Chapter closed in Balkans Conference
In cooperation with the International Civilian Office (ICO) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Balkan Institute hosted the Chapter Closed in Balkans conference, on September 12th 2012. This conference marked the end of Kosovo’s supervised independence, the formal closing of the ICO, and the point where Kosovo was granted full sovereignty. The conference offered an opportunity to take stock of lessons learnt from the international involvement in the country and to map out visions for the future of the region in the decade ahead. Prominent speakers and participants in the conference included former Finnish President and Noble Peace Prize Winner Marti Athisaari, EU Special Representative and International Civilian Representative Pieter Feith, Samuel Zbogar, Head of EU in Kosovo, Journalist and Author Tim Juddah, Dimitar Bechev from the Council on Foreign Relations, President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, Kosovo’s Minister Ever Hoxhaj and Deputy Foreign Minister Petrit Selimi.