Bridges for Dialogue: The Mediating Role of Civil Society in International Disputes

Originally published on June 8, 2011.

The Centre Maurits Coppieters and the Home of Macedonian Culture, in cooperation with the European Free Alliance and the European Free Alliance Youth, are organizing the conference entitled "Bridges for Dialogue:THE MEDIATING ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES" (22 June 2011 in the European Parliament in Brussels). The conference will feature a presentation of the first Macedonian-Greek dictionary ever published in Greece, an important tool for advancing the linguistic rights of the Macedonian minority in Greece and promoting mutual understanding and dialogue between the two nations (Greek and Macedonian). The aim of the conference is to discuss the role of civil society and people to people contacts as facilitators of mutual understanding in the event of international rows.

The conference is scheduled as follows:

15:30 Accreditations (Read below PRACTICAL INFORMATION for access to the European Parliament).


Press Conference: Presentation of the first Macedonian - Greek Dictionary Published in Greece.

Room Anna Politkovskaya, PHS 0A50. European Parliament (Brussels)
Interpretation EN | FR - Questions in Greek and Macedonian will be answered by Pavlos Voskopoulos.

16:00 - 16:15 Addresses
François Alfonsi. MEP for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament.
Günther Dauwen. Secretary of the Centre Maurits Coppieters and EFA director
Pavlos Voskopoulos. Representative of the Home of the Macedonian Culture.

16:16 - 16:30
Questions and Answers


Conference: Bridges for dialogue.

Room ASP 1G3. European Parliament (Brussels)
Interpretation EN | ES | FR

16:30 - 16:40 Opening address
Xabier Macías. President of the Centre Maurits Coppieters

16:40 - 17:25 Presentations
Marija Aleksic Ciceva. Editor of the First Macedonian-Greek Dictionary Published in Greece.
Pavlos Voskopoulos. Representative of the Home of the Macedonian Culture.

17:25 - 17:35 Closure address
Jill Evans. MEP for the Greens/EFA Group.

17:35 - 18:00 Debate
Open Interventions
Questions and answers

18:00 - 19:00 Cocktail


Download the full program HERE

Download the invitation HERE



Do you plan to attend? Do you need to be granted access to the European Parliament? Please send an email to specifying your name, birth date and place, nationality and ID card number before the 15 June 2011.

If you want to help us promoting the event you can find here the BANNER, PROGRAM and the INVITATION ready to embed in your blog, online publication or magazine. You can also use this URL or contribute to the debate through  EFAy's Facebook page as well as CMC's Facebook page

About the event

Conference held in Brussels on the 22nd of June 2011.
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