The EESC organised its Sixth Western Balkans Civil Society Forum in Sarajevo on 10-11 July 2017.
The main topics on the agenda were the role of civil society organisations in promoting sustainable growth and employment, migration in the Western Balkans, freedom of expression and media, as well as rights and empowerment of women.
It brought together 130 participants, including a broad range of civil society representatives from the EU and the Western Balkans, as well as representatives of EU institutions, international organisations and governments of the region.
Georges Dassis, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, Morten Jung, Senior Adviser for the Western Balkans, European Commission and Goran Svilanović, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, opened this major event.
A final declaration with recommendations from civil society organisations was issued at the end of the event.