After 2016 - New Perspectives for the Western Balkans in the European Union?

Invitation to the Western Balkans Reflection Forum titled “After 2016 – New Perspectives for the Western Balkans in the European Union?”, taking place on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 in Kino Kriterion from 18h00 to 21h00.

The Forum will gather representatives of civil society (activists, analysts, advocates) from Bosnia and Herzegovina and from across the Western Balkans and the European Union, as well as Members of Parliament and other decision-makers to discuss and debate the achievements of the ‘Berlin Process’ and the way forward.

The Reflection Forum in Sarajevo is part of a larger series of events, which aim to seize the potential of the 'Berlin Process' for regional cooperation and for paving the way to the Western Balkans’ eventual EU accession.

18h00 Welcome and opening

Felix HENKEL, Dialogue Southeast Europe, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Florent MARCIACQ, Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (CFA/ÖFZ)

18h15 After 2016 - New Perspectives for the Western Balkans in the European Union?

Tonino PICULA, Member of the European Parliament (S&D/HR), Brussels
Nedžma DŽANANOVIC-MIRAŠCIJA, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo
Srecko LATAL, Social Overview Service SOS, Sarajevo
Vedran DŽIHIC, Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Vienna
Eleonora POLI, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome

Introduction and Moderator:
Tobias FLESSENKEMPER, Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), Nice/Berlin

19h15 Open debate on achievement and challenges

  • The perspectives of EU accession

  • Bilateral relations in South Eastern Europe

  • Connectivity / Infrastructure

  • Regional Youth Cooperation Office

  • Civil society involvement

  • Migration and mobility

  • Political situation in EU member states

  • Russia´s, Turkey´s, the US’ and China´s role

  • Future of the “Berlin process”

20h00 Refreshments & opportunity for informal exchange

Please confirm your participation in the Forum at your earliest convenience by sending an email to You may also reach us at 033.711 540.

The roundtable and debate is organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the Centre international de formation européenne, the Centre Franco-Autrichien pour le Rapprochement en Europe and the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisors Group (BiEPAG) with the support of the German Foreign Office/Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe and Erasmus+.

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