On Thursday February 1, at the auditorium of Liceo Scientifico Da Vinci in Trento the second meeting before the fourth-year students’ departure to Serbia took place. The floor was led by Enrico Milano, professor of International Law at the University of Verona, who introduced the international relations of Serbia, especially with Kosovo and the EU. Professor Milano illustrated a general overview of the dialogue between the capital cities of Serbia and Kosovo, Belgrade and Pristina, with the mediation of the European Union.

After a brief digression about the main international events that involved Serbia, the lecturer highlighted the difficulties in the Serbia-Kosovo relations during the 90s and the consequent armed conflict. In addition, the mechanisms of the UN international legislation were illustrated, from the beginning to its end in 2008, when Kosovo declared its independence. As other Balkan countries, Serbia is following the path towards the European Union. The lack of recognition of Kosovo independence by Belgrade is one of the most important key points in the EU integration process, where Brussels acts as mediator between the two countries.


Two more classes of Liceo Da Vinci in Trento started their path towards the Balkans, more precisely to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they will take the annual school trip. The initiative is promoted by ATB Onlus and takes place from March 20 to 24 throughout Sarajevo, Srebrenica and Mostar. Similarly to the school trip to Serbia, the aim is to bring the participants closer to the history and the cultures of this European area.

The first meeting was scheduled on January 23. After a brief opening speech by the Director Maurizio Camin, the lesson was led by Davide Sighele, journalist and reporter of Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso e Transeuropa. The topic of the training was the dissolution process of Yugoslavia.

Participants discussed about borders, causes and consequences of the 10-year War in the Balkans. Consideration to the Bosnian demographic context was given, highlighting the complex transformation process the country experienced during and after the conflict in the 90s.
The following lessons foresee the analysis of the capital city Sarajevo, Srebrenica during and after the conflict, and the cooperative relationships between Bosnia and Trentino.