New Trio, new challenges. The previous Trio, consisting of Germany, Portugal, and Slovenia, was defined by its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. For the new triumvirate, being comprised of France, the Czech Republic, and Sweden, the stakes are high, as the world faces a great challenge and the change of the order as we know it. The challenge of presiding over the EU becomes increasingly difficult due to the unprovoked and unjustified Russian aggression on Ukraine – an EU associated state. In such an unfavourable context, France has had a significant burden to bear while its freshly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the EU’s number-one crisis manager. How did France manage to adjust its Presidency programme and priorities once the war broke out? Have France’s efforts made Europe more sovereign? Did the (highly) anticipated EU-Western Balkan Conference live up to the expectations?
As France is handing over the baton to Czechia, with the EU deliberating on how to reaffirm Ukraine’s EU future, the war nevertheless continues to rage hard. Having already tasted an invasion in 1968 during Prague Spring, Czechia seems to be well placed to strongly advocate for stepping-up the game. Yet, as the EU27 have yet to reach unanimity on the 6th sanctioning package and the number of Ukrainian refugees is continuously increasing, this Central European country will have an important role to play as a mediator in the next six months. What next can be done by the EU to bring the war to an end? How can the EU internally strengthen itself in the next period by using the results of the Conference on the Future of Europe? What about enlargement? Will the idea of staged accession become a new paradigm for reenergising this policy of paramount geopolitical importance?
These and other relevant questions will be answered at this CEP’s event.
Opening the event and presenting the discussants (5 minutes)
Panel discussion (60 minutes)
- H.E. Emanuele Giaufret, Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Serbia
- H.E. Pierre Cochard, Ambassador of France to Serbia
- H. E. Tomaš Kuchta, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Serbia
- Milena Lazarević, Co-founder and Programme Director (CEP)
Moderator: Srđan Majstorović, Chairman of the Governing Board, CEP
Discussion with the audience (25 minutes)
* The working language of the event is English. Simultaneous translation into Serbian is provided.
*This event is invitation-only. If you wish to attend, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Given the fact that the number of participants is limited, all registrations will be reviewed and confirmed by the CEP.