Commissioner Hahn2Johannes Hahn

EU Commissioner for the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

Johannes Hahn has held various management functions in the different sectors of the Austrian economy and industry, including as CEO of Novomatic AG for 5 years. Between 1992 and 1997 he was Executive Director of the Austrian People’s Party Vienna. In 2002, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Party and Chairman in 2005. Member of the Regional Parliament of Vienna from 1996 to 2003, he became Federal Minister for Science and Research in 2007. He was the Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy from 2010 to 2014. Since November 2014 he is a Member of the European Commission in charge of Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

Opening speech by Commissioner Johannes Hahn at the EU - Western Balkans Media Days 2018

RusiErjona Rusi

Report TV

Erjona Rusi has been a journalist for 17 years. She has worked for many important media outlets in Albania such as TVA, News 24, TV Klan and the Korrieri newspaper, and is currently a journalist and anchor at Report TV and the daily Shqiptarja.com.

She has been a correspondent in Albania for SeeNews for two years. After winning the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence in 2015, she has worked on many regional investigative stories for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), some of which have been published by The Guardian, on the EUobserver website and by the Austrian magazine Datum.

She has also been a periodical contributor to the Italian News Agency, "Agenzia Nova" and L’Indro, and has lately collaborated with the Daily Mail and the BBC on investigative stories in Albania.

GashiKrenar Gashi

Sbunker

Krenar Gashi (born 1982) is a political scientist from Kosovo, currently based at Ghent University (Belgium) where he is pursuing a PhD in political science as a Basileus doctoral fellow. Before moving to Ghent, Gashi was a renowned civil society leader and non-profit executive in Kosovo. He was the director of Kosovo’s first think tank KIPRED and established the Institute for Development Policy (INDEP), an influential think tank that focuses on democratisation, Europeanisation and sustainable development. Gashi started his career as an investigative reporter, worked for numerous Kosovo and international media, served as Kosovo editor for Balkan Insight, founded the only English-language newspaper in Kosovo - Prishtina Insight - and covered Kosovo for the Financial Times. He studied sociology at the University of Pristina, holds an MA in Media and Communication from Kijac Institute (Kosovo) and an MA in European Politics from the University of Sussex (UK). His research interest, among others, include foreign policy and international relations, European Union (EU) politics and external policies, discourse studies, democratisation and politics of transition. His doctoral research is focused on conceptualising the role of the EU in the Western Balkans.

MarboeGolli Marboe

Association for a Self-determined Use of Media

Chairman of the Austrian "Association for a Self-determined Use of Media" (VsUM) that he founded in 2016, Golli Marboe is a former TV producer who has worked on hundreds of documentaries and feature films in co-operation with major European public TV distributors, including ARD, Arte, ZDF, RAI and ORF. He currently teaches media affairs and journalism at several universities in Austria, and is a regular speaker during conferences and panel discussions. As a consultant, he also occasionally advises film production companies and TV stations, and he is also a member of the German Academy of Television (DAFF) and the Academy of Austrian Film (AOF). He was born in Vienna, where he still lives today, and is the father of four.

