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    Stagiaire examines Habsburg heritage in Vojvodina

    Intern from Serba finishes IRE internship:

    In February and March Branka Agbaba stayed as an intern at the Institute of the Regions of Europe. As International Relations Officer at the University of Novi Sad, this experience will help her with her further professional development. This will give her the chance to present herself and her home institution in an even better way, by connecting and networking at the level of international cooperation and by getting acquainted with the principles of the European Integration, especially regarding people and institutions from non-EU, Western Balkan Countries.


    Dr. Franz Schausberger hands over the internship certificate to Branka Agbaba

    During her internship Ms. Agbaba prepared a scientific paper on the topic of ‘Via Habsburg in Vojvodina’, and came to the conclusion that the region represents a good example for a historical connection that has the potential for establishing and developing cooperation in the future. Throughout the history from the 17th to the 19th century, the tie between Austria and Serbia was very strong and important for both sides. This is especially true for the northern part of Serbia today known as Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, where the influence of the Habsburg monarchy was even more significant.

    Back in the 17th century, both entities were fighting for the same goals and with joint support in order to preserve the Christian religion, culture and tradition from the Ottoman Empire. This didn’t only happen to keep people’s rights, faith, and independence alive on a local level, but also to assure diversity in the region and in Europe. As a multinational area, inhabited by Serbs, Hungarians, Slovaks, Croats and people with other nationalities, today the Vojvodina still represents a great example of good understanding among people with different nationalities and religions.

    Therefore, the many cultural monuments and historical locations (especially in Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci) represent a heritage of great importance, which can be preserved properly for the future by using it for joint projects in the field of tourism and by providing mutual effort in developing further cooperation.

    “With great support and a warm welcome of the IRE team, it has been a great pleasure and experience to achieve new skills and knowledge by dealing with daily tasks during my one month internship as well as participating at the 8th IRE Expert Conference on ‘Mobility in Smart Regions’ in February 2019”, Branka concludes about her stay in Salzburg.

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