In the context of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the purpose of this event is to discuss the prospect of the Balkan countries to join the EU. This event includes the participation of government officials who are responsible for the European integration policy of Spain, Slovenia and several candidate countries, as well as academic experts in the field.

9:30 Greetings and introductory remarks

  • Miguel Ángel Aguilar, President, Fundación Carlos de Amberes
  • Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute | @CharlesTPowell
  • Robert Krmelj, Ambassador of Slovenia to Spain
  • Maciej Popowski, Acting Director-General at the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission

9:45 to 10:45: First Session – Presidency European Union enlargement under the Slovenian presidency and beyond

  • Juan González-Barba, State Secretary for the European Union, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation of Spain | @JuanGBarba
  • Gašper Dovžan, State Secretary, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Nikola Dimitrov, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia | @NDimitrovMK
  • Jadranka Joksimović, Minister of European Integration of the Republic of Serbia
  • Megi Fino, Deputy Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs at Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania | @MegiFi
  • Ljubomir Mišurović, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro

Moderator: Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute | @CharlesTPowell

10:45 to 11:45: Second Session – The EUs daunting enlargement dilemmas  

  • Florian Bieber, Coordinator, Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group | @fbieber
  • Ivan Vejvoda, Acting Rector, Institute for Human Sciences | @IVejvoda
  • Vesko Garcevic, Professor, Boston University; former ambassador of Montenegro to NATO | @VeskoGarcevic
  • Peter Grk, Secretary General of Bled Strategic Forum
  • Ruth Ferrero, professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid | @RFT2

Moderator: María Solanas, Director of Programmes, Elcano Royal Institute | María_SolanasC

11:50 Closing remarks by Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute

See Concept paper: “The EUs next enlargement prospectsand pitfalls”

Friday, 19th November 2021, from 09:30 to 11:45 h. CET (UTC+1). Fundación Carlos de Amberes, c/ Claudio Coello, 99, Madrid, Spain.

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