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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.
Today, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex in cooperation with the Albanian authorities, launched the first ever joint operation outside the European Union. This marks a new phase for border cooperation between the EU and Western Balkan partners. The event took place in Tirana, Albania, in the presence of Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Albanian Minister of Interior Sandër Lleshaj, EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.
Across the globe, cultural, traditional or religious values continue to be used to justify persecution, discrimination, bullying and ill-treatment against LGBTI persons. Even in countries with legal protection, stigmatisation due to homophobia, transphobia and biphobia remains high. It is our duty to combat this, notably through our policies, concrete actions and communication, which should be inclusive, respectful and leaving no one behind.
On 9 May High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini participated at the Brdo-Brijuni Summit in Tirana which brought together Heads of State or Government of the Western Balkans. Brdo-Brijuni is a joint Slovenian-Croatian initiative aimed at strengthening political dialogue and promoting the resolution of outstanding bilateral and regional issues.