Debate #2: Freedom of Expression
#EU4Balkans in collaboration with DG REGIO-Interreg
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The difficulty of the famous whistleblowers, but of artists, journalists, civil society activists, to express themselves freely is regularly in the news. In this debate, we will try to see more clearly the reality on the ground and through the opinions of civil society activists, representatives of a new generation that fights for their rights, as well as of European officials, as well as.
Moderator: Olaf Bruns
- Fjoralba Caka
- Vojin Cetkovic
- Slawomir Tokarski
- Kristina Dimitrova
- Milena Raznatovic
Former deputy-minister of Justice and lecturer of EU Law – Albania
Fjoralba is the former Albanian deputy-minister of Justice, covering European integration and anti-corruption policies. Having started her career as an academic teaching EU Law, she has maintained an ongoing cooperation with civil society organisations. She also served as a lawyer on issues related to strategic litigation and offered legal aid for people in need and for marginalised communities. In addition, she was one of the founders and first President of the Youth Council and led campaigns such as “Fighting Corruption in the Higher Education System” and “Bookworm Project – outdoors mini-library”.
Young European Ambassador – Montenegro
Vojin is a fresh graduate of Ankara University’s Communication Faculty, in the Journalism Department. He speaks five languages fluently and he loves film and photography, music, youth activism, environment and sport. His biggest wish is to lead the younger generation into a safer future that we all build together. Vojin believes that communication is the best way towards resolving almost every problem that exists in our society today.
Director for the European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programmes Implementation I Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy
Slawomir Tokarski obtained PhD degree at the European University Institute in Florence in 1995. He joined the Polish administration and headed a team co-ordinating the preparations for the accession negotiations and preparing policy analysis for the Chief Negotiator. In 2004 he joined the Commission as a Cabinet member of the Commissioner responsible for the regional policy. In 2009 he was nominated Head of Unit dealing with economic policy and co-ordination of EU funding in DG MARE. In March 2012 he became Head of Defence, Aeronautics and Maritime industries in DG Enterprise. From 2016 until 2021, he was a Director in DG GROW responsible for Industrial policy and Innovation.
In 2021, Slawomir Tokarski joined DG REGIO as a Director for the European Territorial Cooperation, Macro-regions, Interreg and Programmes Implementation.
Journalist- North Macedonia
Kristina is an aspiring journalist writing articles on the topic Countering disinformation as part of the SEE Youth Newsroom established by the Centre for Development of Youth Activism (CROA) under the UNESCO EU-funded project ‘Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey – Phase 2’. Also, a project writer and coordinator at Youth Council Next Generation – a youth organisation providing mobility opportunities covering different social issues affecting youth based on non-formal education.
Project Manager of Ministry of Culture – Montenegro
Milena is a representative of the Project MONET – Culture in Motion in Adriatic Network of Museums of the Italy-Albania-Montenegro Programme.
Milena has been graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Montenegro. She has been engaged as advisor in the Capital City of Podgorica and programme coordinator at the American Corner in Podgorica. As of 2015, she is employed in the former Ministry of Culture of Montenegro (now Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports) where she acts as advisor for international cooperation and European integrations. She is also contact point for Creative Europe and Europe for Citizens programmes. She has participated in various conferences, round tables and workshops in the field of culture, creative industries and arts.
Olaf is a Brussels-based journalist. A former Deputy Head of the Brussels office of the international Tv news broadcaster Euronews, he now works as a freelancer. Amongst others, he writes for the European Green Journal and is the deputy editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine Progressive Post. He provides Media Training via Crown Media and teaches journalism at the Brussels-based media school IHECS. He holds a master’s degree in Social Anthropology form Paris VIII University with several years of social science research work in various African countries.