The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade launched the project entitled ‘Implementation of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue: does policy framework match the need of Serbian community in Kosovo?’ in September 2014 in cooperation with its partner in order to support research on the implementation of the agreements reached by Serbia and Kosovo and encourage exchange of experience and knowledge among scholars and professionals from Serbia and Kosovo as well as from Visegrad countries. The project is funded by Visegrad+ Grant of the International Visegrad Fund.

Within the framework of the project, state of implementation of the EU facilitated dialogue has been examined while particular attention was paid to that whether the dialogue address the challenges Serbs are facing in Kosovo and how it impacts their relations with Belgrade and Pristina. The project also emphasizes the need to consider the needs of Serbs living both in Northern and Southern Kosovo. Such an approach is essential to properly address problems that influence the life of a minority community and which are vital in the stabilization process in Kosovo.

Through research activities that involve all relevant actors (central governments, international organizations and local actors) and active discussions, partners intend to highlight results and defects of the dialogue and formulate policy recommendations where it is relevant. Outcomes will be disseminated through an international expert conference and a book of papers prepared by experts.

Project partners:
1.      Central European Policy Institute (Slovakia)
2.      EUROPEUM (Czech Republic)
3.      Forum for Ethnic Relations (Serbia)
4.      Democracy for Development Institute (Kosovo)

International conference - ‘Implementation of the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue: Results, controversies and future prospects’
Date: 24-25 March 2016
Venue: Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.