The first Visegrad debate on Serbia – Kosovo dialogue was held on Thursday 12 December at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (HIIA) in Budapest. About 50 people attended the event, which evaluated the outcomes of the recent local elections and prospects for setting up of the Association of Serb municipalities in Kosovo. The debate took place few days before EU’s decision on opening EU membership talks with Serbia conditioned by full implementation of the April agreement between Belgrade and Prishtina.

The Visegrad event was opened by H.E. Rastislav Káčer, Ambassador of Slovakia to Hungary and András Király, Director of the HIIA and it was chaired by Beata Huszka (HIIA). Panelists included Leon Malazogu (Democracy for Development Institute (D4D), Prishtina), Nenad Djurdjević (Forum for Ethnic Relations, Belgrade) and Milan Nič (CEPI, Bratislava).

About the project

Supported by the International Visegrad Fund, this one-year project allows CEPI to engage leading local think-tanks from Belgrade (BCSP) and Pristina (D4D) to contribute to long-term normalisation of Serbia-Kosovo relations through a series of fact-finding missions and jointly-drafted research papers, public debates and policy briefs with recommendations. Partners from the Visegrad Group countries include the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Hungarian Institute for International Affairs (HIIA), and Europeum.