22 Sep Invitation to the discussion “Challenges of energy transition and its sustainability in the Western Balkans today”
We invite you to the discussion of the Initiative for Engaged Democracy on the topic “Challenges of energy transition and its sustainability in the Western Balkans today”, which will be held as part of the annual international conference, the Assembly of political scientists, organized by the Association for Political Science of Serbia.
The discussion will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022, starting at 4:30 p.m. in lecture hall 1 at the Faculty of Political Sciences.
- Mirko Popović, RERI
- Aleksandar Macura, RES Foundation
- Žaklina Živković, Right to Water/Organization for Political Ecology Polekol
- Samir Lemeš, University of Zenica
Moderator: Gazela Pudar Draško
The European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) and the Institute for Democratic Engagement in Southeast Europe (IDESE) have joined forces to create the Engaged Democracy Initiative (EDI). EDI aims to include local movements and organizations, researchers, engaged citizens, and journalists in a horizontal regional network for the support, promotion, and implementation of the values of open, solitary, and democratic societies throughout our region.
The fact is that local initiatives remain spontaneous, often focused on individual issues, they lack strong national and even more horizontal regional ties and cooperation, as well as tools to achieve a broader vision of a better and fairer society. There is a need to empower citizens and strengthen those voices coming from local communities that are able to deal with and fight for common goals and public interests, as well as to engage in more participatory democracy and accountable institutions. Also, there is a need for strong true cooperation throughout the region and a valuable exchange of common knowledge and tools.
The purpose of the EDI network is precisely to express concerns together – locally, regionally and towards colleagues from the EU in order to create a solidary community committed to democracy and solidarity in our region.