16 May: In Dialogue with the Western Balkans


14th May, 2018

16 May, 2018 

In Dialogue with the Western Balkans: Creating a Region of Growth, Security and Connectivity on the Path to Europe


  • Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Andrej Plenkovic, Prime-minister of Croatia
  • Manfred Weber, Chair of the EPP Group in EP
  • Mikuláš Dzurinda, WMCES President, former Prime Minister of Slovakia (1998-2006)

Roundtable I: EU Perspective for the Western Balkans

  • Ekaterina Zaharieva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria
  • Nikola Dimitrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 
  • Angelina Eichhorst, Deputy Managing Director for Western Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey- European External Action Service

Roundtable II: EU-Western Balkans connectivity

Lіlуana Pavlova, Mіnіѕter for the Bulgarіan Preѕіdenсу of the Counсіl of the EU 2018

  • Rosen Pleveliev, President of Bulgaria (2012-2017)
  • Dorina Cinari, Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry, Albania
  • Christian Danielsson, Director-General, DGNEAR

Chaired by:

Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director and Head of ECFR Sofia Office

Mikuláš Dzurinda, WMCES President

Eva Maydell, EMI President and Member of the EP

As a part of the event calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018, on the 16th of May, we held an event titled: "In Dialogue with the Western Balkans: Creating a Region of Growth, Security, and Connectivity on the Path to Europe". The conference aimed at initiating a discussion between the EU and the civil societies of the WB6. That is why we invited more than 30 participants from the Western Balkans – Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Amongst them were distinguished figures from the NGO world, media, and academia in the region. 



The event was organized by ECFR and Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies. With the support of the EMI and the Ministry of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU 2018.

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