January 31, 2019 – A panel discussion: Think tanks in the age of post-truth politics: How to make facts matter (again) was held today in the organisation of the European Policy Centre (CEP) in Belgrade. The event was attended by more than 60 representatives of civil society, embassies, academic, professional and governmental sector.
At the event, the Go To Think Tanks Index Report for 2018 was presented. This Report represents the annual assessment of think tanks around the world, and on the occasion of its publication, in 80 countries and over 330 institutions and organisations, the same day events were held dedicated to its presentation. This year, the Report was presented in Serbia for the second consecutive year, organised by CEP.
Highlights of the panel discussion
“It is necessary for the dialogue between the professional community and the governing bodies to be significantly improved. If you do not trust experts, then you have a serious problem with the reality and sustainability of all those reforms that need to be implemented in the country,
“Today, the supply of credible and authentic facts is not particularly high,” Dan highlighted during the discussion. Dan added that the facts do not say much for themselves and that they need to be carefully analysed by the expert public and research organisations, after which
Jović expressed his concern that “post-truth has been profoundly dominated, almost everything can happen in the society because there is no responsibility for what has been said, anyone can say anything and get the attention of the media,” Jović said. He also stated that it is wrong that the word “elite” has become unpopular in the public, but that it should not fall under the rule of amateurism and that work should be done to strengthen the intellectual, social and economic elite in order to “at least establish a counterpart.”
Vučković also spoke about establishing a counterpart. She believes that it is most important to cultivate the culture of dialogue and truth, the skill of listening to different opinions, as well as opposing a policy based on lies. Vučković emphasized that it is necessary for citizens to face the facts and that the public interest must be in the first place.
After their address, other participants were involved in the discussion that was moderated by Milena Lazarević, CEP Programme Director.
Photo: Beta / Milan Obradović