Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant
Center for Europe University of Warsaw and Faculty of Law University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”- Bitola (North Macedonia) realizes in 2022 a grant entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”. This is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2022”.
The strategic partners of the project are: Institute for Research and European Studies (North Macedonia), Center for International Relations (Poland), Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje, University of Montenegro, University of Niś (Serbia), University of Gdańsk (Poland), University of Economics in Katowice (Poland), Polish European Community Studies Association – PECSA.
The Coordinators of the project: by the Polish side – Dr. Artur Adamczyk and Dr. hab. Kamil Zajączkowski; by the Macedonian side – Professor Dr. Goran Ilik – Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of “St. Kliment Ohridski ” – Bitola.
The aim of the project is to present Poland as a leader of political, economic, social and cultural changes in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The action is aimed at opinion-forming circles in the Balkans: employees and students of universities, non-governmental organizations and journalists in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. As part of the activities undertaken under the project, Poland will be presented as a model of a country that has achieved success in the field of security (NATO membership), in the socio-economic dimension (EU membership, social and family policy, regional policy, agricultural policy, urban development, start-up sector) and in the cultural dimension (attachment to traditional Polish values).
1.Organization of international workshops and conference on: “Poland and the Balkans in Europe – Successes and Challenges”, which took place in Bitola (North Macedonia) on 1-2 July:
– link to the conference program – click here
– link to the workshop program – click here
2. Conducting and recording a series of 10 webinars and 4 podcasts presenting Polish experiences for the Balkan partners;
3.Organizing an international conference in Warsaw summarizing the project (October/November 2022);
4. Preparation of a publication presenting the Balkan and Polish experiences in political, legal, economic and social transformation.
International conference and workshop in Bitola under the MFA grant (in North Macedonia)
From 30 June this year to 4 July 2022, the CE team, together with partners from the CSM, as well as from the CISM of the UW, made a study and conference visit to North Macedonia, as part of the MFA grant implemented by the CE of the UW.
On 1 July, a one-day international conference entitled Poland and the Balkans in Europe – Successes and Challenges was held in Bitola, in the beautifully restored Officers’ Palace. The conference was organised by the European Centre of the University of Warsaw (CE UW) under a grant entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations” in the amount of PLN 164 846, which is a public task funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in the competition “Public Diplomacy 2022″.
Apart from the main organiser of the project on the Polish side (i.e. CE UW), the main foreign institutional partner was the Faculty of Law “St. Kliment Ohridski” Universty-Bitola. And this very faculty was the main organiser of this conference. Other institutional partners were: the Centre for International Relations (Poland), ,,University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje, University of Montenegro, University of Niś (Serbia), Institute for Research and European Studies (North Macedonia). The official carrier of Polish guests to the conference is PLL LOT.
The conference was opened by Prof. Goran Ilika – Dean of the Faculty of Law, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, followed by speakers in the following order: Prof. Sasho Korunovski – Rector of this university, Dr. Toni Konjanovski -Mayor of Bitola, Dr. Kamil Zajączkowski – Director of CE UW, Mr. Wojciech Tycinski – Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to North Macedonia and Ms. Bisera Kostadinovska-Stojcevska – Minister of Culture of North Macedonia. The conference brought together around 120 people.
At the opening of the conference, Dr Kamil Zajączkowski outlined the main objectives of the project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These are, first and foremost, to strengthen Poland’s position as a leader in the CEE and SEE region and as a reliable European partner and ally of the Balkan states. As Dr. Zajączkowski pointed out, it is in Poland’s vital interest to fully integrate the Balkan states into Euro-Atlantic structures, as this will be an opportunity to stabilise this extremely conflict-prone region.
This was followed by four substantive panels of the conference entitled, in turn:
– Panel 1 Poland and the Balkan States in the Face of Global Security Challenges,
– Panel 2 Poland’s Successes in the Implementation of Political and Economic Reforms,
– Panel 3 Poland’s Socio-Political Achievements as an Inspiration for Changes in the Balkan States, and
– Panel 4 Poland as a Leader of Social and Cultural Changes.
The participants of the conference were both representatives of Polish universities and NGOs (University of Warsaw, University of Gdansk, Centre for International Relations, Institute of Central Europe in Lublin) and academic representatives and NGO activists from North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Romania (University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje, University of Montenegro, University of Niś, Institute for Research and European Studies, Babes-Bolyai University).
The conference had a hybrid character and was streamed online. The conference audience included academics, students, local officials, NGO’s activists and journalists.
The conference was followed by a festive cocktail party organised and funded by Mr Wojciech Tycinski – Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to North Macedonia.
On 2 July, a workshop was held as part of the grant entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”, a public task funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in the competition “Public Diplomacy 2022″.
The workshop was attended by approximately 35 people. The audience included students, academics and members of NGO’s.
The first workshop entitled: “Poland’s chances for building a strong position in the new international order” was led by Prof. Bodan Góralczyk, PhD. He began by conducting a quiz on knowledge of Poland, which revealed that for North Macedonia Poland is still a distant and little-known country. According to the workshop leader, Poland’s location “between Russia and Germany” is easily understood by the Macedonians, who are constantly struggling with external influences (Greece, Bulgaria, the Albanian problem). The Russian aggression against Ukraine started a new chapter in the history of Europe and the world with the final outcome still difficult to predict. Poland is actively pursuing a policy in the region, reinforcing its existing interventionist initiatives and proposing new ones (the Trilateral, the Lublin Triangle, even a London-Warsaw-Kiev triangle or a Polish-Ukrainian union). These will succeed on one condition, that Ukraine does not lose the war. Poland and North Macedonia must adapt to the new reality – a return to block logic. Poland bets on the USA, North Macedonia must choose.
The workshop entitled. “Poland tells Europe: Polish sites on the European Heritage Label list” was led by Ms Dorota Jurkiewicz-Eckert (PhD student at the University of Warsaw).
As part of the workshop, she presented the issue of promoting Poland in Europe and the European Union through its active participation in European Union programmes and activities for the protection and dissemination of the cultural heritage and history of the Member States within the framework of European Union policy. As a case study, she chose the European Heritage Label – an action/programme of the European Union which, since 2011, in a manner complementary to the UNESCO World Heritage Lists, promotes the tangible and intangible heritage of the EU Member States, which has played a significant role in the history and culture of Europe and in the building of the European Union. The idea of the workshop was to look at the EZD and other activities of Poland within the framework of EU actions and programmes, not so much from the EU perspective, but from the Polish perspective, and to show Poland – a member of the European Union – as a country that joins institutional activities for the protection and promotion of Europe’s cultural and historical heritage and the values inscribed in this heritage by promoting – also through entries on the EZD list – Poland’s multidimensional and multithreaded heritage and history.
Both workshops received a lot of interest from the audience, several questions were asked and an interesting discussion emerged, which had a seminal character. The Macedonian participants expressed their interest in Polish affairs and related them to the problems of their country.
The meeting was summed up by Prof. Goran Ilik, Dean of the Faculty of Law “St. Kliment Ohridski” Universty-Bitola, who emphasised the importance of the project for cooperation and the creation of a positive image of Poland in North Macedonia, and expressed his satisfaction that the grant will be continued.
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