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Franz Fischler, the president of European Forum Alpbach, ex-European commissioner for agriculture, rural development and fishery:

“We have clubs in more than 30 countries, and Club Alpbach Belgrade is one of the biggest ones. Some years ago, it became evident that Club Alpbach Belgrade is very ambitious, especially concerning the organization of  Summer School ASSEI-B as well as other projects of the Club. I have a feeling that there is also a good spirit within the club, and the friendship among the members too. The new team seems very keen to launch some new programs.”


Club Alpbach Belgrade is proud to open call for applications for 11th edition of Alpbach Summer School on European Integration in Belgrade 2017 (ASSEI-B17). As an official associate member of Forum Alpbach Network and European Forum Alpbach, Club Alpbach Belgrade will organize the Summer School, from 15 th – 25 th September 2017 in Belgrade.

Each year, since 2006, Club Alpbach Belgrade has been organizing the Summer School on European Integration in Belgrade. Therefore, this is the School’s 11th edition and we are very proud of it!

Deadline for applications is August 28th, 2017.

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*, Serbia + European Union countries.

* 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-B17 Scholarship

ASSEI-B17 Scholarship is covering costs of participation: accommodation, reading materials, field visit, social events, whole-day excursion. Scholarship is not covering travel and visa costs.

About ASSEI-B17

After successful completion of 10-day course, ASSEI-B17 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 missions are led by Mr. Bernd Kleinheyer.

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

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.

How to apply? Send us your CV and a motivational letter (max 1 page) via e-mail: office@beoalpbach.org no later than August 28th 2017.

Final Program of ASSEI-B17 will be available on our website soon.

FAN Spring Conference

Club Alpbach Belgrade was the  host to the Forum Alpbach Network Spring Conference, which took place in Belgrade, from May 26 – 28, 2017. This was an excellent opportunity for all of us who are involved in Forum Alpbach Network as associate members to get together and discuss achieved results, current activities as well as plans for the future relating to our Clubs/IGs. Besides that, our plan was to put forward one of the ”burning topics” being discussed at the EU level – “The EU enlargement in a time of uncertainty”, or in other words – what are the exact challenges facing the future of the EU enlargement. Many foreign and domestic experts and professionals from the field of EU integration took a part in this  discussion. Our associate members of Forum Alpbach Network also had an opportunity to enjoy very interesting social program that our team had prepared for them.

The EU enlargement in a time of uncertainty

May 26th, 2017

Assembly of the City of Belgrade

Guest speakers:

  • Dr. Tanja Miscevic, Professor of the Faculty of Political Sciences University of Belgrade and a chief negotiator for Serbia’s negotiations with the EU
  • Mr Caspar Einem – a former Minister of Interior of Austria and a vice-president of European Forum Alpbach
  • Mr Vladimir Medjak – a legal advisor at Serbian Negotiation Team and a former assistant director of Ministry of European Integration in Serbia
  • Jelena Babic – director of the EU Integration Center at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia

Moderator: Jovana Tosic, L.L.M., Executive Board Member – Club Alpbach Belgrade

FAN Spring Conference Belgrade 2017 was opened with  a very interesting panel discussion on topic “The EU enlargement in a time of uncertainty”. We had been privileged to listen to Ms Tanja Miscevic – a chief negotiator for Serbia’s negotiations with the EU, Mr Caspar Einem – a former Minister of Interior of Austria and a vice-president of European Forum Alpbach, Mr Vladimir Medjak – a legal advisor at Serbian Negotiation Team and a former assistant director of Serbian European Integration Office and Miss Jelena Babic – director of the EU Integration Center at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, all extremelly remarkable professionals and experts in the field of the EU integration. The EU enlargement process was discussed from both the EU and Serbian perspective. Understanding of significance of enlargement is extremelly important especially for acceeding countries, like Serbia.