Perspectives on the Future of the Western Balkans
On 6 February 2018, the European Commission launched its new 'Strategy for the Western Balkans'. The document, aimed at creating renewed momentum around the need for further reforms in the region, also clearly signals the EU’s continued commitment to European integration of those southeast European countries that remain outside of the EU.
Can the new strategy address growing disillusionment with the enlargement process in the region and does the EU still have appeal in the Balkans? More broadly, has the recent standstill in the enlargement process created a power vacuum in the region and what are the competing influences at play?
At the same time, the UK, a longtime supporter and champion of EU enlargement, is leaving the Union. Can it maintain its engagement in the region and how will its role change as it leaves EU structures?
This event will comprise three separate sessions and look at the dynamics of domestic reforms in the region, the possible future role of Britain in the region post-Brexit and Russian influence in the Western Balkans.
Attendance at this event is by invitation only.