The EU made a clear promise of a 'European future' to the Western Balkan states at its Thessaloniki summit in 2003. In July 2013 Croatia became the 28th member of the EU and thereby the process of integrating the post-Yugoslav states continued. Yet it looks unlikely that other post-Yugoslav countries will join the EU in a foreseeable future if major progress is not made. Is the EU unable to promote reforms and change political behaviour? Where do its weaknesses lie?
Soeren Keil of the Canterbury Christ Church University will present his research on the topic, which focuses on the relationship between the EU and the countries in the Western Balkans and examines the EU's processes of enlargement policy and external state-building. The discussion will seek to assess the successes and failures of the EU in the post-Yugoslav states.
Presentation by Soeren Keil, followed by a panel discussion featuring:
- MEP Doris Pack, Member of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo
- Jean-Eric Paquet, Director for Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, European Commission DG Enlargement, TBC
- Alexandra Stiglmayer, Senior Analyst, European Stability Initiative
Moderation by Martin Porter, General Manager of Edelman Brussels.
Registration and sandwich lunch from 12:30.