16 May 2023 | 10:00 am - 5:10 pm (CEST)
Sofia Tech Park
Fifty years after the first enlargement of the European Union and ten years since the last one, the EU integration of the Western Balkans is back on the agenda, revitalised by Russia’s aggressive war in Ukraine.
The radically changed geopolitical context should trigger and intensify the enlargement debate in the EU, and advance solutions to the long-standing stumbling blocks and unresolved tensions, thus securing unity and strong political ambition for the challenges ahead. Translating rhetoric into concrete actions is required from all parties involved.
The European Liberal Forum, supported by the ALDE Party and the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, have the pleasure of inviting you to the EU meets the Balkans Forum 2.0 on May 16, Sofia Tech Park, Innovation Forum John Atanasoff, which will bring together EU leaders, foreign ministers, policymakers, NGO representatives, and youth to discuss the next steps towards enhanced regional cooperation and EU integration of the region.
11:00 Welcoming remarks
Master of Ceremony
11:30 Addressing Common Challenges
12:40 Reconciliation: the key to EU Enlargement
13:00 100 Years of the Republic – Turkish Foreign Policy
13:50 100 The Deeper Balkans Region: South-Eastern European Union Initiative (Bulgaria – Greece – Romania)
Moderator: Anna-Maria Konova, Talk Show Host & Journalist, NOVA TV
14:40 Buffet Lunch – Hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
15:30 Ukraine Reconstruction: Euro-Atlantic and Global Perspective
16:20 Big Bang NATO Enlargement: Ministerial Reunion
Moderator: Svetoslav Ivanov, Talk Show Host & Journalist, BTV Media Group
Visiting tour of Sofia Tech Park