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Call for Applications: Alpbach Summer School on European Integration in Belgrade, September 10 – 20, 2015


### Deadline has been extended until August 21st, 2015 ###

Club Alpbach Belgrade is proud to open call for applications for 9th edition of Alpbach Summer School on European Integration in Belgrade 2015 (ASSEI-B15). As official member of Forum Alpbach Network and European Forum Alpbach, in cooperation with University of Belgrade at Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, school will be held from September 10th to 20th, 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Each year, since 2006, Club Alpbach Belgrade has been organizing the Summer School on European integration in Belgrade. Therefore, this is the School’s 9th edition and we are very proud of it! After successful cooperation in 2012, 2013 and 2014, ASSEI-B15 is again taking place at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade. Also, this year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Club.


Deadline for applications is August 15th, 2015.

### Deadline has been extended until August 21st, 2015 ###

Eligible candidates

We are looking for 25 students (undergraduates and postgraduates) and young professionals under the age of 35 from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Kosovo* and Serbia.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with the UNSC 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

ASSEI-B15 Scholarship

ASSEI-B15 Scholarship is covering costs of participation: accommodation, reading materials, field visit, social events, whole-day excursion. Scholarship is not covering traveling and visa costs.

ASSEI-B15 Description

After successful completion of the course, ASSEI-B15 participants will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the EU and global affairs, EU enlargement processes and SEE regional cooperation. The knowledge provided is based on an interdisciplinary approach and modern teaching techniques. The school is divided into three modules:

  1. History and Culture
  2. Society and Politics
  3. Economy and Law

Each module is taught by two professors, meaning that the schools teaching faculty is comprised of 3 pairs of lecturers.

Classes are organized in the forms of lectures, interactive workshops and field visits to various institutions and organizations. Workshops and field visits are led by Mr. Bernd Kleinheyer.

Academic coordinator of the school is Mag. Juergen Busch, together with Mr. Bernd Kleinheyer, dr Petra Bard and dr Petar Bojanic.

Working language is English.

ASSEI-B15 Aims

A progress in the EU integration process means a growing need for further education in this regard in the SEE region. Also, there is a need for significant improvement of the cooperation between those countries. The project perceives regional cooperation and reconciliation as a precondition for the EU integration.

Recognizing this, ASSEI-B is built on two pillar-ideas:

  • to enhance the knowledge about history, law, socio-economic integration, policy areas and political systems of the European Union among students, graduates, postgraduates and young professionals coming from various fields such as laws, economics, political sciences, technical sciences, linguistics etc.
  • to encourage and initiate cooperation between youth of those societies, many of which have a history of conflicts and wars. Variety of country participants are coming from is an asset in this project. It will be used to initiate debates and discussions on topics such as post-conflict justice, prejudices and peace building. The project should develop a network of young, prosperous people, able to bring a European and regional perspectives to their environments.


Online application form is available below.

Final Program of ASSEI-B15 will be available on our website in the following days.

For any further information please contact us via email konkursi@beoalpbach.org


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European Forum Alpbach 2015 – InEquality

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In 2015, the European Forum Alpbach takes on the question of InEquality. Public discourse goes back and forth between the two positions: the negative outlook describes inequality as a deficiency hampering opportunities and reducing resources, whereas the positive interpretation considers it a driver for change and diversity. 

Scholarships for people with disabilities

We offer scholarships for people from various fields of studies and occupational groups, young graduates and motivated citizens with special needs up to 30 years of age, who would not be able to participate and travel to the European Forum at their own expenses. We offer financial support for expenses (e.g. caregiver), that relate to a participation at the European Forum Alpbach and kindly ask you to list these expenses and needs when applying for a scholarship to the Non-Profit Foundation of the European Forum Alpbach or to a Member of the Forum Alpbach Network.

For your scholarship application, please send us your Curriculum Vitae, a Motivational Letter, why you want to participate at the European Forum Alpbach 2015, as well as the Application Form for Scholarships (PDF). Please let us know about your special needs and which resources you will need in Alpbach and send us your application documents by regular mail until March 31, 2015 (postmark) to the European Forum Alpbach Franz-Josefs-Kai 13/10, 1010 Vienna. Alternatively you can send us a video message via E-Mail tokatharina.okulski@alpbach.org.



