To close the two days, a concluding address was given by the former Vice-Chancellor of Austria and President of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), Erhard Busek as well as by the Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Serbia, Roksanda Ninčić.
As side event, the annual Commission on Media Policy, financially supported by European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and by the European Commission (EC), took place on 23 November. More than 50 media-representatives participated and discussed together with Serbian Ombudsman Saša Janković. The responsibility of journalists under the question: Is there a greater good in my good?
Part of the events were also two awarding ceremonies. The annual CEI SEEMO Investigative Journalism Award was given to Albanian journalist Lindita Cela in the category „Professional Journalist“, and to the Belarus journalist Artsiom Harbatsevich in the „Young Journalist“ section. Iurie Sanduta from Moldova was given a special mention for his investigative work.
The Dr. Erhard Busek SEEMO Award for Better Understanding was received by Turkish journalist and representative of Reporters without Borders (RSF) in Turkey, Erol Önderoglu, who is a well-known ambassador for media freedom and journalists’ rights in Turkey and strongly suffered from state oppression during the last months and even spend some days in custody after expressing his solidarity with a Kurdish newspaper.