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The main objective of the forum is to promote a European approach on regional and local development through foster the exchange of ideas, reflections and prospects encouraging academics to get more comprehensive information on “real world” issues and policy makers using what emerges from the academic debate as well as trough foster the participation of citizens and civil society to social, political, economic and scientific life as a tool for a better shared future in Western Balkans countries.

The forum will bring together a group of prominent figures, academics, scholars, media personalities, social activists, opinion leaders and the policy makers from Western Balkans who will provide – through interdisciplinary and international perspectives – a forum for regional debate in order to create the exchange of knowledge and discussions of the issues that surround regional and local economic development research and policy , to challenge the existing models and discourses of regional and local economic development, to address current policy challenges and to offer the solutions for better utilization of human mobility.

The Forum is expected to contribute to a better understanding of regional and local economic development perspectives in designing, monitoring and implementing related policies and to produce a set of recommendations to improve territorial’s capacities. The recommendations will be submitted to a group of designated strategic partners for necessary follow up and will be published in our website for whom is interested in this field.

Although the regional focus is on the Western Balkans, we encourage the submissions and participation by scholars and practitioners working in others regions as well, since their experience may be very beneficial for our region and our region will be more attractive. This will be a unique opportunity to bring together experiences, research, and voices from all over the world.

The Second Forum on Regional and Local Economic Development is organized by the Center for European Policy Studies for Regional and Local Development in cooperation with the European Academy of Regions – EAR, the University Ismail Qemali of Vlora, the Regional Council of Vlora Region, Vlora Municipality, Regional Youth Center of Vlora, the Government of Flanders, under the auspices, support and strategic cooperation of many international, European and Western Balkan Organizations.

The Second Forum has the financial support  of the Government of Flanders for the EAR-AER delegates.

* Deadline for Registration & Application: November 25, 2017

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