Lekic SubasicŽeljka Lekić-Subašić

Eurovision News Exchange for Southeast Europe

Željka Lekić-Subašić is the head of the Eurovision News Exchange for South-east Europe (ERNO) co-ordination office in Sarajevo, for which she has worked since 2001. She co-ordinates a daily exchange of political, economic and cultural news stories and documentaries between eleven public broadcasters in the region, organizes workshops and training courses for media professionals, and covers news stories from the region for all 74 European Broadcasting Union members. She was the chief producer of several documentaries co-produced by public broadcasters in the region - including Trafficking Women (2006), Green Paradise: Already Lost, or Still Possible? (2007), The Balkans’ Vision of the European Dream (2009) and Cultural Heritage in South-eastern Europe (2010). She was awarded the 2014 "Dr. Erhard Busek - SEEMO" Award for Better Understanding in South-east Europe. She has been a professional TV journalist and producer for 24 years, and before joining ERNO she worked for several radio and TV stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has been teaching graduate and undergraduate media courses at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology’s (SSST) department for political science and international relations since 2010. More recently, since February 2018, she has been the Senior Media Expert and Deputy Team Leader of the EU-funded Technical Support for Public Service Media in the Western Balkans project. She holds a doctorate in media and international politics from London Metropolitan University, a master’s degree in global governance from La Sapienza University in Rome, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Sarajevo University’s faculty of political science. She has taken part in several international fellowship programmes - notably the International Leadership Visitors Program organized by the U.S. State Department in Washington in July 2012, and was granted a Kiplinger Fellowship in public affairs journalism at Ohio State University in April 2016.

DjurovicGoran Đurović

Media Centar

Goran Đurović was a member of Montenegro’s Council of Radio and Television (RTCG) from July 2009 to December 2017. In this capacity, he also presided over the commission responsible for reviewing complaints received from listeners and viewers. After graduating from the University of Montenegro’s faculty of law, he was part of a working group tasked by the Ministry of Culture with the drafting of the Law on Public Broadcasting Services of Montenegro in 2008 and of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Electronic Media and the Law on Public Broadcasting Service Radio and Television of Montenegro (RTCG) in 2014-2015. He also prepared several analyses of the implementation of media laws and the functioning of the regulatory agency for electronic media, as well as proposals for the improvement of media legislation in Montenegro. Recently, Goran Djurovic was the co-author of a 2017 report on local public broadcasters and the rights of journalists under the media laws of Montenegro. He has also managed EU-funded projects providing technical assistance for the development of civil society organizations. Between 1999 and 2009, he was Programme Director and later Executive Director of the Centre for the Development of NGOs (www.crnvo.me). He also presided the board of Montenegro’s ‘NGO Coalition - Co-operation towards the Goal’ (www.saradnjomdocilja.org) from 2006 to 2017, and works as a trainer and a consultant in the field of organizational development. Goran Djurovic has contributed to the development of some of the most important regulations and strategic documents concerning the operation and development of NGOs in Montenegro.

Harlem-Desir.jpgHarlem Désir

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Harlem Désir was appointed as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media in July 2017 for a period of three years. Prior to this position, Désir was French Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, since April 2014.

Harlem Désir was a Member of the European Parliament for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2014. He was a member of the Committee on Industry, Energy and Research, the Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Development. He was also Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with the United States (2002-2004), member of the Joint ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly (2002-2009) and member of the Delegation for relations with India (2009-2014). Désir served as Vice-President of the Socialist Group of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2009 and as First Secretary of the French Socialist Party from 2012 to 2014.

In October 1984, Harlem Désir co-founded the French not-for-profit association "SOS Racisme", whose objective is to fight against racism, anti-Semitism and all other forms of discrimination. In 1989, he also co-founded the international federation of "SOS Racisme". Désir was President of both "SOS Racisme" France and of the eponymous international federation.

Harlem Désir holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the Paris I Sorbonne University. He has been awarded the Olof Palme Prize (Sweden, 1990) and the Grand Cross of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece, 2016).

Zoran-Zaev.jpgZoran Zaev

Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, was born on 8 October 1974 in Strumica. In 1997, Zoran Zaev graduated at the Faculty of Economics at the Skopje University "St. Cyril and Methodius" where he continued the postgraduate studies of Monetary Economics and Finance.

Beside the experience in the business sector, he has been a party member of the Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM) since 1996, and a member of Parliament in the Assembly of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the period 2003-2005. In 2006, he was elected vice president of the SDSM Central Committee. In 2008, he became the Acting President of the Party and since 2013, Zoran Zaev has been the leader of SDSM.

After the "Przino agreement" and the early parliamentary elections in 2016, followed by a difficult political context, including the violent incident in the Parliament in April 2017, Zoran Zaev was elected Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in May 2017.