderate Party, gave his views on how decision makers in Sweden and Europe could support democracy and reforms among EU’s eastern neighbours. Hökmark has lifelong experiences promoting freedom and democracy in the Eastern neighbourhood.

The seminar in its entirety is available on YouTube here.

March 15-17, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a round-table conference in Visby on developments in EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. The discussions focused on the shifting geopolitical landscape, current trends in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia. Ukraine’s Vice PM Ivanna Klympush, Estonian Defence Minister Margus Tsahkna, Moderate Party Leader Anna Kinberg Batra and Carl Bildt, former Swedish PM and Foreign Minister, took part in the conference.

Youth Politicians from Macedonia outside Stockholm City Hall

February 21-25, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a study visit to Stockholm for a group of youth politicians from Macedonia. The program focused on local politics and the group met with representatives from the Moderate Party and the Moderate Youth League, and visited the Swedish Parliament as well as Stockholm City Hall.