Online discussion: (Too) Many Proposals, Little Hope? How to Make Enlargement Work

1 July, 2022

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Online discussion: (Too) Many Proposals, Little Hope? How to Make Enlargement Work

The Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG), the European Fund for the Balkans, and the Southeast Europe Association (SOG) organised the online discussion on different proposals to reinvigorate EU enlargement, which are currently being discussed in the public. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine strongly altered the geostrategic positioning and relevance of the European Union, and evoked a new sense of urgency and importance of EU enlargement among member states. With the recent granting of candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, it is high time to discuss the effectiveness of the enlargement process and of different proposals to reform it.

The panelists presented and discussed the different proposal, ranging from ESI’s proposal to the “Staged Accession” proposal, developed by a group of think tankers, to the most recent mentioning of the French President Emmanuel Macron of a so-called “European Political Community”. What is in there, how feasible are these models, how do the different models relate to each other, and who would support/oppose them and why are some of the questions we will focus on in this debate.

The discussion took place on Monday, July 4th, 2022 from 15:00 to 16:15

Opening Remarks:

Manuel Sarrazin
German Federal Government Special Representative for the Countries of the Western Balkans

Florian Bieber
Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, Board Member of the Southeast Europe Association


Chloé Goupille
Europe Advisor, Cabinet of French President Emmanuel Macron

Milena Lazarević
Centre for European Policy

Adnan Ćerimagić
European Stability Initiative

Florent Marciacq
Observatoire des Balkans, Fondation Jean Jaurès

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