Austrian-Macedonian Days 2014

Club Alpbach Macedonia in cooperation with Austrian Embassy in Skopje organized the project “Austrian – Macedonian Days” which took place in ?kopje from 16 to 18 October 2014.

This fair and networking event consisted of two parts: panel discussions at the Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus” and Austrian Career Day at FON University. Three representatives of Club Alpbach Belgrade took active participation in this project and held an interesting presentation about Austrian Companies and Investors in Serbia.

The aim of the conference was to highlight the importance of Macedonia’s accession to the EU and further cooperation with Austria towards getting a date for negotiations. The emphasis was also put on the way how the Macedonian legal legislation could facilitate Austrian investments and the functioning and development of the Austrian companies in Macedonia, and create a good business climate.

Panelists at the conference were experts such as: Dr. Erhard Busek, the honorary president of the Forum Alpbach, Thomas M. Baier, Austrian Ambassador in Macedonia, Dr. Aleksandar Stojkov, Vice Dean at Faculty of Law “Iustinianus Primus”, Saso Ordanoski, VEVE-Group, Günther Fehlinger, Chairman of European Tax Reform, Nikola Popovski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fatmir Besimi, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Ylber Sela, Institute for Political and International Studies, and many others.

During the Career day Austrian companies in Macedonian were represented and they explained their activities and what kind of employees they are recruiting, which requirement should be fulfilled in order to get a working post and similar issues. The target group was students and young professionals, who are in search of employment. The Club Alpbachs were also represented having a separate representation table for Club Alpbach Macedonia and the Clubs of the EFA in the region.
After interesting panel discussions, members of the Network of European Forum Alpbach in the region of Southeast Europe had a formal meeting, in order to discuss about future projects and methods for improving cooperation and implementation of regional projects.
This event was not only a great opportunity to share the “Spirit of Alpbach”, but also to express gratitude to Dr. Erhard Busek for his support and contribution in countries of the South East European. In Cooperation with regional Alpbach Clubs/IGs including Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Bosnia, Club Alpbach Macedonia awarded Dr. Busek with a Certificate of Appreciation.
Enjoy the atmosphere via photos and videos published at Club Alpbach Macedonia Facebook fun page.

Call for Applications: Alpbach Summer School on European Integration in Belgrade, 11 – 21 September 2014

Club Alpbach Belgrade is proud to open call for applications for 8th edition of Alpbach Summer School on European Integration in Belgrade 2014 (ASSEI-B14). As official member of Forum Alpbach Network and European Forum Alpbach, in cooperation with University of Belgrade at Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, school will be held from 11th to 21st September in Belgrade(Serbia).

Online application form is available on our web site.

Final Program of ASSEI-B14 will be available soon.

For any further information please contact us via email julijana@beoalpbach.org or konkursi@beoalpbach.org


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European Forum Alpbach 2014 – Programme

At the Crossroads

Europe is a great idea. That is why the European Forum Alpbach brings great minds from across the world in order to discuss the future of the old continent. In Alpbach from 13th to 29th August 2014, they will, under the general theme “At the Crossroads”, engage with the course Europe has to set itself in order to be prepared for the future. Come to Alpbach and, together with renowned speakers from across the world, get a glimpse into the Europe of the future!

You can download program on following link http://www.alpbach.org/en/forum_2014/organization/downloads/das-programm-zum-runterladen/

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European Youth Summit: 100 for the Next 100 in the Danube Region (Sarajevo, 4-8 June 2014)

Europe is, just as 100 years ago, at the crossroad. This June, Sarajevo, just as one century ago, was the centre of the World. Only this time, the reason was much more pleasant.

European Youth Summit, with a symbolic title “100 for the Next 100 in the Danube Region” was held in Sarajevo from 04-08 June 2014. This event gathered 100 young professionals from the countries of the Danube region and South-East Europe and more than 40 representative from political, academic and civil society from all around Europe, in order to create a new thinking of future cooperation. Instead of looking at the past and what happened 100 years ago, they have discussed the different facets of the challenges Europe is facing today and will face in the future. The result of the Summit is the so-called Sarajevo Declaration. This is why
Sarajevo was definitely the place to be!

