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11:45 am - 4:30 pm
Economic Transformation

Are you interested in economic transformation?  Are you curious how the Balkan society is doing it? Attend our conference in Belgrade!


At the beginning of 2018, a publication The Revision of the Economy in the Balkans: Change Policy, Not Climate, as well as a green economy manual, was published as a part of the transnational project carried out by Green European Foundation supported by Blue Link Bulgaria, Sunrise Macedonia and Networked Serbia.

The research done in the previous years has shown immense potential and pointed out the fact that these national economies are currently going in a different direction: subsidising multinational companies and mega infrastructure projects, privatizing natural resources. A process of political centralization, by taking competences from the local level and exclusion of the citizens from the economic and social decisions is evident. In this political environment, the only possible solution is a creation of bottom-up, self-organized, citizens’ initiatives with a purpose of association of labor and services. The countries of the region have their own historical legacy of a cooperative economy in socialism, which is now in a process of renewal.

About the event

The research has shown the immense potential of the process of greening the economy in Balkans, which is currently challenged. The conference will aim to present the relevant results of the study and to be a platform for discussion on how to start a green business in Serbia and on the cooperative model as one of the viable solutions.

The conference will be an occasion to present the main results of the research published in The Revision of the Economy in the Balkans: Change Policy, Not Climate. The event will host two panel discussions with prominent organisations and individuals working on the green economy in Serbia.


11:45 – 12:00 Opening a conference
12:00 – 13:30 Panel: How to start a green business in Balkans?

Hristina Odžaklieska, Sunrise Macedonia
Miloš Stančić, Networked/GAJP
Jelena Plavanski, PKS- Belgrade Chamber of Commerce
Ivana Marković, Trag Fondation
Moderator: Violeta Jovanov Peštanac, Networked

13:45 – 15:15 Panel: Green Cooperatives and Cooperative Economy: Innovative Forms of Economics

Represetative of Baštalište
Representative of Association for Sustainable Development (ASOR)
Stjepan Car, Green Energy Cooperative (ZEZ) Hrvatska
Kristina Cvejanov, Serbian Packaging waste Recyclers Association
Moderator: Iva Marković, Polekol

15:15 – 15:30 Closing word: Žaklina Živković, Networked

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Belgrade, Serbia

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