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The sixth Alpbah Summer School of European integration in Belgrade was held from 13 to 23 September 2012

This year we have completed the reform of the program that was designed to adapt knowledge on the EU to the regional circumstances. Thus, this year, our participants, in addition to basic knowledge about history, law and EU policies, will learn about regional integration, and all aspects will be discussed from global, European and local point of view.

New academic team is composed of six eminent professors and experts from Austria, France and Germany and Dr. Franz Fischler, President of the European Forum Alpbach and former EU commissioner and Renate Winter, judge of several international courts were guests at the program.

„The European perspective is realistic and attainable for the countries of South Eastern Europe. It is important for ASSEI Belgrade to give chance to young people from the region to look behind the scenes and discover the mechanisms of the EU, share ideas and become critically aware citizens," said the president Fischler.

Academic Coordinator, Jurgen Bush from the Law Faculty of the University of Vienna, highlights the importance of study visits, as one of the newer things in the program, proposed by the GIZ office in Serbia. Possibility of open discussions with all relevant stakeholders of European integration in Belgrade has given students a deeper perspective of the topic.

ASSEI-B presents a good practice example of cooperation between civil society organizations and public institutions such as the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory. Director of the Institute, Dr Peter Bojanic, stressed the importance of multidisciplinary approach of the schools to European integration.

The only thing that has not changed is the criterion for selection of participants – 25 students and young experts from the region of South East Europe, with superior academic achievement, during these ten days, have built strong mutual relations, breaking the boundaries created in the last 20 years.

Zoja Suroi, participant from Pristina, says that ASSEI-B provides a highly successful blend of academic knowledge about the EU and regional experiences in joining. All participants emphasize the credibility of the lecturers and speakers in the program, who were able to use  high academic standards with an open and relaxed discussions, in order to create "spirit of Alpbah" in Belgrade.

This year's summer school could not be held without the generous support of our donors and partners: GIZ Serbia, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Hypo Group Alpe Adria, European Fund for the Balkans, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Atlas Foundation and Raiffeisen bank.

More information can be found in our brochure in English.

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