Western Balkans vs the EU: Ways of Tackling Discrimination through Institutional Mechanisms

14:00 - 15:30, Dejan

Do institutions of progressive European countries tackle discrimination differently than those in the Balkans? What are the differences regarding legal and practical mechanisms that these countries use? How do the institutions of Commissioners for Equality function? What are mutually beneficial lessons that these institutions can give to each other? During this panel, the Commissioners for Equality from Norway, Montenegro, Albania and Serbia will discuss the above mentioned questions, and many more.


  • Siniša Bjeković, Protector of Human Rights and Freedoms of Montenegro
  • Robert Gajda, Albanian Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination
  • Brankica Janković, Commissioner for Protection of Equality
  • Neža Kogovšek Šalamon, Head of Department, Advocate of the Principle of Equality, Slovenia; ECRI Member for Slovenia
  • Relja Pantić, Head of the Department for Dealing with Complaints in the Public Sector (moderator)