Honorary President of the International Institute IFIMES Stjepan Mesić, former President of the Republic of Croatia, presented Academician Pejanović with the Lifetime Achievement Award. President Mesić highlighted the role and contribution of Academician Pejanović in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the most difficult period of aggression against this country and his state-building activities by strengthening democracy and the development of a multi-ethnic society.
International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) awarded a special award "for a special contribution to the affirmation of minority communities" to the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dr. Dritan Abazović (GP URA).
In a longer conversation, they exchanged views on current events in the Western Balkans, paying particular attention to the rule of law in order to ensure stability and peace in the region. The directors presented the activities of the institute and new projects in the current year with an emphasis on Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the institute has intensified its presence in the last few years.
This trilogy of Professor and Ambassador Dr. Jazbec presents a comprehensive selection from his rich and broad scientific opus of more than seventy published books and more than 130 articles on diplomacy and related topics, all in fifteen languages.
During the conversation, President Meta stressed that the opening of European Union membership negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia as soon as possible, as well as visa liberalization for Kosovo and its membership in NATO and the EU, would bring concrete and very positive contributions for the consolidation of peace, stability and security in the region, as well as for the prosperity of Albanian citizens.
Former President of Albania Prof. Dr. Sali Berisha presented current situation in Albania, the region and the country's position in international relations. He emphasized the importance of Albania's EU membership, and in particular the clear EU message that the countries of the Western Balkans will be accepted into full EU membership and not into a privileged or any other form of partnership.
“It is a great honor that the institute has new president, Donald J. Johnston. He is a world-renowned figure and it is difficult to find a more experienced, qualified and distinguished figure than President Johnston. We are proud that President Johnston has taken over the chairmanship of the IFIMES Advisory Board.”
The President of Albania Ilir Meta presented the current events in Albania, the role of Albania in international relations, and he stressed the importance of regional cooperation. In his opinion, the start of negotiations between Albania and North Macedonia and the EU is especially important. He called for both countries to start EU membership negotiations at the same time.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro presented the priorities of Montenegro on its path to the EU, the fight against crime and corruption, the rule of law, the importance of economic development of Montenegro and current events in this country. He emphasized the importance of the country's faster progress on the path to the EU.
In 2017, the University of Sarajevo and IFIMES signed a cooperation agreement. At the meeting, they discussed forms and ways to strengthen cooperation.