“The European Union, Albania and the Western Balkans: Making enlargement a more credible process”

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Roundtable organised in framework of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Accession, for some countries of the region, may be in sight. But it is hardly in reach, at least in the years to come. The EU’s reform agenda and forthcoming elections of the European Parliament, multiannual financial framework negotiations, Brexit and other internal and external affairs will continue to capture the attention and mobilise the energy of the member states and EU institutions in the near future. These competing priorities will not make enlargement a smoother, more predictable process; instead, they will make it more dependent on EU politics. How to keep enlargement on the EU’s agenda, not only in Brussels, but also in EU capitals? How to better prepare EU Member States for enlargement? Which broader geopolitical factors will have an impact on the EU’s enlargement policy?

This roundtable, which will take place in the framework of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will address these questions and many others. It will open an interactive discussion between key experts from the EU and WB6 on the one side and students, researchers and citizens of Albania on the other side. The event is part of the “Western Balkans Reflection Forum” initiative, a framework project launched in 2015 by a network of European think tanks in support of the Berlin Process.

The event will be held in Tirana, on November 07, 16-18.00 at the premises of the European University of Tirana.

Draft programme of the event can be consulted here. For more information contact Cooperation and Development Institute info@cdinstitute.eu

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