The Ukraine Lesson: EU Enlargement as Antidote to War

The European integration of the Western Balkans remains a strategically important policy for the EU, which is why this conference will bring together politicians, EU decisionmakers and leading experts from the Western Balkan countries to assess the EU’s strategy and objectives for the region for the next decade. 

This year the summit will host a number of high-level speakers, that will debate on the future of EU – Balkans integration in a series of five panels. The main theme of the event this year being “The Ukraine Lesson: EU Enlargement as Antidote to War”, is also strengthen by one of the panels, which will debate on the situation in the EU after the war in Ukraine. 


09:00-10:00 Registration and networking coffee 
10:00-10:20 Opening:

10:20-10:50 Decision-makers on the floor

10:50-11:00 Conversation: The cost of non-integration  

11:00-12:00 The benefits of integration  

Moderator: Federica Mogherini, Rector at College of Europe, HR/VP of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (2014-2019) 

12:00-13:00 Buffet Lunch: hosted by Teodora Genchovska, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria

13:00-13:20 Conversation: The EU after the Ukraine war 

Introducer: Boyko Vasilev, Journalist, Bulgarian National Television 

13:20-14:20 NATO and EU cooperation: prosperity vs. War 

Moderator: Nafisa Latic, Journalist, Turkish Radio and Television Corporation World 

14:20-15:20 Disinformation in time of crisis 

Moderator: Kiril Valchev, Director-General, Bulgarian News Agency (tbc) 

15:20 – 16:20 New EU perspective for Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership Countries

16:20 End of the event 

The event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Co-funded by the European Parliament. The views expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/or the European Liberal Forum. 

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