Meeting of the EESC's Western Balkans Follow-Up Committee

24/05/2022 - Hearing with Civil Society from Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sarajevo

9.45 a.m. Welcome coffee

10 a.m.  Welcoming remarks

  • from Ionut Sibian, President of the Western Balkans Follow-up Committee

10.15 a.m. Enabling civic space in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Aida Daguda, Director of Civil Society Promotion Centre and Chair of the Advisory Body of the Council of Ministers of BiH for Cooperation with Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Damir Kapidžić, Associate Professor, University of Sarajevo
  • Denis Žiško, Energy and Climate Change Program coordinator, Aarhus center in BiH, Center for Ecology and Energy

Statements by participants

11.00 a.m. Coffee break

11.15 a.m. The state of social dialogue in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Ada Huibregtse, Chief Technical Advisor of the Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP 2) project (ILO components)
  • Ranka Mišić, President of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Republika Srpska
  • Edhem Biber, President of the Economic and Social Council of the Federation of BiH
  • Adnan Smailbegović, President of the Association of Employers of the Federation of BiH (tbc)

Statements by participants

12 p.m.  The state of the economy and the labour market in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a special focus on youth

  • Merima Balavac-Orlić, Assistant Professor, School of Business and Economics, University of Sarajevo
  • Ilija Trninić, Executive Director, Perpetuum mobile – Institute for Youth and Community development, Banja Luka
  • Duško Cvjetinović, Manager of project "Youth Retention Program in BiH – General Mobilisation", Citizens Association "Nešto Više / Something More"

Statements by participants

1 p.m.  Lunch break

2.30 p.m. Freedom of expression and media in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the fight against disinformation

  • Marko Divković, President of the Association "BH Journalists"
  • Maida Muminović, Executive Director, Mediacentar
  • Siniša Šešum, Head of UNESCO Antenna in Sarajevo, Project "Social Media 4 Peace"

Statements by participants

3.45 p.m.  Conclusion of the hearing

  • by Ionut Sibian, President of the Western Balkans Follow- up Committee

4 p.m.  End of the meeting


Draft programme