ELIAMEP organized, in the framework of the Mercator European Dialogue, the MP-Led initiative “We need to talk! Mercator European Dialogue x Western Balkans”.

This exclusive activity, which took place, on 6-7 December 2019, in Vienna, focused on sharing perspectives on the state of play of relations between countries of the Western Balkans and EU Member States and provided an informal space to for shared conversations in a trusting environment under the Chatham House rule.

Together with the high-level experts, participants had the chance to hear first-hand about the concerns and expectations of their colleagues on what the main challenges in the future of Europe and enlargement debates.

Dr. Ivan Vejvoda, Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences; former Senior Vice President for Programs, the German Marshall Fund of the United States presented to the MPs the role of enlargement policy in European integration. Prof. Florian Bieber, Coordinator, BiEPAG; professor of Southeast European History and Politics and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz discussed about the perspectives from Western Balkan countries. Dr. Corinna Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst and the Head of the European Politics and Institutions Programme at the European Policy Centre (EPC) analysed the perspectives from EU Member States. Prof. Ioannis Armakolas, Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy and Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics of South East Europe at the Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia identified key issues areas offering the possibility for progress.

This exchange has been initiated by network members Carmen Jeitler-Cincelli from the Parliament of Austria and Ágnes Vadai from the Parliament of Hungary.

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