• From Austria to Romania

    What prospects for enlargement in a preoccupied Union?

    The Austrian Presidency of the Council continued a period of increased attention on the enlargement to the Western Balkans, ushered in by the Juncker Commission and the preceding Bulgarian Presidency. Yet, despite Austria’s prioritisation of the Western Balkans’ EU perspective, it seems that the region has missed the opportunity to make the most of it, as reforms have been slow and regional reconciliation efforts hesitant at best. As the EU’s next semester will be marked by numerous internal priorities (European Parliament elections, Brexit, the Multiannual Financial Framework negotiations, to name a few), the question arises as to whether the enlargement momentum can be sustained. What are the particular achievements of the Austrian Council Presidency, particularly regarding the enlargement policy? What is in the cards for the Western Balkans during the Romanian Council Presidency? What can Serbia do to speed up its own EU accession process in this period? Finally, what can Serbia learn from Romania’s pre- and post-accession experience?

    These and other pertinent questions will be discussed by:

    • Sem Fabrizi, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia,
    • Nikolaus Lutterotti, Ambassador of Austria to Serbia,
    • Oana-Cristina Popa, Ambassador of Romania to Serbia,
    • Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of Serbia to the EU,
    • Srđan Majstorović, Chairman of the CEP Governing Board.

    The panel discussion will be moderated by Milena Lazarević, CEP Programme Director.

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