Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Serbian and Albanian PMs to take part in TV debate

Serbian and Albanian prime ministers Aleksandar Vucic and Edi Rama will "confront their positions" during a TV debate later this month.
Source: B92, Tanjug
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)
The 60-minute broadcast will be staged by the regional production network "Okruzenje", ran by the Thessaloniki-based NGO Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeastern Europe (CDRSEE) and the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB).
The debate will be taped in Vienna, Austria, on August 27, where Vucic and Rama will travel for the Second Conference on the Western Balkans.

According to announcements, it will be broadcast "on national televisions of all regional countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Serb Republic, Serbia with Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania."

Serbia's state broadcaster RTS will show the debate on August 31, while the Tanjug news agency will do the same "immediately after."

Goran Svilanovic, secretary-general of the Council for Regional Cooperation, will take part.

The Vienna summit is a part of the Berlin Initiative established last year by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The meeting in Vienna will be dedicated to energy, transport, science and education projects, and will also address last year's initiative to set up the Association of Western Balkans Youth.

Aleksandar Vucic has announced he will officially present his initiative to establish a joint remembrance day in the region at the summit.

Vucic and Rama met during the past year first in Belgrade and then in Tirana, "breaking the ice between the two countries" in this manner.

According to the announcement on Monday, the debate will be "a great opportunity to openly speak about joint interests and problems that prevent their realization."

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