Center for Europe University of Warsaw and Faculty of Law University “St. KlimentOhridski ”- Bitola realizes in 2022 a grant entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”. This is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2022”.

The strategic partners of the project are: Institute for Research and European Studies (North Macedonia), Center for International Relations (Poland), Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius ”Skopje, University of Montenegro, University of Niś (Serbia), University of Gdańsk (Poland), University of Economics in Katowice (Poland), Polish European Community Studies Association – PECSA.

The aim of the project is to present Poland as a leader of political, economic, social and cultural changes in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The action is aimed at opinion-forming circles in the Balkans: employees and students of universities, non-governmental organizations and journalists in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. As part of the activities undertaken under the project, Poland will be presented as a model of a country that has achieved success in the field of security (NATO membership), in the socio-economic dimension (EU membership, social and family policy, regional policy, agricultural policy, urban development, start-up sector) and in the cultural dimension (attachment to traditional Polish values).

The project includes:

1.Organization of international workshops and conference on: “Poland and the Balkans in Europe – Successes and Challenges”, which will be held in Bitola (Macedonia Półncona) on July 1-2 (Conference program)

2. Conducting and recording a series of 10 webinars and 4 podcasts presenting Polish experiences for the Balkan partners;

3.Organizing an international conference in Warsaw summarizing the project (October/November 2022),

4. Preparation of a publication presenting the Balkan and Polish experiences in political, legal, economic and social transformation.

The Coordinators of the project: by the Polish side – Dr. Artur Adamczyk and Dr. hab. Kamil Zajączkowski;
by the Macedonia side – Professor Dr. Goran Ilik – Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of “St. Kliment Ohridski ” – Bitola.