On 13 September, the jury of the ninth edition of the “International Design Competition Trieste Contemporanea” met at the CEI HQ. The competition, aimed at promoting the most original expressions of design, was open to designers from the 18 CEI countries as well as from Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Turkey.

The CEI Summer School “Beyond Enlargement. The Wider Europe and the New Neighbourhood”, a feature event first held in 1995, is a two-week course with special focus on democracy, governance, economics and sustainable development.

On 1 September, at the opening of the 25th Vilenica International Literary Festival in Lipica, Slovenia, CEI Secretary General Amb. Pfanzelter presented the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence to the Croatian fiction writer and journalist Maja Hrgović.

The Secretary-General of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria, Ambassador Johannes Kyrle, visited the CEI Headquarters in Trieste on 16 August 2010.

In the context of the CEI Research Fellowship Programme – CERES co-funded by the EC through its Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development – Marie Curie Actions, 7 post-doc scientists were awarded a CERES fellowship.

110 outstanding musicians from 14 CEI countries have been selected by the Artistic Director, M° Igor Coretti-Kuret and will meet for the first time on 24 July in Assisi (Italy) for this year's CEI Youth Orchestra Summer Tour.

On 14 July 2010, the Director of the Venice-based UNESCO – BRESCE (Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe), Mr. Engelbert Ruoss, paid a visit to the CEI Secretary General, Amb. Gerhard Pfanzelter.

On 13 July 2010, the Italian Delegation of the CEI Parliamentary Assembly, headed by Hon. Roberto Antonione, paid a visit to the CEI Headquarters in Trieste.

The delegation was composed of Hon. Alessandro Maran, Hon. Aldo Di Biagio and Senator Tamara Blazina.

The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) are pleased to announce the winner of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2010, Mr. Adrian Mogoş from Romania.

For his short film “MAMA”, Géza M. Tóth was awarded with the CEI Prize (3.000 EUR) at the International Short Film and Debut Works Festival “Maremetraggio 2010”.

Financially supported by the CEI, the University of Bologna, Italy (Department of Agriculture) has successfully completed the BIOM-ALBA project aimed at  identifying the economic potential and technical impact of the biomass supply chain in Albania.

In mid June, the Secretariat for CEI Projects (CEI-PS) announced its new commitments through the CEI Trust Fund at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) financed by the Italian Government.

The annual meeting of the CEI Ministers of Foreign Affairs, held back to back with the Committee of National Coordinators meeting, was hosted by Montenegro in Budva (Bečići) on 15 June 2010 and chaired by H.E. Mr. Milan Roćen, Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs. In his introductory remarks, he reaffirmed the CEI’s central role in the cooperation of its Member States with the EU.

Jointly organized by the “New Energy for Ukraine” Alliance and the CEI, the recently held CEI Energy Forum in Kyiv focused on Renewable Energy Development (RES).

Hon. Roberto Antonione, member of the Italian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies) and Chairman of the International Group of Experts on the Strengthening of the CEI, has been elected Head of the Italian Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the CEI. 

The Executive Board of the CEI University Network (UniNet) has recently gathered in Budapest for its annual meeting (4 June).

CEI National Coordinators, EBRD Board Directors from CEI constituencies as well as other representatives from the EBRD and the two CEI Secretariats have recently gathered at the EBRD headquarters in London on the occasion of the CEI Steering Committee.

On 20 - 22 May, high ranking academics, experienced foreign service officers and young diplomats gathered on the occasion of the 13th CEI Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum.

Within the Montenegrin CEI Presidency, the meetings of the International Group of Experts (IGE) on the Strengthening of the CEI, the CEI Steering Committee and the CEI Committee of National Coordinators (CNC) were held in London last week.

On 25 May 2010 in Brussels, a CEI delegation led by Amb. Gerhard Pfanzelter took part in a roundtable discussion organized and chaired by Mr. Thierry Bechet from the Directorate General for External Relations.