The EU and the Balkan region – the state of play
With Croatia’s accession to the EU in December 2011, the EU signalled to the other states of the Western Balkans that accession to the EU would be possible if they
With Croatia’s accession to the EU in December 2011, 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.
On the occasion of Croatia’s EU Presidency 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 takes place in cooperation with The Europaeum, the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
12 (Thursday) 09:00 - 13 (Friday) 22:00
Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Zagreb