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Focus on the Western Balkans: Hopes, setbacks, new perspectives and the impact of the Ukraine war on the region

28 March, 2022

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Focus on the Western Balkans: Hopes, setbacks, new perspectives and the impact of the Ukraine war on the region

On the initiative of the Secretary General Mr. Harald Dossi, the Austrian Parliament is organizing a discussion in cooperation with the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group.

The event "The Western Balkans in Focus: Hopes, Setbacks, New Perspectives and the Effects of the Ukraine War on the Region" is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.  

The Secretary General of the Austrian Parliament, Mr. Harald Dossi will present his opening remarks, and the keynote addressing will be given by Florian Bieber, BiEPAG's Coordinator and Head of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, and Damir Kapidžić, BiEPAG's Member and Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Sarajevo.

The discussion will also include representative of the bilateral parliamentary groups of Austria and the countries of the Western Balkans - Ewa Ernst-Dziedzic (Greens), Chairwoman of the Bilateral Parliamentary Group Austria-Albania, Bedrana Ribo (Greens), Chairwoman of the Bilateral Parliamentary Group Austria-Bosnia-Herzegovina, Carmen Jeitler-Cincelli (Austrian People’s Party), Chairwoman of the Bilateral Parliamentary Group Austria-Kosovo, Gudrun Kugler (Austrian People’s Party), Chairwoman of the Bilateral Parliamentary Group Austria-Serbia as well as Eva Blimlinger (Greens) from the Bilateral Parliamentary Group Austria-Montenegro, and Christian Buchmann (Austrian People’s Party) from the Bilateral Parliamentary Group Parliamentary Group Austria-North Macedonia.

The event will be moderated by Florian Bieber and Aleksandra Tomanić, Executive Director of the European Fund for the Balkans. The closing remarks will be given by Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the National Council.

The event will be in German, and it will be streamed live. The livestream will be available in the Mediathek | Parlament Österreich shortly before the start of the discussion.
Media representatives are cordially invited and can register at medienservice@parlament.gv.at 

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