On 12th and 13th March, 2020, United Europe’s 18th Young Professionals Seminar will take place in Zagreb (arrival on 11th, departure on 14th March). In cooperation with EUROPAEUM, a network of leading European Universities, we are inviting young European talents from all professions to a seminar on:
The EU and the Balkan region – the state of play
With Croatia’s accession to the EU in July 2013, the EU signalled to the other states of the Western Balkans that accession to the EU would be possible if they reformed accordingly and converged with basic European values. But instead of convergence, the EU and the Western Balkans are growing apart. This means that the Balkan region remains a major political construction site – economically, culturally, ethnically and historically highly complex, with very different expectations of the EU.
In addition, the region faces problems of illiberalism, democratic backsliding and corruption practices. Some countries in the region seem far from being able to meet the requirements of EU accession in the near future. Other challenges which are relevant in the region include:
– Sustainability and economic growth
– Security and geopolitical challenges
– the EU Enlargement policy
– Regional demographics and brain drain
On the occasion of Croatia’s EU Presidency, during the first semester of 2020, we invite 25 Young Professionals as well as students from the Europaeum Network from all over Europe to Zagreb to discuss the following issues:
– What are Croatia’s goals in its EU Presidency?
– What about corruption, democracy and media freedom in the Balkan countries?
– What influence does China have in the Balkans with its Belt & Road initiative? What does this mean?
– How does the role of Russia in the region affect stability?
– What are the causes of the divergence between Western and Eastern Europe?
– Are solutions conceivable to overcome the division and promote the integration of the whole of the Balkan region into the EU?
The seminar language will be English.
As a prework, applicants are required to write a short text (1 – 2 DIN A4 pages/6.500 characters max) about “Is the EU/EU membership a solution for the Balkans? How could both benefit from this?”
Applications must include this very text, a brief cover letter indicating interest and motivation (1 page, including the question, what you expect from this seminar), together with a CV (incl. a photo and the date of birth, max. 2 pages). All documents must be submitted electronically in PDF format in English language and should not exceed 2 GB. We can only consider complete applications.
Please send your application in one document until 24th January, 2020 (12:00 pm) to email@example.com.
We will inform you about the decision on 7th February, 2020.