December 9, 2019  Tirana, Albania


On December 7-9, 2019, in Tirana, Albania, CIG organized a two-day roundtable for senior officials of the political parties of the Western Balkan countries. The discussion addressed the region’s challenges on the path to EU membership and the role of the political parties in implementing democratic reforms. CIG has been supporting similar initiatives in the region for more than a decade. This CIG regional project is supported by the German Foreign Ministry. This is the second CIG meeting in this series. The first meeting was held in Skopje, North Macedonia, on October 19-20, 2019. A report of the first meting is available at:

Participants in the Tirana meeting included:

Arban Abrashi, Member, Presidency, Democratic League of Kosovo, Kosovo

Marko Djuric, Vice President, Serbian Progressive Party, Serbia

Natasa Gacesa, International Secretary, Socialist Party of Serbia, Serbia

Shpetim Gashi, Vice President, Council for Inclusive Governance, United States

Ardian Gjini, Deputy Chairman, Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Kosovo

Aleksandra Jerkov, Vice President, Democratic Party, Serbia

Belind Kellici, Member, Presidency, Democratic Party of Albania, Albania

Jeta Loshaj, Associate, Council for Inclusive Governance, Kosovo

Damjan Manchevski, Vice President, Social Democratic Union of Macedonia, North Macedonia

Damir Masic, Member, Presidency, Social Democratic Party, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Timco Mucunski, International Secretary, Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity, North Macedonia

Igor Novakovic, Associate, Council for Inclusive Governance, Serbia

Dusan Petrovic, Member, Main Board, League of Independent Social Democrats, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Haris Plakalo, Member, Party of Democratic Action

Alex Roinishvili Grigorev, President, Council for Inclusive Governance, United States

Xhelal Svecla, Member, Presidency, Self-Determination Movement, Kosovo

Teuta Vodo, International Secretary, Socialist Party of Albania, Albania

Ivan Vujovic, Secretary General, Social Democratic Party of Montenegro, Montenegro


Below is the report from the discussions.




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