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Opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia: lessons of the past

Neighbourhood and Enlargement
Date: Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:00 - 18:00

Venue: OSEPI, Rue du Trône 130, 1050 Bruxelles

The possibility of opening accession talks with Western Balkans candidate countries Albania and North Macedonia is supposed to be one of the topics of the European Council in June 2019. Politically sensitive decision should come at times when the enlargement process yet again stagnates and credibility of the EU prospects are questioned.

Will the Eu open the accession talks with the two candidate countries? What will be the determining factors? What are the risks and challenges of the accession negotiations? What can we learn from the experience of Serbia, Montenegro or Turkey? What can be done from the perspective of Central European countries?

Confirmed speakers:

- Marta Szpala, Centre for Eastern Studies, Poland

- Clive rumbold, Deputy Head of the Western Balkans division, EEAS

- Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, European Neighbourhood Council, Belgium

- Srdjan Cvijic, Open Society European Policy Institute, Belgium


Special remarks:

H. E. Suela Janina, Ambassador of Albania to the EU

H. E. Agneza Rusi, Ambassador of North Macedonia to the EU (TBC)



Jana Jůzová, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Czech Republic



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  • Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:00 - 18:00

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