Berlin Process Think Tank and Civil Society Forum Sofia 2020

, Sofia time (EET, UTC+2)

By loading this video, you consent to your personal data being sent to YouTube, a service provided by Google. Google may combine your data with other information they have collected and will process your data on US servers. Learn more in our privacy notice.

Load video


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