It takes two to tango: What are the prospects for EU enlargement to the Western Balkans?

We would like to invite you to the debate "It takes two to tango: What are the prospects for EU enlargement to the Western Balkans?", which will take place on 17.10. at 17:30 on the premises of the University of Economics in Prague in room NB 169 (the Rector's meeting room). Address: Churchill 4, Prague 130 67.

The debate is organised by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Centre for European Studies VŠE and Fakulta mezinárodních vztahů VŠE v Praze /FMV/.
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The online stream will be available on our Facebook event and on the Facebook page of the Centrum evropských studií VŠE / Centre for European Studies VŠE

  • Othon Anastasakis, Director of the European Studies Centre and of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX), University of Oxford
  • H.E. Ilirian Kuka, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Albania to Czechia
  • Jana Juzová, Senior Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Moderator: Žiga Faktor, Head of Brussels Office, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy


Nearly a decade since the accession of Croatia into the EU, the enlargement process has stalled and the hope of the Western Balkan states to join the European Union has waned, too. However, Russia’s invasion in Ukraine has sparked a renewed interest in the EU’s enlargement agenda to include countries in the eastern neighborhood, sending some positive signs that the current impasse might be overcome. 
Our panel will address questions such as: can the EU gather the necessary consensus and will to move the EU enlargement process forward? What could motivate the Western Balkan countries to speed up the required reforms? And will the EU be able to confront the growing influence of third foreign actors in the region?


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Jana Juzová
Senior Research Fellow

Expertise: regionalism, Visegrad cooperation, democratization and European integration of the Western Balkan countries, EU enlargement

Žiga Faktor
Deputy Director & Head of Brussels Office

Expertise: European integration of Western Balkans, EU enlargement, Slovenian Politics and EU-Turkey relations

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