EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Faculty of International Relations at the Prague University of Economics and Bussiness, and Centre for European Studies at the Prague University of Economics and Bussiness cordially invite you to an event titled

It takes two to tango: What are the prospects for EU enlargement to the Western Balkans?

The debate will take place on Monday, 17th October 2022, from 17:30 in the meeting room NB 169 at Prague University of Economics and Business, náměstí W. Churchilla 4. 
The discussion will be held in Englis
and will also be live-streamed on our Facebook.

For in-person participation, please register via this link.

To watch the discussion on Facebook, please follow this link.
You will be able to ask your questions in the comment section below the video.

You can find more information about the debate at our Facebook event.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Othon Anastasakis, Director of the European Studies Centre and of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), University of Oxford
  • Jana Juzová, Senior Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
  • Josef Zrzavecký, Expert on Western Balkans, Department of Analysis and Planning, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (TBC)

Moderator: Žiga Faktor, Head of Brussels Office, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Nearly a decade since the accession of Croatia into the EU, the enlargement process has stalled, and the hope of the Western Balkan states to join the European Union has waned, too. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked a renewed interest in the EU’s enlargement agenda to include countries in the Eastern neighbourhood, sending some positive signs that the current impasse might be overcome. Our panel will address questions such as: Can the EU gather the necessary consensus and will to move the EU enlargement process forward? What could motivate the Western Balkan countries to speed up the required reforms? And will the EU be able to confront the growing influence of third foreign actors in the region?