The Western Balkans in the European Union - Growing together or moving apart?

Event date
March 30, 2020 - April 1, 2020
Short description

The future development of the Western Balkans including the region’s integration into the EU was uncertain
for a while. The veto by the French President Emmanuel Macro against the opening of accession negotiations
with Albania and Northern Macedonia has further complicated the situation. 20 years after the Zagreb
summit in 2000 which provided perspective of European integration and after decades of profound crises in
the region, the future of the Western Balkans seems less certain than a few years ago.


While taking into account the numerous challenges within and among the countries of the region and with
and inside the European Union, this conference has a forward-looking approach and aims to develop
innovative ideas which might help to stop that the Western Balkans and the EU are growing further apart.
Together with practitioners and experts coming from the countries of the region and across the EU, we will
address three intertwined challenges – namely authoritarian rule, ongoing ethno-political cleavages, and the
search for a new European approach for the region. Jointly we will try to develop new opportunities and
perspectives on possible solutions.

Geographical focus
  • H2020
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
Event type
  • Conference in EU/international

Entry created by Admin on February 28, 2020
Modified on February 28, 2020