In her recent trip to Tirana for the promotion of 'Okruzenje/Vicinities' Zvezdana Kovac gave an interview to Erion Kacorri's for 'Diplomaticus', a show broadcast on one of Albania's largest TV net
For the first time in two decades, a current affairs talk show, was broadcast simultaneously on eleven TV stations in Albania,Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. When the project was launched by the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in South East Europe (CDRSEE) and the European Fund for Balkans (EFB) in 2012, the idea was to gather people who speak mutually intelligible languages and spark dialogue between countries which don’t have a language barrier. We soon realized that language was the least of our concern when it came to conversation and that the absence of dialogue and communication skills was a much greater obstacle. This is why we expanded our partners and guests in the studio to those who speak Albanian, thus ‘covering’ the region of former Yugoslav countries and Albania. By doing this we enabled millions of viewers to hear different experiences and opinions on more or less common issues. Western Balkan societies have been trying to heal war wounds for over two decades, as well as cure and prepare our part of the world for the true acceptance of European values, and not only for EU membership. CDRSEE and the EFB wish to contribute to the fulfillment of these objectives through Vicinities. The significance of this project has been recognized and financially supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Germany. In recognition of its relentless efforts and determination, in September 2016, Vicinities received the jury award in the ‘Media Initiative of the Year’.”
EUROPEAN FUND FOR THE BALKANS
The European Fund for the Balkans is a joint initiative of European foundations that envisions, runs and supports initiatives aimed at strengthening democracy, fostering European integration and affirming the role of the Western Balkans in addressing Europe’s emerging challenges.The up-to-date programme strategy based on three overarching areas – Capacity Development, Policy Development and Regional Cooperation – is channelled via flagship programmes and selected projects, complemented with a set of actions arising from EFB's regional identity as a relevant player in its fields of focus. Their synergetic effects are focussed on continuous “Europeanisation” of the policies and practices of the Western Balkans countries on their way to EU accession, through merging of the region’s social capacity building with policy platform development, and a culture of regional cooperation.
CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY AND RECONCILIATION IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE
The CDRSEE is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Thessaloniki, whose mission is to encourage a democratic, pluralistic society characterised by European values, market economy under the rule of law and social responsibility and reconciliation among peoples. The board of directors of the CDRSEE, chaired by Dr. Erhard Busek, includes prominent figures from the region and Europe.
VICINITIES First Regional TV News Show – 3rd Season, Download here: vicinities2014_en.pdf
VICINITIES First Regional TV News Talk Show – 2nd Season, Download here: vicinities2013_en.pdf
VICINITIES First Regional News Talk Show, Download here: vicinities2012_en.pdf
WHAT OTHERS SAY
An interview of Zvezdana Kovač with Danijela Đonović, in the latest issue of ‘Grazia’ Magazine, Montenegro
The broadcasting of the sixth season of ‘Okruzenje/Vicinities’ continues at full speed, throughout the Western Balkans.
Our regular contributor, Croatian writer Renato Baretić, writes in his column about the first and still the only regional political talk show “Vicinities”:
The Western Balkan project ‘Vicinities’ occurs for the sixth year in a row by connecting experts and citizens of ‘Western Balkan countries’ by vocalizing important European topics of discourse.
In order to achieve top production standards, around 200 professionals were hired during the filming of Vicinities lead by executive producer Predrag Kajganic Pixi and director Milutin Petrovic.Thi
Out of desire to make Vicinities an interactive space where the online community will be heard, we will open the 6th season of Vicinities to our social media followers.
Standing as a beacon of media responsibility, free speech and proof that issues can be discussed and resolved with reasoned argument rather than violence, Vicinities has not only continued to make
Just like the free market shedding its accountability for the survival of the man in the street over the past two decades, so have the free media been shedding their accountability for their report