“Shaping Europe, Welcome Croatia!” – 20 Years European Forum – Enlarging our Family

Introduction: The accession of Croatia to the EU on 1st July is the end of […]

15 - 16/06/2013


The accession of Croatia to the EU on 1st July is the end of a process, but it also brings up new questions on the future of EU enlargement policy. Hence, the conference would like to mark this event, but it also aims to invite the participants to a common reflection on the future of enlargement towards the South East European countries. The starting point of this reflection will be the outcome of the FEPS and European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity research programme in 2011 and 2012, the book “EU Enlargement Anno 2012: A Progressive Engagement”, which will be officially introduced for the first time in the region at this occasion.
The conference will gather politicians, progressive think tank representatives and academics to comment on the book and discuss on some of the main issues addressed by this publication.
For further information, please, contact Judit Tánczos, FEPS Policy Advisor at judit.tanczos@feps-europe.eu


10:00 – 11:00

Coffee and Registration of Participants Opening: Shaping Europe, Welcome Croatia!

Croatia’s EU membership and its consequences for Croatia and the SEE region

  • Neven Mimica, SDP Croatia, EC Commissioner-designate for consumer protection (tbc)

  • Tommy Waidelich, MP SAP Sweden, European Forum president to be Chaired by Lena Hjelm Wallén, European Forum president

    Q&A and Discussion

    Book presentation and panel discussion on EU enlargement and regional cooperation

    Opening speech:

  • Boris Tadić, former president of the Republic of Serbia, honorary president of the

    Democratic Party (DS)

  • Tonino Picula, MP SDP Croatia, observer MEP for the S&D Group in the EP

  • Kristian Vigenin, MEP for the S&D Group in the EP, Chair of the PES Task Force on

    Western Balkans

  • Maja Nenadović, PhD post-conflict statebuilding and democratization of the

    Western Balkans

    Intervention and reflection by:

  • Prof. André Gerrits, chair of the European Union Studies/International Studies at

    the University of Leiden

  • Representatives SD parties and foundations from SEE countries and the EU

    Chaired by Jan Marinus Wiersma, European Forum vice-president

    European Forum 20 Years Anniversary: reflecting and looking forward

    • Jan Marinus Wiersma, vice-president European Forum

    • Tanja Fajon, MEP for the S&D Group in the EP, SD Slovenia (tbc)

    • Karolina Leakovic, SDP international secretary

      Interventions by:

Representatives SD parties and foundations from SEE countries and the EU

11:00 – 13:00

13:00 – 14:30 14:30 – 16:30

Chaired by Arjen Berkvens, European Forum Secretary General

16:30 Closure
19:00 Dinner in town followed by farewell reception for European Forum President

Lena Hjelm Wallén

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