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EU enlargement to the Balkans: MEPs discuss the achievements of the Slovak Presidency

STRASBOURG - The Balkans are again at the centre of the European debate: the migrant crisis has put an enormous pressure on the region, while the outcome of the Brexit referendum has complicated the enlargement process in several ways. What will the future bring for the relationship between the EU and the Balkans? How will the enlargement process develop? And how could the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union bring this process forward?

These questions will be discussed by Members of the European Parliament during a conference-debate organized by the European Parliamentary Association, an organisation that brings together the Members of the European Parliament to foster an informal dialogue beyond political cleavages.

The event is organised with the support of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will take place on Wednesday, 26 October, at 6:30 p.m., in the seat of the European Parliamentary Association (Villa Schutzenberger, 76 Allée de la Robertsau in Strasbourg).


Key speakers will be two great experts of the topic: Eduard Kukan, a Slovak Member of the European Parliament, and Zoran Popovic, Serbian Ambassador in Strasbourg. Before entering the European Parliament, Eduard Kukan has been United Nations Special Envoy for the Balkans between 1999 and 2001 and Foreign Minister of Slovakia (1998-2006) in the period in which his country was accessing the European Union. Ambassador Popovic, before taking his current post, has served as an ambassador or head of the Embassy in Macedonia, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. Following the debate, there will be a cocktail with Slovak specialities. If you would like to attend the event, please register to