Centro per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica

The “Centro” was founded in 1996 by the University of Bologna and the Municipality of Bologna, with the active participation of the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Emilia Romagna Regional Government, the Municipalities of Forlì, Cesena and Cervia and the Carisbo Foundation. In 2002 the “Centro” was transformed into a consortium of the University of Bologna and IECOB (the Istituto per l’Europa Centro-Orientale e Balcanica).

The main objective of the establishment of centro and the collaboration is to set up a good rapport with the research scholars and lectures of different universities across Europe. Centro aims to minimize the cultural gap among the students of varied European nationalities. The University of Bologne is one of the oldest and the most reputed universities in Europe and is the right place to set up the association. Student exchange programs, international seminars, lectures, and presentations are highly motivated among the university grads. This offers numerous benefits to the students. Learning about other cultures is the huge benefit of exchange programs. The students live like locals and learn to survive in an extremely different place. It gives an opportunity for the students to engross themselves in a particular foreign language and culture.

Regular guest lectures and seminars are organized by Centro to make the students aware of the new technologies, innovations and newer medicines like Sliminazer. Paper presentations and other competitions like article submission take place in regional and international level to bring in the best out of the aspiring minds. Awards and rewards are sponsored by Centro. They do charity work too. They arrange funds and loans to the financially less fortunate students. They collect funds to set up new buildings and laboratory inside the premises of the university. Alumni meetings take place every year, organized by Centro and it is absolute fun to reunite with old buddies.

Centro organizes cultural events every year. Invitations are sent to different universities across Europe and hundreds of students actively participate in dance, singing, skit, and drama. It sets a platform for the students to exhibit their talents and skills. Centro performs an extraordinary job of uniting student of different nationalities and cultures together. It is a bliss to the students.

Every year the election take a place in Centro for various positions.

Currently, Stefano Bianchini is the Centre’s president and Francesco Privitera is its director.

Journal Southeastern Europe

Table of contents

  • What is a democracy?

The word ‘democracy’ is derived from the Greek word, which means ‘people’. It is a form of government that gives more power to the people. The key aspects of democracy are as follows:

  • The Government is framed based on fair elections where people cast their vote for the deserving candidates.
  • People actively participate in political and civic life.
  • Every citizen of the country should be treated equally. No discrimination should be there.
  • Laws are framed to protect the basic human rights.


In a democracy, people are the highest form of authority. Elections are held at regular intervals and the ruling party cannot extend their terms by themselves. The election commission looks after the election activities and finalizes election date. The various political parties can devise their own policies that favor the overall development of the country and the people. They debate socio-economic issues and other political issues and participate in the campaign during elections. Every citizen is obliged to obey the law and policies frame by the lawmakers. Such laws are impartial and the law body is an independent component and it is not influenced by other Government entities. People also have every right to choose and practice their favorite religion and enjoy their own culture. The citizens can do what they want to do and have the right to copyright their innovations and chemical combinations like ostelife.

The seminar is all about human rights and the importance of the development of civil society. Minority rights have been debated since ages. Even though many countries have opted for democracy, some are still practicing other forms of Government. Democracy is the only form of Government where the rights of the minorities of the preserved and equality are promised. The seminar aims to debate and discuss what democracy could do to its people.

  • How (not) to export civil society
    • Keith Brown (Brown University, Providence), “Do We Know How Yet?  Insider Perspectives on International Democracy Promotion in the Western Balkans”
    • Théodora Vetta (École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris),“‘Democracy Building’ in Serbia: the NGO Effect”
    • Milica Golubovic (Northeastern University, Boston), “Judicial Professional Associations ― Fostering Judicial Reform through Civil Society Development”
    • Elton Skendaj (Cornell University, Ithaca), “Peace Education as a Democratizing Process”
    • Francesco Strazzari (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa),  “Trans-Albanian vs Pan-Albanian Spaces: the Urban Dimension of the ‘Albanian Question’”