Ten New Reports Highlight Need to Ease Balkan Mobility

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A series of reports by group of journalists from Southeast Europe was launched today, highlighting the need for better movement of people, goods and ideas to expedite development of the Balkan region and its European integration.

Moving On: Overcoming Balkan Barriers to a European Future provides new insight into the existence and impact of a range of obstacles on political, economic and social issues, through topics as diverse as criminal justice, environmental threats and sport and culture policy, as well as visa regimes, labour flows and the politics of transport.

The ten articles, representing the culmination of months of research within the Balkan region and European Union, were written by journalists selected from throughout Southeast Europe to participate in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

The programme was initiated this year by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation to provide financial and professional support for quality reporting, regional networking among journalists and balanced coverage on complex reform issues that are central to the Balkan region, as well as to the EU.

The fellows were given practical, professional support by the programme’s local partner, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, a regional network of media development organisations and publisher of Balkan Insight. Moving On is published by BIRN, online and in a special book edition. Versions of the reports are available in English, German, Albanian, Bulgarian, Bosnian/Croatian, Macedonian, Romanian and Serbian.

Link to reports: http://fellowship.birn.eu.com/movingon

For additional information, including on how to republish and cite reports, go to http://fellowship.birn.eu.com/movingon/publishing.html, or contact Anna McTaggart, Programme Manager & Editor, [email protected]