Back on the Agenda: EU Enlargement and Western Balkans
On April 10, 2018 the Centre for European Perspective and its partners organized an event "Back on the Agenda: EU Enlargement and Western Balkans" in Brussels, Belgium. This event brought together experts, civil society representatives and youth leaders of the Western Balkans, all in order to discuss the challenges their respective States are facing, ideas that should be put forward in form of a list of recommendations to the EU representatives, policy makers and think tanks.
The event consisted two phases: discussions between the civil society experts and youth representatives and presentation of recommendations at the European Commission in Brussels. The first phase included lengthy discussions on topics such as democratization, social affairs, participation and reconciliation. These discussions were further divided into the overall summary of the issue, good practices, what could be done to mitigate the negative factors, thus resulting in concrete recommendations to policy-makers.
The recommendations on each of topics mentioned above were presented and delivered in a public discussion at the European Commission in Brussels, at which Mr. Molnar Balazs, Deputy State Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary; Mr. Peter Grk, National Coordinator for the Western Balkans, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia; Ms. Marlene Bartes, European Commission - Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture; and Mr. Albert Sese Ballart, European Commission - Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture and Ms. Tanja Fajon, Member of European Parliament from Slovenia, responded to individual presentations and engaged in a dialogue with young civil society representatives.
Mak Selimović, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Association for United Nations, participated at the event, as one of the representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Meliha Muherina, Vice-President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Association for United Nations was involved in this event as a Centre for European Perspective representative.