From February 28 to March 1, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation co-hosted a campaign conference along with the Party of Democratic Progress (PDP) in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  During the three-day conference PDP candidates from across the country were trained in campaign methods. The participants discussed a range of topics including the use of social media, electoral laws, and the country’s political trajectory.

On January 30 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a seminar about Brexit’s consequences and remaining uncertainties and how the Conservative and Unionist Party managed to gain a sizeable parliamentary majority in the recent elections. Conservative MP Vicky Ford and University of Stockholm economics professor Michael Lundholm discussed a range of topics about how to maintain EU-UK cooperation in trade, migration, market regulation, and other policy areas. The discussion was moderated by the Moderate Party’s Parliamentary Group Leader, Tobias Billström.

See a short clip from the seminar here.

The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a seminar with HC Hagman from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Kristina Sandklef, Senior Advisor at Consilio International, about Europe’s interests and approach vis-à-vis China. The discussion was moderated by former MEP Christofer Fjellner.

The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a seminar on December 2 with Merle Maigre from Cybexer Technologies about intereference in Ukrainian elections and Russian attempts to exert political influence. The seminar was moderated by Moderate Party MP Lars Püss.

Maigre’s talk was based on the report ”Post-election assessment of the cybersecurity infrastructure and interagency cooperation in Ukraine, with related recommendations”, which she co-authored. Read the report here.

The March 25 rally was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Belarus’s 1918 proclamation of independence from Russia and it is considered as the foundation of an independent Belarus. The Belarusian People’s Republic lasted until 1919, when it was effectively taken over by Soviet Russia.

Known as Freedom Day, the anniversary is traditionally a day for opponents of the authoritarian government of Alexander Lukashenko to stage protests. It accuses Lukashenko, who has been in office since 1994, of attempting to erase Belarusian identity and “Russifying” the country. (more…)

December 12, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation and Open Russia hosted a conference in Tallinn on new media and journalism for Russian independent journalists and opposition leaders.

After the conference, an award ceremony was hosted with the aim to honour Russia’s top independent journalists. Elena Milashina of Novaya Gazeta won the award for investigative journalism for her articles about honour killings and persecutions of LGBT-individuals in Chechnya. A topic that JHS focused on earlier this year at a seminar in Stockholm.

During the year, journalists in Russia have been under immense pressure. Many have had to leave the country while others have been attached at their place of work. The same day of the conference, Russian authorities decided to shut down Open Russia’s webpages in the country.

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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.

21 February, 2017till25 February, 2017

February 21-25, JHS organizes a training in Stockholm for members from the youth organization of the Macedonian centre-right party VMRO-DPMNE on how to succeed in local politics as a young politician.

The participants have previously taken part in a JHS training in Skopje, October 2016, on political campaigning and communication.