INVITATION: Reviving the EU Enlargement agenda: 2020 as a new opportunity for the Western Balkans

We would like to cordially invite you to an event organized by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Embassy of North Macedonia in Prague. The event will start with a keynote speach by H.E. Nikola Dimitrov: "EU's unfulfilled promise in the Western Balkans - time for strategic resolve during the Croatia's EU presidency", followed by a panel discussion: "Reviving the EU Enlargement agenda: 2020 as a new opportunity for the Western Balkans".

When and where? 

  • Wednesday, February 26, 5:30 PM–7 PM
  • Karolinum (Ovocný trh 3, Prague 1)

Keynote speaker: H.E. Nikola Dimitrov, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of North Macedonia

Panel speakers:

  • H.E. Nikola Dimitrov, Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of North Macedonia
  • Aleš Chmelař, Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
  • Jana Juzová, Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Moderator: Vladimír Bartovic, Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

The high expectations set for the opening of the accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia were crumbled last year by the decision of some EU Member States during the EU Council session back in October. The veto, led mainly by France, was a huge blow to the ambitions of the whole region and their efforts to follow the path to EU membership. Especially for North Macedonia, such a conclusion was very disappointing, as the country had invested enormous efforts into resolving a long-lasting dispute over its name with a ratification of Prespa Agreement, among adoption of other reforms. Nevertheless, the decision caused a lot of uproar from the member states and enlargement resurged as one of the central topics of the EU. The discussions resulted in a new methodology for the enlargement process adopted by the European Commission, possibly softening the attitude of President Macron on future EU enlargements. 

Can we expect a shift in EU’s approach towards the region of Western Balkans during European Council session in March and the Zagreb Summit in May? Can the EU regain its credibility in the Western Balkans after years of hesitations and inconsistency? How important is the opening of accession talks for both the EU and Western Balkans? Will the new methodology make the enlargement process more efficient, especially with regard to the rule of law and democratic reforms? And what is the stance of the Czech Republic towards the EU enlargement policy?

The event will be followed by a cocktail reception.

You can also find the event on Facebook.

To attend the event, it is necessary to register using this link. Confirming your attendance on Facebook is not enough. 

 

#EU #Western Balkan #Republic of North Macedonia

Jana Juzová
Research Fellow

Expertise: regionalism, Visegrad cooperation, democratization and European integration of the Western Balkan countries, EU enlargement

Žiga Faktor
Head of Brussels Office

Expertise: EU institutional issues, Economic and Monetary Union, € and European budget, Brexit, EU foreign policy, EU enlargement with the focus on Western Balkans, Slovak foreign and domestic policy and economic issues

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