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The EU is a promise to its citizens of a life of democracy instead of dictatorship, with the rule of law instead of arbitrariness, with equal rights instead of discrimination, it is the promise on joint efforts to increase prosperity and social protection and it is the promise of long-term security for a life of freedom and peace.

Democracy

The incoming president of the Foundation Dr. Ellen Ueberschär. 

Dr. Ueberschär succeeds Mr. Ralf Fücks as President of the Foundation.

The Heinrich Boell Foundation is organizing one of the five Workshops taking place at the Forum. The panel is dedicated to the environment, energy and climate changes.

Education & Open Culture

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As part of a series of events marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Dr Andreas Poltermann held a lecture entitled "Protestantism - or: Modernization of the World", on June 13th 2017 in Belgrade.

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To what extent should the private sphere limit the public one and vice versa – that was a subject of debate since the beginning of modern civil society in the 18th century, one that came to very much differing answers, historically speaking.

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Due to computerization and automatization, knowledge-based capitalism creates societal wealth with less work. Two fundamental questions arise from this: if the society is producing more wealth with less work, how can it then render every individual’s income dependent of the workload delivered by that individual? And further, how the economic problem, namely that, under the given circumstances, exclusion of labor leads to the decrease of the means of payment brought in circulation (salaries) and thus to the decrease of solvent demands.

Ecology & Economy

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The first Belgrade Crowdfunding Convention was held on 7 June 2017.

“If Nikola Tesla had stayed here, we wouldn’t have been able today to enjoy what he created. Today’s Nikola Teslas can choose – whether to leave for the USA, or to stay here and opt for crowdfunding. This means that we could have our own Tesla here with us today”.

Marko Gregović, Brodoto

In cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Vreme Weekly publishes a series  of articles entitled Political Climate dedicated to the issue of climate change in Serbia. The series attempts to examin Serbia's cilmate policies in the light of EU integration and the Paris Agreement.  

Europe

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The Kosovo Special Court will be operational on January 1. If it indicts all the persons mentioned as suspects in the Marty Report, this would represent a tsunami of sorts, one that could cause tectonic shifts.

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Compared to COP21 where the EU had a decisive bridge-building role between developed and developing countries in leading a strong climate coalition, in Marrakesh Europe appeared silent and divided. Despite the urgency for concrete and immediate actions to bend the curve and win the race against the clock, the negotiations in Marrakesh seemed to be moving in a parallel universe.

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world, even in supposedly democratic countries above reproach. Especially activists and organisations who advocate for democracy, human rights, and social and environmental justice are under pressure.

Publications

The Policy Paper “Overcoming barriers to business and normalization – Research of the economic and legal framework for doing business between Serbia and Kosovo” was prepared by the Forum for Ethnic Relations (FER) as part of the project “Economic Environment of Serbian Community in North Kosovo“supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation’ Office for Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo in Belgrade, in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
 

The education system in Kosovo has been subject to continuous change during the transition that emerged in the aftermath of the war in 1999. In recent years it has become increasingly evident that although it’s young population, the youngest in Europe, is indeed a great asset to the country, it simultaneously places an extremely heavy burden on both the education system and the labour market in Kosovo.

It seems as though the term citizen does not need a specific explanation. It is an inhabitant of a certain country or a city, a person with legally recognized citizenship, who pays taxes and fulfills their obligations to the community, and enjoys certain rights in return. But how often is that really the case? How many citizens in the world can say that they are true citizens according to this definition? Given the current global situation, not many. In this issue of “Perspectives”, our focus is on citizens and cities in the Western Balkans.

A hard copy of this issue you can order from our Belgrade office.

Housing in Serbia is in crisis. Over the last 25 years, housing has been transferred from collective to private ownership, which has shifted responsibility for the provision of housing to the private sector. Smarter Building was initiated in 2012 by the platform Ko Gradi Grad (“Who Builds the City”) to challenge this model.
 

Heinrich Böll Stiftung – Representation Belgrade

Welcome to the website of the Heinrich Böll Foundation's Office in Belgrade. We are responsible for the Foundation’s work in Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. In our topics sections (Democracy, Education & Culture, Ecology & Economy and Europe) we provide information about events that we organize independently or in cooperation with other organizations. We also provide information from various publications related to these issues that we consider important. The site contains information in Serbian and English. We hope that here you will find interesting material and useful information about important political and social issues.

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