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Miloš Karadaglić discovered the sound of guitar in his native Montenegro when he was eight years old. Ever since, he wanted to become a classical guitarist. He joined the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London as a teenager and then went on to become one of the world's most renowned guitar players. His albums now top the world classical music charts.
New York, Paris, Pristina are some of the stations in the professional life of Kosovar fashion designer Krenare Rugova. After studying at the Parsons School of Design, Rugova decided to return to Kosovo, where she started her eponymous fashion label. Combining ancient techniques and traditions, Rugova creates environmentally-friendly and avant-garde pieces.
His Academy-award nominated film ‘Before the Rain’ won the Golden Lion in 1994, and received 30 other prestigious awards. The New York Times included it on its "1,000 Best Films Ever Made" list. Acclaimed filmmaker from Skopje, Milcho Manchevski had his work screened at more than 300 festivals worldwide. He is now finalising his 6th feature film ‘The Willow’.
Hristina Popović is one of Serbia's most popular actresses. She grew up on stage and started acting at the age of seven. Hristina rose to fame for her role in movies such as 'Parada' ('The Parade') – critically acclaimed in Serbia and across Europe - and for her roles in theatre plays such as Waiting for Godot.
After many years in Italy, Altin Prenga returned to Albania to establish his restaurant "Mrizi i zanave". At the heart of his concept is the respect for Albanian traditions and the love of nature. Prenga is an advocate of the Slow Food movement: he works with 400 local producers to protect and reclaim Albania's culinary heritage.
He is the first player ever to score 50 goals in three of Europe's major leagues. Captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, a striker for Roma, and UNICEF Ambassador Edin Džeko started his career in post-war Sarajevo. He says he was enriched by the experience of playing across Europe, from the Czech Republic to Germany, England and Italy.
The Western Balkans' film scene has been thriving in recent years, reaching audiences across the world and winning awards at major festivals. The EU supports the film industry and film events in the region, and this week sees the opening of one of these; the 25th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Founded during the siege of Sarajevo, it is today a major celebration of film, but also a force for local economic growth.
We have one Earth… and we all share it. Many environmental challenges are global by nature, and can only be tackled through a comprehensive approach that works far beyond the borders of the EU, like the issue of climate change. As we mark World Environment Day, Climate Diplomacy Weeks are underway and several EU Delegations and partners around the world are actively doing their bit for the environment and to protect our planet.
"North Macedonia and Albania have done their part of the work; now it is the European Union's turn to fulfil its part," said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini when presenting the annual Enlargement Package together with Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.