2014 Session 6: Unfinished business in the heart of Europe I: Western Balkans

Dealing with the Past while looking to the Future

International conference, part of the presidential initiative 25 years free Bulgaria

11 and 12 November 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

Although all of the Western Balkan countries are firmly on the path to EU accession, the news that there will be no progress on enlargement for the next 5 years caused frustration across the region. The pro-EU protests in Ukraine revived the question of the EU accession perspective as a driving force for democratization and reform. So what is the role of the EU perspective in transition? What should be the next steps, in order to sustain the integration momentum in the Western Balkans?

Aleksandar Pejovic, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chief EU Negotiator (Montenegro)

Dimitrij Rupel, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs (1990 – 1992, 2000 – 2008) (Slovenia)

Kristof Bender, Deputy Chairman of the European Stability Initiative (Austria)

Vedran Džihić, Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


Moderator: Tim Judah, Balkans Correspondent at The Economist (United Kingdom)