Brüssel: 4.12.18 – EU-Western Balkans: enlargement, integration and the challenge of transformation


Join our partners event: Friends of Europe’s annual European Policy Summit “EU-Western Balkans: enlargement, integration and the challenge of transformation” on Tuesday 4 December from 09:00 to 13:30 in Brussels. The event is organised in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with the support of the European Commission and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC).

The Western Balkans have moved rapidly to the top of the European agenda. Countries of the region have to deal with stagnating economies, nationalism, populism, organised crime, corruption as well as external drivers of instability. The European Commission’s new strategy is an ambitious step in the right direction, confirming the European future of the region. But much will depend on whether the region has the political will and determination to push ahead with the many required changes.
Which are the priority political reforms that the region must undertake to sustain the “credible enlargement perspective”?
What are the key challenges and opportunities linked to its key connectivity projects?
Are leaders paying enough attention to the concerns of their young people as regards to education and entrepreneurship?
Christian Danielsson, European Commission Director-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Radmila Sekerinska, Macedonian Minister of Defence
Etilda Gjonaj, Albanian Minister of Justice
Goran Svilanović, Secretary-General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
Philip Reeker, Foreign Policy Advisor and Civilian Deputy to the US European Command
Blerta Thaçi, Executive Director of Open Data Kosovo
Djuro Blanusa, Secretary-General of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO)

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