For the 19th edition, Friends of Europe and its partners will address the political, economic and social issues that affect the Balkans. The annual Balkans Summit, taking place on Tuesday 4 December will bring together senior policymakers from the region to share their concerns and ideas with EU and member state policymakers. Our Balkans series has welcomed presidents, prime ministers and ministers, as well as a few hundred key representatives from the EU institutions, member states, business representatives and civil society.
The future of the Western Balkans is an issue that is moving swiftly up the European agenda. With economic stagnation, nationalism, populism, organised crime, corruption and external drivers of instability, Balkan countries face strong pressure as they wait to join the European Union. Key questions for policymakers to address include:
- Which are the priority political reforms that the Western Balkans must undertake to sustain the “credible enlargement perspective”?
- What are the key challenges and opportunities linked to key connectivity projects in the Western Balkans?
- Are Western Balkans leaders paying enough attention to the concerns of their young people as regards to education and entrepreneurship?
Interested in learning more?
- “The new EU strategy an opportunity for the Western Balkans” by Goran Svilanović
- “Western Balkans at a crossroads: new challenges, changing dynamics” 2017 Annual Balkans Summit report
- “Five youth recommendations for the Balkans to prosper” by Friends of Europe and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Mikaela d’Angelo, Programme Manager
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 20