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PANEL I: “WESTERN BALKANS: GREMLINS OF THE PAST AND FAIRY TALES OF THE FUTURE”

May 31 @ 10:30 - 12:15

Western Balkans has, alike the rest of Europe, been experiencing “the very taste” of geopolitics, with growing influence of Russia, China and Turkey that are exercising their role and influence in the region through carefully crafted soft power “recipes”. But to be fair, many of the region’s problems are still internal. From Serbia-Kosovo dispute, ethnic tensions and divisions in Bosnia and Herzegovina to high corruption and unemployment rate and generally unenviable economic situation. These issues in combination with lurking external influences can have crucial impact in shaping the future of this region. However, not everything is gloomy, Montenegro marks this year its second anniversary of NATO membership and has made important progress towards its EU membership. Following its steps, Macedonia represents a bright example that if there are political will and leadership, solutions are possible. It has managed to resolve, almost three decades long name dispute with Greece and is set to become 30th NATO member. Can Bosnia and Herzegovina follow these examples and find common ground among the entities in pushing the country towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration? What about future prospects of integration for Serbia?

KEYNOTE SPEECH: “Steering the Wheel of Europe Against High Tides and Winds of Change” Milo ĐUKANOVIĆ, President, Montenegro

KEYNOTE SPEECH: Borut PAHOR, President, Slovenia

MODERATOR: Ali ASLAN, TV Presenter & Journalist, Germany

PANELISTS:
Marina PENDEŠ, Minister, Ministry of Defence, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Thomas SILBERHORN, Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Germany
Péter SZTÁRAY, State Secretary for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary
Igor LUKŠIĆ, Former Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of SEE, PwC, Montenegro
Damon WILSON, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, USA

Details

Date:
May 31
Time:
10:30 - 12:15

Venue

Hotel Splendid
Conference Hall Balšić, III floor
Budva, Montenegro

Details

Date:
May 31
Time:
10:30 - 12:15

Venue

Hotel Splendid
Conference Hall Balšić, III floor
Budva, Montenegro