The year 2020 has been pivotal for the Western Balkan region and enlargement is back on the EU’s agenda. However, COVID-19 not only hit the Western Balkan countries in a period of reacceleration of economic activity and put enormous pressure on fragile health systems, but also had an impact on the state of democracy in the region.
Join this online event hosted by European Liberal Forum to hear the perspective of the Western Balkans on the further development of the accession process and regionally relevant issues and policies. Featuring ALDE Party Vice-President Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP as a speaker.
Learn more and register here.
Thursday, 5 November 2020
09:30 – 09:45 Opening remarks
Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP, Vice-President of ALDE Party
Hilde Vautmans MEP, President of European Liberal Forum
09:45 – 10:00 Keynote speech
Olivér Várhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement
10:00 – 12:00 Getting it Right: From a renewed accession process to political, economic, and social transformation of the region
Moderator: Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP, Vice-President of ALDE Party
H.E. Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia
H.E. Gent Cakaj, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania
Nathalie Loiseau MEP, Chair of the EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence
Željana Zovko MEP, EP Committee on Foreign Affairs
Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of Regional Cooperation Council