Participants of the Summit had a unique opportunity to discuss the challenges Europe and the region are facing nowadays, not just among themselves, but also with the key decision makers with different backgrounds – politics, civil society and extinguished academic members of the community.
Another aspect of the Summit were the workshops, which have provided participants with an opportunity to acquire more practical knowledge and skills from wide range of areas.

Organizers of the event were regional members of the European Forum Alpbach Network -young, educated and inspired enthusiasts from Croatia (Club Alpbach Croatia), Serbia (Club Alpbach Belgrade), Montenegro (Initiative Group Alpbach Podgorica) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Initiative Group Alpbach Sarajevo), gathered around a common idea – to contribute to the regional development and improvement of position of youth in the region. Partners of the project were European Forum Alpbach, Danube Competence Center and University of Sarajevo. Club Alpbach Belgrade together with its colleagues from the region believes that young people are a driving force towards change. This is why we wanted to mark the year 2014, the year of anniversaries, with a project that gathered young people in Sarajevo to show that we are looking towards the future, rather than living in the past. This project is our statement for the future we wish to have – together.

Without the financial support of our sponsors, which are individually huge, this event could not be realized. It is inspiring that our friends and donnors supported the event together and thereby take responsibility for the needs of the civil society. We wish to thank everyone who has helped us in any way, but speacial thanks goes to our colleagues and friends from Inicijativna grupa Alpbah Sarajevo/Initiative Group Apbach Sarajevo, Klub Alpbach Hrvatska (KAH), IG Alpbach Podgorica our amazing volunteers, and our partners: European Forum Alpbach, Danube Competence Center (DCC), University of Sarajevo, GIZ, Erste Stiftung, UNIQA, Raiffeisen Bank International and Sparkasse Bank BiH.

You can find more details and photos of the Summit on our official Facebook page:


EuroXibition in Kosovska Mitrovica


Initiative Group Alpbach Kosovo and Club Alpbach Belgrade opened the €uroXibition on May 10, 2014 in the facilities of the ICBM college in North Mitrovica in Kosovo.


The purpose of the exhibition was to break the wall of prejudice and myths through artwork. Ten young Serbian and Kosovar photographers have asked themselves ‘’Where is Europe in Kosovo and Serbia?’’

The event was opened by Mr. Shkumbin Asllani, President of Initiative Group Alpbach Kosovo and Ms. Sanja Milosavljevi?, President of Club Alpbach Belgrade.
The speeches were followed by H.E Monika Zach, Deputy Head of Mission, Austrian Embassy in Prishtina, who continued about how much it is important that this exhibition is held in Mitrovica.


Our special guest Dr Erhard Busek, Former President of the European Forum Alpbach and Former Coordinator of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe, gave a speech regarding the idea of €uroXibition and cooperation between young people from Kosovo and Serbia.

Mr. Taulant Hodaj, former President of Initiative Group Alpbach Kosovo gave a brief explanation of the €uroXibition. Mr. Halil Halili and Ms. Milena Goševski, artists from Prishtina and Belgrade, stressed the importance of the common goal of both communities to be part the European Union.


On their journey to break prejudice and myths through artwork, the photos of “EuroXbition” have already been on display in Prishtina, Belgrade, Alpbach, Brussels, Vienna and Zagreb. The exhibition’s current stop is Mitrovica.

My Europe Film Festival 2014

Club Alpbach Belgrade, together with Berlin based NGO ¬¬’Citizens of Europe’ and Austrian Cultural Forum, has organized the short-film festival “My Europe” from 7th to 8th of May 2014. The event took place at the Austrian Embassy. The films were inspired by the life of the young generation in Europe. Young authors described and provoked positive as well as negative sides of live of the old continent.


After the screenings the gathering continued with panel discussions touching upon the topic of traditions, European values, politics and other aspects of what Europe today is and what it should be. Discussions continued by approaching potential future European challenges.

Organization of similar panel discussions helps us to understand and capture new values and perspectives in Europe.

