The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major focus of the Croatian presidency of the EU. Bearing in mind the seriousness of this crisis, Croatia has had the difficult task of harmonising the interests of EU member states, especially as a first-time EU president. Its mandate was also marked by the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU, as well as by continued negotiations regarding future relations with this state. Despite such turbulent circumstances, Croatia has nevertheless managed to maintain enlargement on the EU agenda – Albania and North Macedonia were given the green light to open accession negotiations and an Enlargement Summit was recently held virtually in Zagreb. At this event, we will discuss questions such as has the EU passed the test of solidarity when it comes to the fight against the pandemic. How will Germany adapt its programme and priorities based on this crisis? What is the place of the Western Balkans in all this?
14:00 – 15:00
Panel discussion moderated by Milena Lazarević, Programme Director, European Policy Centre – CEP, with participants:
- H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia
- H.E. Hidajet Biščević, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the Republic of Serbia
- H.E. Thomas Schieb, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Republic of Serbia
- Srđan Majstorović, Chairman of the Governing Board, CEP
15:00 – 15:30
Discussion with the audience.
* The working languages of the event is English. Simultaneous translation will be provided.
Attendance at the online event: by invitation only
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