In Dialogue with the Western Balkans: Creating a Region of Growth, Security and Connectivity on the Path to Europe








National Palace of Culture, Hall 8

With the new strategy for the Western Balkans of the European Commission the countries from the region were given a fresh perspective for joining the Union. The 2025 horizon is a new chance for the region the complete all the necessary reforms at home. The EU needs to start debating and communicating this new opportunity not only to policymakers, but also to the societies in the region. The public should play the role of a motivating factor for the governments during the next 5-7 years and demand reforms. That is why one of the main tasks of the EU should be to start a vivid dialogue with the societies in the Western Balkans: media, analysts, NGO activists and opinion makers, and to rely on their participation in the process.

First part of the event 


Second part of the event

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16 May 2018 | Wednesday


Registration and Working Lunch



• Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria • Andrej Plenkovic, Prime-minister of Croatia • Manfred Weber, Chair of the EPP Group in EP (TBC) • Eva Maydell, President of the European Movement International, Member of the European Parliament


Roundtable I: EU Perspective for the Western Balkans

At this roundtable, in line with the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018 and the European Commission’s Western Balkans Strategy the EU’s vision for the Western Balkans will be outlined. A selected group of policy makers, analysts, opinion makers and NGO activists will discuss in a round table style the realities and the European perspectives for the Western Balkans.


Roundtable II: EU-Western Balkans connectivity

This roundtable will outline the steps taken towards a greater connectivity between the Western Balkans region and the EU, within the current Strategy for the region and in the framework of the Berlin Process. The Balkan Summit in Sofia on 17 May will be followed by a Berlin Process meeting in London in July 2018.


Concluding remarks

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