Brussels and the Western Balkans: Next Steps for the EU Integration Process

Monday, October 26, 2009
9:00am - 6:00pm
Kellogg Conference Center, International Affairs Building

Since the EU committed to enlarge to the Western Balkans at its 2003 Thessaloniki Summit, the countries of the region have made little progress in their efforts to join the European Union. This Harriman Institute/East Central European Center-Wilson Center conference will address the following questions:

1 Can the Western Balkan countries fulfill EU accession requirements as they now stand?

2) If not, does the EU need to come up with a new accession mechanism for the Western Balkan countries (and can it do so)?

3) If it is not realistic for the EU to come up with a new accession mechanism for the Western Balkans, what alternatives are there for accelerating the Western Balkans' accession process?

Participants:

Marie-Janine Calic, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

Milica Delevic, Director, European Union Integration Office, Belgrade

Vladmir Drobnjak, Chief Negotiator for Accession Negotiations with the EU, Government of Croatia

Venelin Ganev, Miami University of Ohio

Nida Gelazis, Wilson Center, Washington, DC

Tim Judah, Balkans correspondent, The Economist

Erion Veliaj, Mjaft, Tirana

Presented by the Harriman Institute, the East Central European Center, and the Wilson Center of Washington, DC.

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