Meeting of the Socialist International Committee for Central and Eastern Europe, Belgrade
17-18 September 2001
The Socialist International Committee for Central and Eastern Europe gathered on 17-18 September in Belgrade, for the first ever SI meeting in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It follows the country's peaceful democratic revolution of last year.
The committee counted on the participation from the host country of, among others, the Prime Minister, Zoran Djindjic, leader of the Democratic Party; Dragoljub Micunovic, President of the Yugoslav Federal Parliament and leader of the Democratic Centre; Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic, leader of the Civic Alliance of Serbia; Deputy Prime Minister Zarko Korac, leader of the Social Democratic Union; Slobodan Orlic, Federal Secretary of State for information and member of the presidency of the Social Democratic Party; Emil Fajzulahi, Vice President of the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina; Radoslav Nedic, Vice-President of the Democratic Alternative and Mujo Mukovic, Vice-President of the Sandzak Democratic Party.
The agenda focused on the situation in the Balkans, the prospects for enlargement of the European Union and other current issues concerning Central and Eastern Europe
The meeting was chaired jointly by Piero Fassino of the Democrats of the Left, DS, Italy, and László Kovács of the Hungarian Socialist Party, MSzP, Hungary, Co-Chairs of the Committee and included the participation of Luis Ayala, Secretary General of the Socialist International and delegations from Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, FYR Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Spain, Socialist International Women and the Party of European Socialists..
The meeting issued the declaration of Belgrade reflecting the content of its discussions.