Join our Partner Friends of Europe’s annual European Policy Summit “EU-Western Balkans: enlargement, integration and the challenge of transformation” taking place on Tuesday 4 December from 09:30 to 13:30 in Brussels. The event is organised in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The Western Balkans have moved rapidly to the top of the European agenda. But the region faces an array of challenges. As Balkan countries pursue the path towards European Union membership, they have to deal with stagnating economies but also nationalism, populism, organised crime, corruption and external drivers of instability. The European Commission’s new strategy is an ambitious step in the right direction because it acknowledges the need for bringing the Western Balkans closer to the EU during the accession process. But much will depend on whether the region has the political will and determination to push ahead with the many required changes.
Key questions include:
Which are the priority political reforms that the Western Balkans must undertake to sustain the “credible enlargement perspective”?
What are the key challenges and opportunities linked to key connectivity projects in the Western Balkans?
Are Western Balkans leaders paying enough attention to the concerns of their young people as regards to education and entrepreneurship?
>> Further information will be available on our website early September
Friends of Europe is looking for partners for this event. Should you be interested, please contact us.
Should you have any questions before the event, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to welcoming you.