The countries of the Western Balkans continue to be an extremely important region for the EU with respect to economic and security policy. This was also underlined most recently within the framework of the EU-Western Balkans Summit, hosted by the Bulgarian President of the European Council on May 17, 2018 in Sofia with its repeated emphasis on the accession perspectives for the countries of this region.

From our perspective, an intensive cooperation with this region through Europe is urgently needed. Against this background, we will be embarking on a journey through time, taking a look at the countries of the Western Balkans in the year 2030. Have they fulfilled the expectations of a dynamically developing region? Or do we find ourselves in a community of fate in the process of re-inventing itself? In one hour-long discussion rounds, different, even opposing perspectives on the economy, politics, and civil society will be discussed. These include aspects such as economic development, external influences, connectivity, digitalisation, the future of democracy, or brain drain versus brain gain. The participants in the auditorium and online will contribute to the discussion using electronic means.

The regional economic conference will conclude with the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme of German Business for the Countries of the Western Balkans. The Internship Programme was initiated in 2003, after the assassination of Zoran Djindjic by the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation. In the past 15 years, more than 700 young professionals had the opportunity to receive a praxis-oriented training in German companies within Germany and are today active for German companies in the local job market. Follow us on:  Facebook  |  LinkedIn |  Djindjic-Stipendienprogramm DE  |  OAOEV-Stipendienprogramm  |  Internship Programme Of German Business

On 23 March 2018, the members of the German Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and the Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany unanimously voted in Berlin to merge both associations and form the “Ost-Ausschuss – Osteuropaverein der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.” (OAOEV; German Eastern Business Association). This new unified regional initiative bundles the competencies of the two traditional associations and promotes the German business in 29 countries of Central Europe, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. For more information please click here.

German-Serbian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Serbia) represents interests of its member-companies, offers informational support for their business and stands for the growth and stimulation of the German-Serbian Economy and cooperation in all Economic aspects. With over 320 member-companies, the Chamber represents the largest and most influential billateral organization in Serbia. For more information please click here.