• From Portugal to Slovenia

    Towards the Post-Pandemic Future of Europe

    The Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council was marked with a struggle to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic by procuring vaccines across Europe, all while making sure the Conference on the Future of Europe finally takes off after a one-year delay. Despite having such a crowded agenda, the Western Balkans have nevertheless managed to stay on EU’s radar. It came as a prelude to the potential start of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, as well as to the expected start of the intergovernmental conferences for Montenegro and Serbia in line with the revised enlargement methodology.

    Building on such a momentum, Slovenia will have a daunting task to balance between its prioritisation of the Western Balkans and addressing some of the most pressing issues of the EU. Besides highlighting the key achievements of the Portuguese Council Presidency, this panel will aim to uncover what is in the cards for the Western Balkans during the incoming Slovenian Council Presidency, when considering the priorities and geographical proximity of Slovenia. What can Serbia and the rest of the region do to speed up their own paths towards the EU in this period? What can the region do to position itself as a relevant voice among the ongoing talks on the future of Europe?


    Opening the event and presenting the discussants (5 minutes)

    Panel discussion (45 minutes)

    • H.E. Virgínia Pina, Ambassador of Portugal to Serbia
    • H.E. Damian Bergant, Ambassador of Slovenia to Serbia
    • Mateja Norčić Štamcar, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia
    • Srđan Majstorović, Chairman of the Governing Board, CEP

    Moderator: Strahinja Subotić, Programme Manager and Senior Researcher (CEP)

    Discussion with the audience (25 minutes)

    Please click on the following link to join the panel discussion:\


    * The working language of the event is English. Simultaneous translation into Serbian is provided. The event will be broadcast live via Facebook on the EU u Srbiji and Centar za evropske politike pages.

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