European Security Cooperation with Eastern Neighbourhood and Western Balkans

This high-level event will discuss ideas and recommendations that ECFR policy fellows Nicu Popescu and Gustav Gressel make in their 2020 policy brief on the security compact, and to extend these ideas to the Western Balkans

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In recent years, the EU has taken a more ambitious foreign policy stance and declared its intention to become a geopolitical player and learn the language of power. The goal of this high-level event is to discuss ideas and recommendations that ECFR policy fellows Nicu Popescu and Gustav Gressel make in their 2020 policy brief on the security compact, and to extend these ideas to the Western Balkans.

Agenda

09h30 – 10h45: Session 1: Security Cooperation with Eastern Partnership countries

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  • Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General, DG NEAR, European Commission
  • Tomáš Petříček, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic
  • Nicu Popescu, Director of Wider Europe Programme, ECFR

Chaired by Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

11h30 – 12h45: Session 2: Security Cooperation with Western Balkans countries

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  • Nikola Dimitrov, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, North Macedonia
  • Frédéric Mondoloni, Director for Continental Europe, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Susanne Schütz, Director for South-Eastern Europe, Turkey and EFTA States, German Federal Foreign Office

Chaired by Vessela Tcherneva, Deputy Director, Head of the Sofia office, ECFR