Europeanisation meets democracy from below: The Western Balkans Europeanisation meets democracy on the search for new European and democratic Momentum (WB2EU)

EU enlargement has not been amongst the top priorities in Europe recently. The COVID-19 pandemic is dominating the political agenda and delaying internal reforms. At the same time the countries of the Western Balkans are struggling with additional problems. Democracies are under pressure, the rule of law is weakened and the current health and economic crises further complicates the search for renewed energies and optimism.
What challenges lie ahead for the EU and its closest neighbours on the Western Balkans? Why is it so complicated to strengthen the rule of law in these countries? And how to encourage and strengthen their European perspective?

March 23 2021, 14:30 – 16:00 (CET)

„New perspectives on rule of law and justice – Where do we stand and what do we need?“

Márta Pardavi, Co-Chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee

Nedim Hogić, PhD Candidate Sant‘ Anna School of Advanced Studies

Nikolaos Tzifakis, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of the Peloponnese

Moderators:
Vedran Džihić, Senior Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Politics
Paul Schmidt, Secretary General, Austrian Society for European Politics

March 24 2021, 10:00-12:00 (CET)

Internal Debate of the WB2EU Network

Perspectives from the countries, views from EU capitals, discussion of policy briefs‘ contents

March 24 2021, 16:00 – 17:00 (CET)

„How to get EU enlargement back on track? Prioritising rule of law and judicial reform.“
Katarina Barley, Vice President of the European Parliament
Nikola Dimitrov, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, North Macedonia
Karoline Edtstadler, Federal Minister for EU and Constitution, Austria
Jovana Marović, Executive Director of Politikon Network, Montenegro

Moderators:
Vedran Džihić, Senior Researcher, Austrian Institute for International Politics
Paul Schmidt, Secretary General, Austrian Society for European Politics

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