BIRN Serbia and Pro Concept held their fifth national budget forum at the National Assembly in Belgrade on 27 November, where panelists and participants offered their opinions and debated the proposed 2014 budget and the projected outcomes of the Serbian administration’s budgetary policy.
Journalists received bespoke investigative training as they prepared major cross-border stories into crime and corruption in the Balkans.
BIRN’s “Life in Kosovo” has been recognized for reporting on women in a TV programme.
Bardh Shkreli, a journalist for BIRN Kosovo, has won a third-place award in November from the German Society for International Cooperation, GIZ and the Association of Professional Journalists of Kosovo for education reporting.
Romania’s national journalistic competition Superscrieri has given awards to Elena Stancu and Vlad Odobescu, both fellows this year of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.
Eight journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIH, Croatia, and Serbia participated in a weeklong study visit to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY, in October. The Tribunal's Outreach Programme organised the visit in cooperation with BIRN BiH.
BIRN Macedonia announces a call for journalists for an upcoming training session for investigative journalists.
Participants in this year’s Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence will meet for their final seminar and awards ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia from December 11-14.
During its EU membership negotiations, Serbia will be assessed on how well it has dealt with war crimes cases, European Commission official Pierre Mirel told a BIRN conference.
BIRN Serbia’s Aleksandar Djordjevic and Slobodan Georgiev took part in a special programme at Belgrade’s political science faculty focused on investigative reporting for students of journalism, and presenting BIRN’s experience in this area.
As part of its Balkan Transitional Justice project, BIRN is holding a one-day conference on November 14 in Belgrade to examine what part the issue of transitional justice will play in Serbia’s forthcoming membership negotiations with the European Union.
BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina is making a film about people who have been missing since the 1990s war, inspired by a conference in The Hague last week hosted by the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP).
BIRN Serbia has begun a new project to research current practices in media financing, which will result in the development of best-practice recommendations as well as proposals for the monitoring and evaluation of future practice in the area.
About 200 people attended the screening on October 31 of BIRN’s Balkan road-movie documentary ‘The Majority Starts Here’ in Belgrade.