The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU came as last in the Trio that had a difficult job of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Slovenia’s key focus in that regard was on boosting the EU’s resilience and recovery with the aim to put the EU back on its feet and usher the path for the development of a Health Union. Despite having hands full with handling the health crisis, Slovenia nevertheless managed to place a notable focus on enlargement, particularly by organising the EU-Western Balkan Summit. Meanwhile, France as a founding member of the EU is facing high expectations, particularly as it is next in the line to take over the responsibility of continuing recovery all the while presiding over the Conference on the Future of Europe which is to reach conclusions with the aim to set the stage for future reforms. On top of that, considering that France adopted its national strategy for the Western Balkans in 2019, many hope that France will find room to prioritise enlargement during its term as well.
Besides highlighting the key achievements of the Slovenian Council Presidency, this panel will aim to uncover what is in the cards for Serbia and the rest of the Western Balkans during the incoming French Council Presidency. Will France be eager to accept novel ideas for staged accession and integrate them in its programme? How can the Western Balkans contribute to the talks on the future of Europe during the French presidency?
Opening the event and presenting the discussants (5 minutes)
Panel discussion (45 minutes)
- H.E. Emanuele Giaufret, Head of the Delegation and the Ambassador of EU to Serbia
- H.E. Damjan Bergant, Ambassador of Slovenia to Serbia
- H.E. Pierre Cochard, Ambassador of France to Serbia
- Milena Lazarević, Programme Director (CEP)
Moderator: Srđan Majstorović, Chairman of the Governing Board, CEP
Discussion with the audience (25 minutes)
Link for registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ATctPmIiSsOD4QD509lXPQ
*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.