• From Finland to Croatia

    Council presidencies in times of change – what’s at stake for the Western Balkans?

    The Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU came at a turbulent moment for enlargement policy, especially after a “non” from France prevented the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia. Even though this move has caused shock waves among the expert community, it has also had the snowball effect of putting enlargement back on the agendas of EU leaders. This all took place in the context of yet another extension of Brexit, a prolongation of negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework, and the delay of the start of the new European Commission. How has Finland managed to balance the interests of member states in these issues, including enlargement? What are its key achievements as council president? What awaits the region and the EU as a whole during the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU? Is the summit in Zagreb simply going to be Sofia 2.0 or can the region expect more tangible commitments and results?

    The CEP’s discussion panel will explore these and other pertinent questions:

    • H.E. Mr Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia
    • H.E. Mr Kimmo Lähdevirta, Ambassador of Finland to Serbia
    • H.E. Mr Gordan Bakota, Ambassador of Croatia to Serbia
    • Mr Srđan Majstorović, Chairman of the Governing Board, CEP

    Panel discussion will be moderated by Ms Milena Lazarević, Programme Director, European Policy Centre – CEP.

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