Conference: The potentials of South East Europe


The International Institute for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)




Nova Revija – Institute of Humanist studies


cordially invite you to the first two debates in the cycle of discussions on the topic

The potentials of South East Europe

What unites us, what divides us?

Why South-East Europe is not growing faster?  



Wednesday, 19 April 2017, between 14:00 to 18:00

at hotel "Lev", 13th floor, room "Grad" Vošnjakova 1, Ljubljana.


Eastern Europe comprises 11 countries, five are included in the European Union. It lies at the intersection between East, West and North Europe, as a bridge between Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and the countries of the Mediterranean. With its 50 million inhabitants, geostrategic position and natural resources, the region has unused potentials.  

In comparison with other developed regions of Europe, it has a burden of short democratic political tradition, the lack of development of knowledge and power, which would allow the positive growth trends, and national, ideological, religious and cultural patterns created throughout history. With the cycle of debates that will be in the future organized in different places in the region, we want to open up and expand space for development processes that will enable countries in the region sustainable development and a higher quality of life. The project "The potential of South-East Europe" will be introduced by Tomaž Zalaznik, director of the Nova revija - Institute of Humanist studies.


The theme of the first debate between 14:00 and 16:00 is

What unites us, what divides us?


● Archduchess and Princess Camilla Habsburg-Lothringen, director of the Euro-Mediterranean Diplomacy and Intercultural Affairs (EDIA) at IFIMES

  • prof. dr. Milan Jazbec, Slovenian Ambassador to Macedonia
  • Cheng Yu-Chin, director of EU-China Economics & Politics Institute, Praha, Czech Republic


Panel will be held in English, the conversation will be led by prof. dr. Anis H. Bajrektarević, professor of International Law and Global Political Studies, Vienna.


The topic of the second debate between 16:00 and 18:00 is


Why South-East Europe is not growing faster?


Janez Škrabec, co-owner and director of Riko d.o.o., Ljubljana

Blaž Košorok, COO, Akrapovič d.o.o, Ivančna Gorica

Anton Papež, director of Interenergo d.o.o., Ljubljana

Iztok Mirošič, former Slovenian ambassador to the UK and Italy


The panel will be held in Slovene, the conversation will be led by Assist. Prof. Zijad Bećirović, director of the IFIMES.

Live Stream link:


Please take your seat at the hall by 13.55 at the latest.


Attendance is free of charge, but we ask you to confirm your participation at telephone number (01) 430 15 33 or at




Ljubljana, 10.04.2017