The New South East Europe - The Next Enlargement

749th Wilton Park Conference
Dubrovnik
Thursday 10 June – Sunday 13 June 2004

Hosted by The Ministry Of European Integration Of Croatia and the City Of Dubrovnik

In Association With The European Stability Initiative

Sponsored by The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) and The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

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THURSDAY 10 JUNE 2004

1700-1710

 

 

 

1710-1715

1

WELCOME

Kolinda GRABAR - KITAROVIĆ
Minister of European Integration, Zagreb

Colin JENNINGS
Chief Executive, Wilton Park

CONFERENCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES


Chris LANGDON
South East Europe Director, Wilton Park

 

1715-1750

1

THE NEW SOUTH EAST EUROPE: THE NEXT ENLARGEMENT
What is the next phase of Croatia's EU accession strategy? What are its concrete proposals for regional co-operation?  What is Croatia’s vision of the new South East Europe?
Speaker to be announced.

 

1750-1800

 

Coffee/Tea

 

1800-1930

2

SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2006
What will South Eastern Europe look like in 2006, if present trends continue?  What will be its relationship to the European Union?  What would it take to put the turbulent past decade behind it for good?

Gerald KNAUS
Director, European Stability Initiative, Berlin

Radmila ŠEKERINSKA
Deputy Prime Minister of Macedonia, Skopje

Milan CVIKL
Minister without Portfolio for European Affairs, Ljubljana

 

2000

 

BRITISH AMBASSADOR’S RECEPTION
Gradska Kavana, Dubrovnik Old City

 

FRIDAY 11 JUNE 2004

0915-1045

3

EUROPEANISATION AS A MOTOR FOR CHANGE:

THE BULGARIAN EXPERIENCE
A decade ago Bulgaria looked locked into the periphery of Europe; today it has confounded the sceptics; it is due to join the Union in 2007, a member of NATO, and attracting foreign direct investment, and is improving its infrastructure with growing European Union support.  How has this come about? What are the key lessons for the other countries in the region?

Vladimir KISSIOV
Speaker of the City Assembly, former Chief EU Negotiator, Sofia

Chair: Kristof BENDER
Senior Analyst, European Stability Initiative, Vienna

 

1045-1115

 

Photograph and Coffee/Tea

 

1115-1245

4

THE EUROPEAN UNION & SOUTH EAST EUROPE BEYOND 2006
Following the recent enlargement, is the EU ready for another expansion?  In an environment of growing budgetary pressures, will the Union be able to put aside the resources for the budgetary period 2006-2013 that it would take to make a success of its South Eastern enlargement?  Can the EU prevent a deepening of the internal division of the region?

Janez POTOČNIK
European Commissioner, Brussels

 

1245-1415

 

Lunch

 

1415-1545

5

PARALLEL SESSIONS 

  1. REGIONAL CO-OPERATION - PRACTICAL STEPS
    How can transnational border co-operation be improved - what concrete steps can be taken?  How will successive EU enlargements affect regional co-operation? 

    Davor ČILIĆ
    Assistant Minister, Ministry of European Integration, Zagreb

    Chair:  Paul FOX
    Deputy Head, Eastern Adriatic Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London

  2. HOW CAN THE EUROPEANISATION EFFECT WORK IN BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA (BiH)? 
    How close is Bosnia and Herzegovina today to meet the Copenhagen political criteria?  When will international organisations cease to play a direct role in its internal governance? Is there a sufficiently strong domestic consensus to move towards meeting EU criteria?

    Mladen IVANIĆ
    Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

    Chair: Marcus COX
    Senior Editor, ESI, London

1545-1615

 

Tea/Coffee

 

1615-1630

6

PARALLEL SESSION REPORT BACK
What are the policy outcomes/ideas from each session?  Chairs to provide five minute summary.

 

1630-1730

6

EUROPEANISATION AS A MOTOR FOR CHANGE: THE TURKISH EXPERIENCE
What has been the impact of the 1999 EU Helsinki summit decision on Turkish reforms? How important is the prospect of beginning membership negotiations next year for sustaining the momentum of change?  What would be the impact of such negotiations on the wider South East Europe region?

Murat Emin SUNGAR
Secretary General, Secretariat General for EU Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Ankara

 

1800

 

TOUR OF DUBROVNIK

 

2000

 

LINĐO FOLKLORE ENSEMBLE

Lazareti

 

2040

 

INFORMAL BUFFET DINNER
Revelin Tower, City of Dubrovnik

 

SATURDAY 12 JUNE 2004

0915-1030

7

PARALLEL SESSIONS

  1. KOSOVO AND THE EUROPEANISATION AGENDA
    Given current trends, will Kosovo be more stable and prosperous in 2006 than it is now?  Will its citizens be closer to European integration?  Will the European Union be required to take a bigger role in stabilising Kosovo and helping it catch up?  How much have the March riots set back the prospects for a multiethnic and European Kosovo?

    Gerald KNAUS
    Director, Lessons Learned and Analysis Unit, EU Pillar of UNMIK, Pristina

  2. EUROPEANISATION AS A MOTOR FOR CHANGE:

    The IMPACT ON MONTENEGRO
    What will be Montenegro's relationship with the European Union in 2007? How can Montenegro accelerate its preparations? What concrete steps will the Government take? Does the Europeanisation agenda have a real impact?

    Gordana ĐUROVIĆ
    Minister for International Economic Relations and European Integration, Podgorica

1030-1045

 

DISCUSSION GROUP REPORT BACK

 

1045-1115

 

Coffee/Tea

 

1115-1245

8

PARALLEL SESSIONS

EUROPEANISATION AS A MOTOR FOR CHANGE:

  1. THE ROMANIAN EXPERIENCE
    As Romania prepares to join the European Union in 2007 what challenges remain?  What are the lessons from the pre-accession period that are relevant to other South East European countries? What will be the impact of its accession on the wider region?

    Alexandru FARCAS
    Minister of European Integration, Bucharest

  2. THE SERBIAN EXPERIENCE
    What is needed for Serbia to catch up with its neighbours who have either joined, are about to join or are about to begin negotiations with the Union? What can be done to strengthen the domestic consensus in favour of EU integration?   

    Radmila MILIVOJEVIC
    Secretary General, Office of European Integration, Government of Serbia, Belgrade
  3. HE ALBANIAN EXPERIENCE
    How significant is the EU as a motor for change in Albania?  What will be Albania’s relationship with the European Union in 2007?

    Ermelinda MEKSI
    Minister of European Integration, Tirana

     

1245-1300

 

DISCUSSION GROUP REPORT-BACK

 

1300-1430

 

Lunch

 

1430-1545

9

WHAT IS AT STAKE FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE – TOWARDS THE DUTCH PRESIDENCY
What will be the key issues in South East Europe for the Dutch Presidency? Is the EU ready for another major enlargement beyond 2007?

Klaas van der TEMPEL
Director, Western Balkans Division, South East and East Europe Affairs Department, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Hague

 

1545-1615

 

Tea/Coffee

 

1615-1715

10

CLOSING SESSION – SOUTH EAST EUROPE 2006

Gerald KNAUS
Director, ESI, Berlin

Kolinda GRABAR - KITAROVIĆ
Minister of European Integration, Zagreb

 

1800 

 

 

BOAT EXCURSION TO CAVTAT

2000

 

FINAL DINNER
Konavoski Dvori

SUNDAY 13 JUNE 2004

0800

 

Breakfast

 

0930

 

Participants Depart

 

1230

 

Informal lunch for remaining participants



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