Berlin Process Think Tank and Civil Society Forum Sofia 2020

, Sofia time (EET, UTC+2)

Hybrid event


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The impact of geopolitical investments in the Balkans

The Think Tank and Civil Society Forum will be live streamed on ECFR’s YouTube channel from Sofia.


15.30 – 15.40 (EET) Opening statement by:

  • Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director and Head of Sofia Office, ECFR
  • Aleksandra Tomanic, Executive Director, EFB
  • Marko Trosanovski, President, IDSCS


15.40 – 16.00 (EET) In conversation with:

  • Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and
  • Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia

on the goals of the upcoming Berlin Process Summit in Sofia

Moderated by Marko Trosanovski, IDSCS


16.00 – 17.00 (EET) Think Tank Forum

Chinese regional approach in the Western Balkans and EU’s response


  • Vladimir Shopov, Visiting Fellow, ECFR
  • Gjergji Vurmo, IDM, Albania and BiEPAG member
  • Zoran Nechev, IDSCS, North Macedonia and BiEPAG member

Moderated by Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director of ECFR and Head of ECFR Sofia office


17.00 – 17.15 (EET) Coffee Break

17.15 – 18.15 (EET) Civil Society Forum

When geopolitics becomes personal – concrete implications on citizens daily lives


  • Jovan Rajić, Renewables and Environmental Regulatory Institute, Serbia
  • Denis Žiško, Center for ecology and energy, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jovana Marović, Politikon Network, Montenegro and BiEPAG member
  • Danilo Krivokapic, SHARE Foundation, Serbia

Moderated by Valerie Hopkins, Financial Times