Debate #3: Environment
#EU4Balkans in collaboration with DG REGIO-Interreg
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Environmental issues are becoming alarming and the urgency to tackle them exceeds borders. Moreover, the Western Balkans is one of the European regions most heavily affected by climate change and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. During this debate we will show Interreg-IPA program examples on protecting the environment, as well as preserving and restoring ecosystems and biodiversity. We will see how art and environment can help us to try to “save the world”, what the European Commission is doing concretely to support the environment especially in the Western Balkans, and we will discuss the importance of cooperation to tackle collective challenges and build a more resilient world to live in.
Moderator: Olaf Bruns
- Marko Milutinovic
- Jean-Pierre Halkin
- Jadranka Lacković
- Mirjana Bartula
Young European Ambassador- Serbia
Marko is a graduate law student of the University of Belgrade. The protection of human rights and the environment are his main concerns. Marko believes that all of us should do what we possibly can to live in a world in which nobody’s rights are infringed.
Head of the Unit for Macro-regions European Commission at the Directorate General for Regional and Urban policy of the European Commission
Jean-Pierre studied at the ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) in Brussels. He has been at the European Commission for 15 years. In 2006 he was Head of Unit of Natural Resources for five years. Afterwards, he became Head of Unit of Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Security for another five years. Since 2017, he is Head Of Unit of Competence Centre Macro-regions and Territorial Co-operation.
Painter, mural artist- Croatia
Jadranka is a Croatian painter graduated at the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka. She is the co-founder and leader of ArtMašina, a creative studio for informal learning of art techniques and she has been involved in numerous actions and projects in the field of art culture in Croatia and abroad. One of her most important murals is the one in collaboration with Mosk on a mural ”A Familliar Place”, done for the opening of the European Capital Of Culture 2020. Jadranka is creating the most recent Balkan Trafik mural in Brussels for the festival’s 15th edition.
Project Manager in Special Natural Reserve Zasavica – Serbia
Mirjana is an educated biologist from Serbia and works with the Faculty of Applied Ecology in Belgrade. She is also project manager with Nature Conservation Movement of Sremska Mitrovica – managing authority of Specila Nature Reseve Zasavica in Serbia. She participated in developing and implementing numerous EU funded projects which were aimed at nature and biodiversity protection, ecosystem revitalisation, protected areas management planning, as well as ecotourism development in protected areas.
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.