Western Balkans Beyond 2020: Actions And Decisions In Times Of Pandemic


The year 2020 was pivotal for the Western Balkan region and the enlargement is back on the EU’s agenda. However, the COVID-19 not only hit the Western Balkan countries in a period of reacceleration of economic activity and put enormous pressure on the already fragile health systems in place, but also had an impact on the state of democracy in the region. Despite the global pandemic, the Zagreb Summit proclaimed the EU’s “…unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans” and highlighted the ample financial package of support provided by the EU to the region. The event would represent a great opportunity to hear the perspective of the Western Balkans states on the further development of the accession process and elaborate of regionally relevant issues and policies.

Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP Renew Europe, Vice-President of ALDE Party – Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Hilde Vautmans, MEP, President of European Liberal Forum
Olivér Várhelyi, Commissioner for EU Neighbourhood & Enlargement
H.E. Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia
H.E. Gent Cakaj, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania
Nathalie Loiseau, MEP, Chair of the EP Subcommittee on Security and Defence
Željana Zovko, MEP, EP Committee on Foreign Affairs
Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of Regional Cooperation Council

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