On Monday, May 20th 2013 at the Faculty of Political Sciences, the Third Regional School of political philosophy Zoran Djindjic was opened. The School is organized for the third time with the support of Balkan Trust for Democracy and it was implemented by the Zoran Djindjic Foundation and the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. Twenty-eight young people from Serbia and the region were participating, including mainly students and graduate students of philosophy, political science and law. The School was held from 19th to 25th May 2013.
The participants were welcomed by the director of the Zoran Djindjic Foundation, Mrs. Ruzica Djindjic, the dean of Faculty of Political Sciences Mr. Ilija Vujacic, historian Mrs. Latinka Perovic and the program director of the School Mr. Marko Vujacic. During the five days, participants had opportunity to learn the basics of the political philosophy and to deeply explore the role of philosopher Zoran Djindjic in the democratization of Serbian and the region.
The lectures were held by the professors from the Faculty of Political Sciences such as: Mr. Vladimir Pavicevic, Mr. Milan Podunavac, Mr. Ilija Vujacic, and also Mrs. Latinka Perovic, Mr. Novica Milic, Mr. Petar Bojanic, the director of the Institute of philosophy and social theory and others as well as the guests from the region, Mr. Zarko Puhovski, the professor at Faculty of philosophy – University of Zagreb, Mr. Dragan Vukcevic, MASA Podgorica and Mrs. Nermina Mujagic from the Faculty of political Sciences – University of Sarajevo.
In addition to lectures, the students visited the institutions of national importance, such as the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the Serbian Archive, where is the legacy of Zoran Djindjic since 2009.
March 20th 2013
From March 20th till May 2013, University of Konstanz and the city of Konstanz are organizing a series of events titled "No Sleep" on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Zoran Djindjic, the alumni of the University and citizen of Konstanz.
The program is sponsored by the Rector of University of Konstanz Ulrich Rüdiger and it is organized on the initiative of the Serbian PhD students and students from Konstanz.The program has multiple objectives: to introduce students of University, as well as citizens of the city of Konstanz with Zoran Djindjic’s political activities and his importance for Serbia which deals with the analysis of his philosophical work and also to encourage critical thinking.
The program started with the Remembrance Day on March 20 2013 revealing memorial plaque of assassinated Serbian Prime Minister and continued with the reception at the City Assembly of Konstanz and gathering at University where his colleagues, professors from Konstanz and scientists from Serbia held the speeches.asse, the street where Zoran Djindjic had lived, meets Konstanz Lake, and remains, even after his death, to remind citizens and visitors of Konstanz on their PhD student who became Prime Minister of a European state. Mr. Wolfgang Seibel, the professor at University of Konstanz and deputy of mayor of the city of Konstanz Mr. Klaus Boldt had speeches, and reviled the memorial plaque.Read more: Zoran Djindjic Remembrance Day ''No sleep''
On 25th October, the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations was celebrating it´s 60th anniversary in Berlin/Germany. The ceremonial act started in the afternoon with 300 high representatives from Croatia, Montenegro, Russia and Kazakhstan but also from Germany such as the federal chancellor Angela Merkel, federal minister of economy Philip Roesler and former Minister of foreign affairs Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
Ruzica Djindjic, upravitelj Fondacije dr Zoran Djindjic, was besides H.E. ambassador Ivo Viskovic, the only representative from Serbia. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany honored in her speech the achievements of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations. Also Vladimir Putin (via video) and other prime ministers from Eastern Europe congratulated the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations for the successful work of the last 60 years. The ceremonial act was closed by a concert of Young Euro Classics Ensemble Germany-Russia.
During the following formal diner, Ruzica Djindjic sat among others together with Dr. Klaus Mangold at the table. Mr Mangold , from 2000-2010 CEO of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, was a close friend of Zoran Djindjic and together with the Zoran Djindjic Foundation founded the "Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme of German Business" in 2004. Since then, the "Zoran Djindjic Internship Programme of German Business" is organized and implemented by the Zoran Djindjic Foundation in cooperation with Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations.
The participants of the Zoran Djindjic Internship Program of German Business met on September 13th in Porec, Croatia for the Fifth Regional Alumni conference. Hans Peter Annen, German Ambassador in Croatia and Ruzica Djindjic, Director of the Zoran Djindjic Foundation attended the opening of the conference. Scholarship holders from Serbia and the region had the opportunity to participate in the discussion ''The region of Western Balkans as economic area: Challenges and potential from a companies' view'' Speakers were Ralf Blomberg, CEO, TE Plomin d.o.o. and Chairman of the board, German-Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Nicolas Baron Adamovich, Senior Representative of Commerzbank AG in Zagreb and H.E. Mr. Hans Peter Annen, German Ambassador. The former scholarship holders also participated in Open workshop discussing the development of Alumni network and its future activities.
Zoran Djindjic Foundation in cooperation with the "Committee of German Economy in Eastern Europe" and German "Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development" has awarded over 20 scholarships for the internships in Germany within the framework of the "Zoran Djindjic Internship Program of German Business." In honor of the scholarship holders, a reception was held, where guests were addressed by the President of Democratic Party Mr. Boris Tadic and German Ambassador in Belgrade, H.E. Mr. Wolfraam Maas. On behalf of the scholarship holders, Aleksandar Mlinar gave a speech.
Within the program, 25 selected scholarship holders will be 3 to 6 months starting from June doing internships at the most famous German companies such as: Bosch, Siemens and Commerzbank. Their stay in Germany will enable them to learn about the organisational structure, business proceedures and operation of large, successful German companies, in order to transfer the gained knowledge and experience into their future work engagement in Serbia.
In 2007, the Program was expanded to other countries in the Western Balkans, so again this year students from Serbia will join their colleagues from neighboring countries.
The program was created after the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic. The goal of the program is to fulfill the vision of the Prime Minister of Serbia and approaching Serbia and its citizens to the European Union and the creation of strong relations between the German economy and future leaders in Serbia