Monday, 17th June 2024, from 17:30 to 21:00 h. CEST (UTC+2). Venue: EU Commission Representation in Spain, Pº de la Castellana 46, Madrid.

The Elcano Royal Institute and Egmont (the Royal Institute of International Relations of Belgium) are organising the roundtable ‘Defining an Enlarged and Deepened Europe’ to analyse two key issues for the future of Europe after the elections: enlargement and EU reform. The seminar, held in the context of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, aims to promote cooperation between the think tanks in Spain and Belgium, with participation from speakers from Latvia, North Macedonia, and Poland. The event will be concluded by the Secretary of State for the European Union and the Director General for European Affairs of the Belgian Government.

17: 30 – Opening

  • Geert Cockx, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Spain
  • Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute | @CharlesTPowell

17:45 – Panel I. Defining a widened Europe: EU enlargement prospects

  • Aleksandra Palkova, Head of EU Programme, Latvian Institute International Affairs (LIIA) Associate Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations ECFR) Lecturer Riga Stradins University RSU) | @Al_Palkova
  • Fani Karanfilova-Panovska, Special Advisor for Accession Negotiations and EU funds to the Vice Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs and Executive Director at Foundation Open Society – Macedonia (2015-2023) (Prespa Institute, Skopje)
  • Ruth Ferrero-Turrión, Professor of Political Science and European Studies at Unviersidad Complutense of Madrid | @RFT2
  • Chair: Jean-Louis De Brouwer, Director of the European Affairs Programme, Egmont Institute

19:15 – Panel II. Defining a deepened Europe: EU reform prospects

  • Frank Arnauts, Ambassador, Senior Coordinator for the Future of Europe, EU Strategic Foresight and Open Autonomy (Belgian Ministry Foreign Affairs)
  • Melchior Szczepanik, Head of Brussels Office, Polish Institute International Affairs (PISM) | @mEUlchior
  • Ignacio Molina, Senior Analyst for Europe, Elcano Royal Institute | @_ignaciomolina
  • Chair: Raquel García Llorente, analyst, Elcano Royal Institute | @RaquelGarciaLl2

20:30 – Closing session

  • Fernando Sampedro, State Secretary for European Union, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation | @FernandoSMEU
  • Bernard Quintin, Ambassador, Director General for Coordination and European Affairs a.i., Belgian Ministry of ForeignAffairs | @quintinEU1

– The event will be held in English without simultaneous translation.
– Please, register here.

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