Minister Hyseni participates in an international conference in the Czech RepublicMinister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Skender Hyseni, participated today in an international conference on the theme From the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 to the enlargement of the EU in 2004: The idea of Europe in the democratic transformation of Central and Eastern Europe.
This conference was held on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain and on the day when the Czech Republic marks the fifth anniversary of its entrance into the European Union. During the conference, a summary was given of the events which characterized Europe in 1989, and the importance of these developments in the process of European integration.
Important personalities participated in the conference, concentrating on the role of EU expansion and the reunification of European countries, the development of democracy in Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the role of democratic values in the functioning of democracy and preserving memories of events of the past.
As the conference progressed, Minister Hyseni met with the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement, Mr. Olli Rehn, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Karel Shuarcenberg, with the Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic for European Issues, Mr. Aleksander Vondra, the European Union Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Mr. Jan Figel, with members of the Austrian Parliament and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Ms. Ursula Plasnik, and the General Secretary of the Council for Regional Cooperation in South Eastern Europe, Mr. Hido Bisceviq.
In addition, Minister Hyseni met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Mr. Milan Rocen and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Sven Alkalaj.
In these meetings, the importance of the European perspective for all the Western Balkan states was emphasized and the necessity of the process being supported by the European Union. In addition, the importance of removing the visa requirement for entering the European Union for the people of all the western Balkan countries was emphasized.