2nd Western Balkans Forum on Regional and Local Economic Development

Venue: Hall “Aula Magna”, University Ismail Qemali of Vlora.

Time: 30 November to 2 December, 2017

Organizer: Center for European Policy Studies on Regional and Local Development_CRLDS Albania.

Co-organizer: European Academy of Regions – EAR-AER,

Partner: University Ismail Qemali of Vlora, Regional Council of Vlora, Albanian Assocciation of Regions and…see the logo below.

Financial Supporter: Ministry of Infrastructure and Flanders Government, Cardone Consulting, “Uji Tepelena”.

On Novembere 30th to December 2nd took place the Second Western Balkans Forum on Regional and Local Economic Development in the Albanian city of Vlorë, at the Adriatic coast, unfortunately under torrential floods’ circumstances. The forum gathered twenty seven speakers out of 13 countries, among which academics and practitioners from Albania, the UK, Hungary, Serbia, Kosovo, Romania, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Croatia, Macedonia, and France in the rectorate’s venue of the Ismail Qemali University of Vlorë.

The forum was honoured by the presence of the Albanian vice-minister of Energy and by the former president of the European Economic and Social Committee and honorary member of EAR-AER, Mr. Henri Malosse. The forum was organized by the Centre for European Policy Studies for Regional and Local Development in cooperation with the European Academy of Regions, the Ismail Qemali University of Vlorë, the Regional Council of Vlorë Region, Vlorë Municipality, Regional Youth Centre of Vlorë and took place under the auspices, support and strategic cooperation of many international, European and Western Balkan Organizations as such as OECD, Ersa, Western Balkans Network, RSA,  etc.

The 2017 edition is supported by the Government of Flanders and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy of Albania, under the auspices of the Minister Mr. Damian Gjiknuri. It is the merit of Mrs. Luiza Hoxhaj, president of the Centre for European Policy Studies for Regional and Local Development to have gathered this strong set of speakers and to have convinced the above mentioned sponsors and academic committee as well as to have developed the content of these fruitful two days.

For more you can consult the following documents:

  1. Below you can see the Forum through the images the speakers and moments from the forum: Click here
  2. For more information about the second forum edition click here.
  3. Report of FoRLED 2017. Click here



With the support of:



        Këshilli i Qarkut Vlorë   




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