mogherini conference


International round table discussion with think-tank representatives in the framework of EU’s Global Foreign Policy Strategy Review and the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy

The review of the European Security Strategy of 2003 has started a long-awaited process that has been called for by practitioners and analysts alike. Since 2003 EU’s strategic environment has changed dramatically. The challenges we face vary both geographically and in their nature, be them climate change, cyber security, scarcity of natural resources, hybrid wars, ethnic and religious conflicts or migration. With the launch of EU’s Global Foreign Policy Review, an even bigger challenge is still standing – to guide the process accordingly and avoid its derailment in the sense of an ever-widening scope, i.e. attempting to address all issues and as a result fail to focus on those of immediate and pressing significance. Indeed, in 2015 we face a Europe that is “more connected, more contested and more complex”, but the reality remains that Europe needs to take care of its neighbourhood first and foremost, not only for the sake of its own security but also for the sake of paying its dues to the transatlantic partnership. Following this rationale, the Western Balkans, Turkey and the Eastern Neighbourhoods should be in the core of the review. In order to contribute to the process, ECFR and Sofia Platform jointly hosted think tanks from the neighbouring regions, in order to feed into the review processes of the Global Foreign Policy Strategy and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

The discussion was framed in four panels dedicated to the Black Sea region, EU’s Global Strategy Review, the Western Balkans and energy in the Wider Europe region.

Watch the full recording of HR Federica Mogherini’s participation at Sofia Platform event “The EU in a changing global environment: what next for EU’s neighbours” which took place on 23 July 2015. The discussion features also Bulgarian foreign minister Daniel Mitov, Bulgarian deputy prime-minister Meglena Kuneva and ECFR-Sofia director Vessela Tcherneva.

Listen to the rest of the discussions that took place during our event here:

Panel 1: “Unrewarding crossroads: the Black Sea region amidst the EU and Russia” featuring:

Georgi Pirinski, Member of the European Parliament, ECFR Council Member (Bulgaria)
Andrey Makarychev, Visiting Professor at University of Tartu in Estonia (Russia)
Ghia Nodia, Chairman of the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development (Georgia)
Iryna Solonenko, DAAD/OSF Scholar at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder (Ukraine)
Richard Giragosian, Founding Director of Regional Studies Center (Armenia)
Moderator: Louisa Slavkova, ECFR/Sofia Platform (Bulgaria)

Panel 3: “Panel 3: The EU’s Unfinished Business: What Next for the Western Balkans and Turkey?” featuring:

Dzhema Grozdanova, Head of Foreign Affairs Committee, Bulgarian National Assembly, ECFR Council Member (Bulgaria)
Alida Vracic, Executive Director of the think tank Populari (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Hedvig Morvai, Executive Director of the European Fund for the Balkans, ECFR Council Member (Serbia)
Remzi Lani, Executive Director of the Albanian Media Institute (Albania)
Sinan Ülgen, Chairman of the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (Turkey)
Stevo Pendarovski, Assistant Professor, the University American College Skopje (Macedonia)
Moderator: Tim Judah, The Economist (UK)

Panel 4: “Beyond the Pipeline Knot: The Future of the Energy Sector in the Wider Europe Region” featuring:

Julian Popov, Fellow of the European Climate Foundation (Bulgaria/UK)
Anca Mihalache, Senior Analyst at Energy Policy Group (Romania)
Chi Kong Chyong, Director of Energy Policy Forum at the University of Cambridge (UK/Ukraine)
Oktay Tanrisever, Editor, Energy and Diplomacy Journal, Professor at the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University (Turkey)
Moderator: Adelina Marini, Founder and Editor-in-chief of euinside (Bulgaria)