• From Romania to Finland

    Distance does (not) matter

    The Romanian Presidency of the EU Council was a period of reduced attention on the enlargement to the Western Balkans. Instead, during this period, the Union was largely focused on its own problems, such as preparing for European Parliament elections, the new composition of the European Commission, Brexit, problems in EU capitals, and the Multiannual Financial Framework negotiations, among others. It seems that the Western Balkans has missed the opportunity to make the most of the fact that three presidencies in a row were held by countries from the region. Bearing in mind that in the next six months the EU will probably remain focused inward, on its own problems, as well as the fact that now Finland is the far-off country presiding over the EU, how can the region use this six-month period?

    What are some achievements of the Romanian Council Presidency? What is in the cards for the Western Balkans during the incoming Finnish Council Presidency, when considering the priorities and geographical position of Finland? What can Serbia do to speed up its own EU accession process in this period?

    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. Oana-Cristina Popa, Ambassador of Romania to Serbia
    • H.E. Mr Kimmo Lähdevirta, Ambassador of Finland to Serbia
    • Ms Tanja Miščević, Head of the Negotiating Team for Accession of Serbia to the EU

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

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