EU-WB - Jean Monnet Module


  • As a part of Jean Monnet Module a workshop had been organized dedicated to capacity building, networking and development of regional cooperation of professors and young researchers connected with are of rule of law and corruption throughout multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach. This workshop was organized in order to share best practice and address common problems of building networks of researchers of rule of law in the region of the Western Balkans. Focus was on development of applications to Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ dedicated to social science and guest lecturer was Dr Miroslav Rajter, Head of Research Office from Rectorate of University of Zagreb who presented succesful examples of funding, collaboration, building consortium, usual obstacles , and Q&A seesion was held afterwards. This Regional workshops should create group of regional researchers that can make constructive follow-up on other Erasmus+ programmes.

  • The Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) produced a documentary film, ‘The Medal of the Loud’ , dealing with whistleblowers in the region through testimonials of people who reported corruption, pointed to it as investigative journalists, and representatives of organisations and institutions dealing with this issue. The documentary saw its Croatian premiere in Zagreb within Jean Monnet Module on europeanization of the Western Balkans.

    It was produced under the RAI Project ‘Whistleblowers are important: Raising awareness about whistleblowing in South East Europe’ supported by the Regional Cooperation Council. Croatian partner of RAI premiere is Faculty of Political Science. Speaking in the film are Valentina Krstić, Nataša Škaričić, Anila Hoxhaj, Zoran Gavrilović, Radomir Ilić, Mevludin Džindo, Arjan Dyrmishi and Srećko Sladoljev.

    The film aims to draw public attention to the importance of the act of a person reporting corruption and of protection of these persons, to address prejudices and put a spotlight on all the benefits of this way of fighting corruption.

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  • National Institute of Culture and Ethics and Jean Monnet Module have jointly published the publication on “Combating corruption in Croatia in the Middle Ages” marking by this occasion the International Anti-Corruption Day. The presentation was held in the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb on Friday, 9 December 2016. Authors, doc. Dr Tomislav Galovic from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, Prof Ozren Kosanović from the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka, Prof Zeljko Radic from the Faculty of Law in Split, Prof Dalibor Čepulo and doc dr Marta Dragicevic Prtenjača from the Faculty of Law in Zagreb, and Prof Zdenka Janeković Römer presented the publication together with Dr Zeljko Jovanovic, president of the National Council monitoring the implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy, Prof Davor Škrlec, Member of the EU Parliament and Dr Mrčela Marin, president of GRECO, the Council of Europe anti-corruption body. This publication has been funded under the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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  • Second Jean Monnet International Conference Zagreb 2016 have been organized at the Faculty of Political Science University of Zagreb on 9 December 2016. The focus of this Jean Monnet Conference were key challenges facing the rule of law in the Western Balkans: judicial system, fight against organized crime, public administration reform, fundamental rights, freedom of expression, but foremost political corruption. Speakers from the region and abroad consisting from distinguished professors and also from young researchers presented their findings and research on corruption in theoretical and comparative perspective, including administrative and political corruption, effectiveness of Europeanization of anti-corruption in the region with case studies.
    This conference gathered academics from different universities, but also practitioners and experts from international institutions and non-governmental organisations that are dealing with corruption. This conference included experts from Faculty of Political Science Zagreb, Faculty of Law Zagreb, University of Graz, The Institute for Economics Zagreb, University of Sussex-UK, Central European University-Hungary, University of Milan-Italy, University of Oslo, University of Szeged- Hungary, University of Podgorica, Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) and Youth for Human Rights International.

    Jean Monnet Conference Zagreb 2016 – final agenda

  • In June 2015 Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb, hosted international conference, with the support of the European Commission, Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union, titled “Decade after the EU ’big bang’ enlargement: a future perspectives of the enlargement process”. Invited academics – from master students, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers, to long-time researchers, and tenured professors – submited papers that focus on the link between political reforms in candidate countries and potential candidate countries, the enlargement policy of the EU, and the influence of the enlargement process on the states of the Eastern partnership. More than 110 abstracts have been received, and there have been 24 presenters at the conference with scholars from Croatia, Europe, and beyond presenting many different policy aspects, all of them looking at the enlargement process from different perspectives.

    Jean Monnet Conference Zagreb 2015 – final agenda

  • Ambassador of the Republic of Albania in Croatia H.E. Ilir Melo gave a lecture at the Jean Monnet Module of Europeanization and the Western Balkans on Monday, May 25, 2015.

    The ambassador explained to graduate students of political science Stabilisation and Association Process in Albania and its path towards European integration, cooperation with countries in the region, with emphasis on Croatia the youngest member of the European Union. Mr Melo also commented the current developments in the south of Macedonia, media coverage of “Greater Albania” and protection of the rights of the Albanian minority in Serbia and Montenegro.

    Ambassador Melo stressed the importance of bilateral cooperation between Croatia and Albania in strategic projects and within the framework of regional initiatives, primarily through the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian region and the Adriatic-Ionian transnational cooperation program.

    The integration of the Albanian national minority in the socio-economic life of the Republic of Croatia stressed the importance of establishing relationships at the local level and partnerships on projects, emphasized the ambassador.

  • The Subversive Festival is an annual international fortnight of political, activist, cultural, educational, literary and artistic events that takes place in Zagreb, Croatia every May. Its activities are divided into the Subversive Film Festival, the Subversive Forum, the Balkan Forum and the Subversive Book Fair. The cross-cutting activity is the Subversive Festival’s Conference that includes major keynote lectures and round tables. One of the round table was organized by Jean Monnet Module coordinator on subject “Green Party in the Southeast Europe”. While Central and Eastern Europe was not led by autocratic political parties, the first decade of transition in all the countries of South Eastern Europe was marked by the autocratic tendencies of the ruling political parties, which today affects political life in these countries. This round table discussed about can it differently, is there a possibility to develop new parties focused on the priorities of the 21st century? Has the time of new parties arrived or has the South East Europe stuck into the patterns of the leading parties of the 1990s? Is this region possible to develop “green” political alternative? Participants were Mirela Holy (ORaH, Croatia), Dennis Gratz (Our party, B-H), Darko Pajović (Positive Montenegro, Montenegro), Ivan Karic (Greens of Serbia, Serbia), Kostas Loukeris (Ecologist Greens, Greece).

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  • Among its annual activities, the Jean Monnet Action supports the holding of an annual conference where themes of high relevance for the European integration process are discussed. Since 2014, the Jean Monnet Action forms part of the Erasmus+ Programme. On 1-2 October 2014 the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture organised the annual Jean Monnet Conference, devoted this year to “The Future of EU Studies”. High-level participants attended the conference, namely the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso; Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou; Director-General of the Commission’s DG Education and Culture Xavier Prats Monné; as well as two keynote speakers: Professor Joseph H.H. Weiler, President of the European University Institute, and Professor Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe. Other participants included former Presidents and several Members of the European Parliament, Jean Monnet Professors, policy makers and representatives from civil society. Dr Besirevic contributed to the Working Group 2 on EU studies: feeding results into policy-making.

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