Euro-Atlantic integration is an important issue in the countries of the Western Balkan, which are keen to strengthen regional security and stability. However, there is a lack of objective reporting about NATO and the EU. This visit enabled journalists and opinion leaders to gain first-hand experience and a better understanding of the relationships between the Netherlands, NATO, the EU and the Western Balkans.
In The Hague, the group learned about Dutch policy on peace and security, and became further acquainted with the city’s role as an international city of peace and justice through meetings at the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Kosovo Specialist Chambers at the Peace Palace. Their visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels focused on NATO cooperation in the Balkans in order to foster a balanced image of the organisation and its objectives.
'It was unique opportunity to learn more about NATO and the European Union. For me it was very important to check how the Western Balkans are perceived by Brussels and what the requests and conditions are in order to continue the Euro-Atlantic integration.’
Embassy representatives: Arlinda Idrizi, Luuk Nijman, Alma Tafarshiku, Mak Kapetanović
RVO.nl representative: Bregje Korteweg