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Conference: "The role of civil society in political and societal transformation- Perspectives from Poland and Macedonia"

Organized by: SEEU Institute “Max van der Stoel” and National Democratic Institute (NDI), supported by the Embassy of Poland

Date: 30 April 2015
Time: starting at 09.30 a clock
Venue: Lecture Hall 4, South East European University, Tetovo

"The Role of Civil Society in Political and Societal Transformation - Perspectives from Poland and Macedonia"

Organized by: Max van der Stoel Institute of SEEU and NDI Macedonia, with the
support of the Polish Embassy in the Republic of Macedonia
Working languages: English, Macedonian and Albanian

CONFERENCE AGENDA

09:00 Registration of participants (coffee available)
09:30 Opening and welcome remarks:
  • Zamir Dika, PhD, Rector, South East European University
  • HE Jacek Multanowski, Ambassador of Poland to the Republic of Macedonia
  • Chris Henshaw, Senior Resident Director, NDI Macedonia
  • Veton Latifi, PhD, Director, Max van der Stoel Institute, South East European University
09:50 Keynote Address: “From Solidarity to Responsibility – Civil Society in
Poland”
  • Krzysztof Stanowski, President of the Management Board of the Polish Solidarity Fund
10:30 Panel Session 1 – “The Role of Civil Society in Political and Societal Transformation” - Academic Outlook
● Marek Rymsza, PhD, Deputy Director, Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw -Developing civil society and the non-profit sector. Lessons from Poland.
● Stevo Pendarovski, PhD, Professor of International Security, Foreign Policy and Globalization, University American College Skopje
● Mirjana Maleska, PhD, Professor, Doctoral School of Political Science,University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje
● Nenad Markovikj, PhD, Political Science Department, Law Faculty “Iustinian Primus”, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje
● Memet Memeti, PhD, Assistant Professor, South East European University
● Moderator: Maja Muhic, PhD, Associate Professor, South East European University

12:00 Coffee Break
12:15 Televised Debate – “Challenges for Civil Society in a Contemporary European Environment” – Audience Questions
● Krzysztof Stanowski, President of the Management Board of the Polish Solidarity Fund
● Mirushe Hoxha, professor, publicist, first woman presidential candidate in Macedonia
● Sasho Klekovski, civic activist, publicist, columnist
● Sasho Ordanovski, freelance journalist, publicist, political analyst,columnist, commentator
● Moderator: Aleksandar Peshev, journalist TV 24 News

13:15 Lunch (Restaurant, SEEU campus)
14:30 Panel Session 2 – “The Role of Civil Society in Political and Societal Transformation” - Civil Society Outlook
● Tomasz Horbowski, Founder of Common European Foundation

Responsibility, ownership and community involvement - NGO perspective
● Bardhyl Jashari, Director, Metamorphosis Foundation
● Petrus Theunisz, Team Leader, Civica Mobilitas Project
● Dona Kosturanova, Executive Director, Youth Educational Forum
● Orhan Ceka, Director, Liberal Alternative Institute
● Moderator: Agim Poshka, PhD, Associate Professor, South East European University

16:00 Closing Remarks - Representative from SEEU Max van der Stoel Institute
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