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Conference: One Decade after the Ohrid Framework Agreement. Lessons (to be) learned, Skopje, 24-26 June 2011‏

One Decade after the Ohrid Framework Agreement.Lessons (to be) learned from the Macedonian Experience

Hotel Continental, Skopje, 24-26 June 2011

The conference is organized by CRPM, KAS, FES, OSI Think Tank Fund

Friday 24th June 2011
12:00 - 13:30
*Working language of the conference is English. Consecutive translation will be provided only for non-English speakers at the opening of the conference. Opening of the conference
Marija Risteska, CRPM Executive Director
Abdulaqim Ademi, Vice-Prime Minister of the Government of Republic of Macedonia, responsible for the implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement
Heinz Bongartz, representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Anja Czymmeck, resident representative of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Goran Buldioski, director of the Open Society Institute Think Tank Fund
Keynote speaker: Florian Bieber, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, Austria
13:30 -14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Panel 1: The conflict, the agreement and the reconciliation: 2001 then and now
Panel Chair: Ljubomir Frchkoski, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia
Dane Taleski, Central European University. Post-conflict legacies and the Ohrid Framework Agreement: Discursive legitimation of the political competition between Albanian parties in Macedonia.
Papakostas Nikolaos, Institute of International and Economic Relations, Athens. The role of organized crime groups on the eruption of 2001 conflict and on the reconciliation process.
Oliver Stanoeski, University Ss Cyril and Methodius. One decade living in the margins: the unfinished task of the peace-building process in Macedonia.
Cvete Koneska, University of Oxford. Power-sharing and power-dividing: Education and Decentralization policies in post 2001 Macedonia.
16:00 -16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 Panel 2: Political belonging in post-2001 Macedonia: the authority of "ethnic identities"
Chair: Vasiliki Neofotistos, Assistant Professor, University of Buffalo, New York, USA
Franziska Blomberg, Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt am Oder. Democratic Spill-Over of Civil Society in Ethno-Nationally Divided Societies? - External Democracy Promotion in Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Ljubica Spaskovska, University of Exeter. In Search of a Demos: 'ethnizenship' and belonging.
Anastas Vangeli, Center for Research and Policy Making. Heritage, Loyalty, Membership: Semantics of Belonging in Contemporary Macedonia.
Martin Pechijareski, Central European University. The role of inter-ethnic conflicts on the integration of the Macedonian Society.

>> Saturday 25th June 2011
9:30 – 11:00 Panel 3: The Ohrid Framework Agreement in the Southeast European context
Chair: Dimitar Bechev, European Council on Foreign Relations, Sofia office.
Jan Mus, Warsaw School of Social Science and Humanities. How much politics in ethnicity and ethnicity in politics?
Ivan Toromanoski, Independent researcher. Changes in Construction of Macedonian Nationalism and the Nationalism of the Macedonian Albanians: From Peoples' Republic of Macedonia to "North-Atlantic" Republic of Macedonia.
Plamen Dimitrov, Bulgarian Geopolitical Society, Sofia. Ohrid Framework Agreement and its implications for the Balkan geopolitical status quo.
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Panel 4: Decentralization reform after OFA: towards greater power sharing or effective and efficient service delivery?
Chair: Gordana Siljanovska, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, Skopje.
Elena Davitkovska, University Ss Cyril and Methodius and Ivan Stefanovski, Civic Association MOST, Skopje. The Future of Good Governence in Ethnically Mixed Municipalities in Macedonia.
Biljana Kotevska and Aleksandar Cekov, Centre for Regional Policy Research and Cooperation "Studiorum," Skopje. Towards effective political participation of "small ethnic communities " in local self‐‐government in Macedonia (impact of the Ohrid Framework Agreement)
Aisling Lyon, University of Bradford. Municipal Decentralisation: Between the Integration and Accommodation of Ethnic Difference in the Republic of Macedonia.
Bojana Jovanovska, University Ss Cyril and Methodius. Decentralization Reforms in Social Services Delivery in Macedonia.
13:30 -14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Panel 5: Equitable representation for "non-majority communities" in Macedonia - Until when?
Chair: Zhidas Daskalovski, University St Clement of Ohrid, Bitola, Macedonia
Simonida Kacarska, University of Leeds. Equitable representation in the EU conditionality.
Marija Risteska, Center for Research and Policy Making. Insiders and Outsiders: Revisiting the Principle of Just and Equal Representation of Minority Groups in Macedonian Public Administration.
Jana Lozanoska, EuroBalkan, Skopje. Principle of non-discrimination and equitable representation in Ohrid Framework Agreement ten years after - Formal or substantive equality?!
16:00 -16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 Panel 6: The future of Macedonia and the region
Chair: Neophytos Loizides, Queen's University Belfast / University of Kent.
Benjamin Mols, Global Governance Institute, Brussels. The OSCE in the Western Balkans: Offering the Nescesary Future Perspectives for a Neglected Organisation.
Boyka Boneva, Institute for International Economic Relations, Athens. The Role of Bulgaria and Greece as catalytic factors for the European Future of the Western Balkans.
Georgios Kokkalis and Elina Makri, Cafe Babel, Athens. The `'New'' Macedonian Question : FYROM and Greece.
Olsi Baze. Kristal University, Tirana. The role of the Albanian factor on the EU integration perspective of the region.

>> Sunday 26th June, 2011

9:30 – 11:00 Panel 7: Lessons learned
Chair: Biljana Vankovska, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, Skopje.
Nenad Markovic, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, Skopje. Fears and lessons learned from the implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (2001-2011).
Premysl Rosulek, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen. Macedonia in 2011: stabilization or before the Framework Agreement II.
Marko Savkovic, Centre for Security Policy, Belgrade. Reaching OFA: What valuable lessons are there for mediators of the future?
Dusan Janjic, Institute for Social Sciences, Belgrade. Macedonia: A no noticed crisis?
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Special panel on The Initiative for RECOM
Speakers: Representatives of the Network promoting the Initiative for RECOM towards the establishment of a Regional Commission Tasked with Establishing the Facts about All Victims of War Crimes and Other Serious Human Rights Violations Committed on the Territory of the Former Yugoslavia in the period from 1991-2001
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 Closing of the conference
Moderator: Marija Risteska, Center for Research and Policy Making, Skopje