Join us at Friends of Europe’s annual European Policy Summit “WESTERN BALKANS AT A CROSSROADS – New challenges, changing dynamics” on Tuesday 5 December in Brussels. The event is co-organised with the Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with the support the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the European Commission.
UNDER DISCUSSION /
The future of the Western Balkans is an issue that is moving swiftly up the European agenda. But rising instability, territorial disputes and ethnic rivalries mean many in Europe fear a return to war and conflict in the region. And with more than one in five people unemployed, the region still has many reforms to make.
Democracy, peace and stability, as well economic development and integration in the Western Balkans, depends not only on the policies and actions of national governments but on regional, municipal and city authorities. But with the Western Balkan states now clearly at a crossroads between EU accession and maintaining the status quo, it isn’t clear which course these decision-makers will take.
Key questions include:
What are the main security challenges in the region, especially regarding the influence of external actors?
What are the biggest obstacles that face businesses in the Western Balkans in their day-to-day operations – and is the situation improving?
What can the EU do to help increase interconnectivity and local cooperation within the Western Balkan states?
WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF /
Christian Danielsson, European Commission Director-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations
Tanja Fajon, Member of European Parliament Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo
Andrew Plitt, Senior Development Adviser, United States European Command (EUCOM)
Ayşe Cihan Sultanoglu, Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Goran Svilanović, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
Should you have any questions before the event, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to welcoming you.
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