The European Union (EU) relations with different countries worldwide continue to deepen and strengthen based on the strategic, political as well as economic interest. As such, parallel with the strengthening of such relations, EU is seeking to keep the hand also in the Western Balkans countries, a region which is facing many political, economic as well as security challenges. Even though the region is situated into the EU geography, six countries of the Western Balkans (WB6) present a complex model of center-periphery interaction. The EU confirmed the European perspective of the region during the June 2000 European Council in Santa Maria de Feira. With the Thessaloniki European Council in 2003, launching the Stabilization Association Process (SPA), the EU continued to concretize the measures of interaction with the Balkan countries, where these countries were recognized for the first time as 'potential candidates'. The main goals of the PSA are to support the accession process of these countries to the EU, to promote democratization, the creation of a functional market economy, democratization and institution building, etc. Regardless of the fact that the EU has encountered successive crises during this time, such as the Eurozone, BREXIT, migration crisis, Covid-19, it has continued to show commitment to support these countries on their European path. Finally, the EU, in its 2018 Enlargement Strategy, once again confirms the European future of the region. Such a perspective for the regions is encompassed for all regional members including Kosovo – an entity which is still suffering difficulties in normal communication with its neighbor Serbia and Bosnia while at the same time with the EU as not all of the EU members recognize Kosovo as independent and sovereign country.
University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina” (UP) within the framework of the LEAP Jean Monnet Network is organizing three days LEAP SIMULATION II: EU MODEL 2023 addressing the meeting of the EU Council under the item agenda “The EU impact in the Western Balkans”. The EU Model is open mainly to all students coming from political science department but other talented students are welcome to apply too. The EU Model is organized in the frame of Jean Monnet Project “Linking to Europe at the Periphery”. Five students from UP will present the UP delegation which will take part at the Simulation together with delegations as in the following: National University of Political Studies and Public Administration from Bucharest/Romania, Middle East Technical University from Ankara/Turkey, Eskisehir Osmangazi University from Eskisehir/Turkey, Luarasi University from Tirana/Albania, and Ilia State University from Tbilisi/Georgia.
Interested students to apply must:
- Be active student at UP, at BA or MA level,
- Be fluent in English,
- Present a motivation letter,
- Express her/his readiness to participate in the preparatory and later at meetings of the simulation,
- Be ready for interview, if called by the Committee.
The deadline for application is March 26th, 2023.
The EU Model Simulation language will be English.
Completed application shall be sent to the email: [email protected] and [email protected] .
Selection of the participants will be communicated by March 31st, 2023.
The language of the event is English.
Participation in the workshop is free, all attendees will be granted a certificate of participation to this international event.
In case of questions, please contact the LEAP Coordinator for UP - Afrim Hoti, at [email protected]