From Croatia to Kosovo: a European Peace in process?

The road to the EU is to pave the way for peace in former Yugoslavia. But the road is long and bumpy. This summer, after almost a decade of talks, Croatia will become the 28th member state of the European Union. Also Kosovo and Serbia are expected to move closer towards Europe now they have concluded an agreement on northern Kosovo. The EU has been a major driving force behind reforms and cooperation in and between these war-torn countries, but what are the effects of EU accession on the ground in Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo? How do citizens from the region see the EU? And how does the EU contribute to peace in practice, in conflict areas such as northern Kosovo?

We will discuss these questions with Jan Marinus Wiersma, a former Member of the European Parliament, Nemanja Nestorovic, civic activist from Mitrovica, and Justine Jones, a RUG PhD candidate on Transitional Justice in the Balkans. The evening will be moderated by Arjen Berkvens, director of AMS.


19.00 hrs Welcome with coffee & tea
19.30 hrs Lecture and panel discussion
20.30 hrs Group discussions with experts
21.30 hrs Network café


Please send an email with your name, organization/study, position and address to:
The evening will be in English.


Linking Europe co-organizes this event with IKV Pax Christi and Alfred Mozer Stichting. In our contribution we focus on the aspects of transitional justice and the citizen’s perspective on Europe as  a peace project.