During the first day of the festival the emphasis and the major subject of the panel was “Politics & Policies” discussed with following speakers:

1. H.E. dr Johannes Eigner, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Serbia
2. Daniela Schily, Team Leader, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
3. Jovan Teokarevi?, Professor, Faculty of political sciences, University of Belgrade

Moderator: Nikola Djuric (Club Alpbach Belgrade)
The second day, with its major subject “Living in Europe” was dedicated to youth and discussed with following young professionals:
1. Sena Maric, – Researcher, European Policy Centre – Belgrade
2. Nikola Jovic – Researcher, Faculty of Political Sciences
3. Mirjana Nikolic – Lawyer

Moderator: Jelena Ljumovic (Club Alpbach Belgrade)


Club Alpbach Belgrade has also used this opportunity to present the new research “Youth, Values and Identity behind the EU Integration” conducted by young members of the Club. For more details regarding this research click here.


European Youth Summit: 100 for the Next 100 in the Danube Region




Today, Europe is facing serious challenges in various spheres, from the economy and unemployment to growing nationalism and enlargement fatigue in many European countries, to name but a few. As the next generation, European youth should be involved when these questions are brought up. The European Youth Summit “100 for the Next 100 in the Danube Region” will bring together 100 young leaders with various educational and professional backgrounds from the Danube Region and South East Europe. Instead of looking at the past and what happened 100 years ago, they will discuss the different facets of the challenges Europe is facing today and will face in the future. What has to change in order to make Europe future proof over the next century?

Why “100 for the Next 100” is unique
We believe that young people are a driving force towards change. “Together for the future of Europe” is our main motto. This is why we will mark the year 2014, the year of anniversaries, with a project that will gather young people in Sarajevo to show that we are looking towards the future, rather than living in the past. This project is our statement for the future we wish to have – together.

What we want to achieve 
Our goal is to establish a network of young (future) leaders and policy makers who will find creative solutions to the challenges affecting Europe today. The participants of the summit will improve their skills in a variety of fields (public relations, leadership and media-related skills, lobbying and networking) and find a space to put those skills in practice. Invited experts, local and European politicians, scientists and artists, will deliver speeches and act as trainers and interlocutors to the younger generation in a series of working sessions on European questions. After the summit, a group of outstanding intellectuals will be equipped to broaden the debates on challenges they are facing today and to foster their own potentials for building a better society.

From the “village of thinkers” to future decision makers
The so-called ”Spirit of Alpbach” has inspired the members of the Forum Alpbach Network to get involved and have an impact on their societies for many years through local and regional projects. After so many years, it was but natural to join in a common project, organised by young people from Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia and create something valuable for the region and for Europe. We realise that we are responsible for our future and we wish to inspire young people in our countries to broaden their horizons and to help us build better society.

Who we are & what we do
We are the members of the Forum Alpbach Network from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. With the support of the European Forum Alpbach and the Danube Competence Center, we want to make a lasting contribution to the future of our region. Please find out more about our work here.

Share your visions for the future and join the summit
The project will welcome young, distinguished Europeans from the 14 Danube region countries and South East Europe with various educational and professional backgrounds. We are looking forward to applications of young political decision makers, scientists and graduate students, entrepreneurs and civil society representatives. Please apply by filling out our application form and sending it by April 20, 2014, to sarajevo2014@alpbach.org.

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European forum Alpbach 2014

At the Crossroads

2014 is a year of commemorations: it marks the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna, the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. We use these events as an opportunity to initiate a future-oriented discourse that takes into account the lessons learned from our past. Now as then, Europe is at a crossroads, and we have to take a series of fundamental decisions on where to go and how to continue. In which direction do we want to develop as a society? What are our ideas for an economically, politically and socially stable future, and how much are we ready to pay for it? Which steps are needed in order to promote the optimal level of development that transcends political and ideological barriers? In order to find answers to these questions, we want to look at a series of prognoses ranging from those that are pragmatically and politically possible to visions and apparently impossible dreams – keeping in mind that a final judgement can only be made in the process of critical analysis. At the European Forum Alpbach 2014, we will draw a sketch of the decisions and possibilities before us, analyse the corresponding opportunities and risks, and discuss ways to put them into practice.


Are you a student or recent graduate?
Do you want to participate in the European Forum Alpbach 2014?

More info on www.alpbach.org/en/efa14/organization/scholarship-programme-2014/

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