Preparing South East Europe for EU accession

WPS05/11 Wilton Park Conference
Skopje
Thursday 29 – Friday 30 September 2005

Hosted by the Secretariat for European Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia

In Association with the British Presidency of the EU

Additional Sponsorship from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL DAY

WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2005

1930

 

WELCOME COCKTAIL DRINKS

Hosted by Radmila ŠEKERINSKA
Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of European Integration, Skopje

2000

 

BUFFET DINNER

THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2005

0915-0925

1

WELCOME

CONFERENCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Chris LANGDON
Director, South-East Europe, Wilton Park

0925

1

CREATING A MOMENTUM FOR SOUTH EAST EUROPE

Vlado BUČKOVSKI
Prime Minister, Skopje

[On the record]

1045-1115

 

PHOTOGRAPH & COFFEE BREAK

1115-1215

2

PREPARING FOR CANDIDACY - MACEDONIA’S STRATEGY

Making it happen:

  • What are the practical steps countries of SE Europe need to take now to prepare for EU accession?
  • How has a consensus been built up in Macedonia on key reforms required for EU integration?
  • What have been Macedonia’s biggest areas of weakness - how can they be practically addressed?

Radmila ŠEKERINSKA
Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of European Integration, Skopje

1215-1315

3

PREPARING FOR EU NEGOTIATIONS - CROATIA’S STRATEGY

As Croatia addresses the EU’s conditions for starting negotiations, what is Croatia’s strategy in concrete terms?

How does it engage with public opinion at home and with enlargement fatigue in EU member states?

Kolinda GRABAR KITAROVIĆ
Foreign and EU Affairs Minister, Zagreb

1315-1430

 

LUNCH

1430-1600

4

TOWARDS A BREAKTHROUGH? THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION OF SERBIA

What precisely would the start of SAA negotiations mean for Serbia’s reform programme?

Miroljub LABUS
Deputy Prime Minister, Belgrade

Ivan VEJVODA
Director, Balkan Trust Fund, Belgrade

1600-1630

 

TEA/COFFEE

1630-1800

5

ADDRESSING ENLARGEMENT FATIGUE WITHIN THE EU:

WHAT CAN THE COUNTRIES OF SOUTH EAST EUROPE DO?

The contribution of enlargement fatigue to the “no” votes in the referenda is often contested. What is not in doubt is that that public concerns about enlargement have to be directly addressed. What can the countries of South East Europe do to make their cases more effectively? Do actions speak louder than words?

Gerald KNAUS
President, European Stability Initiative, Istanbul

Axel WALLDÉN
Western Balkans Directorate, DG Enlargement, European Commission, Brussels

Chair

Tim JUDAH
Journalist and Writer, London

1815-1930

 

EXCURSION

20 00

 

DINNER

Hosted by HM Ambassador on behalf of British Presidency of the EU

Robert CHATTERTON-DICKSON

     


FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2005

     

0915-1045

6

SOUTH EAST EUROPE AND THE EU: HOW CAN ECONOMIC CONVERGANCE HAPPEN?

Addressing the weak state of the economies in the region requires consistent and stable policies. Integrated development planning and policy co-ordination will be essential factors determining progress. What are the key political and practical steps that are necessary? How will the IPA (Instrument for Pre Accession) encourage structural reforms and economic development?

Fatmir BESIMI
Minister of Economy, Skopje

John BRADLEY
Research Professor, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

1045-1130

 

COFFEE/TEA

1130-1300

7

USING EUROPEANISATION AS THE MOTOR OF REFORM - AGRICULTURE

Agriculture and rural development are vital to the economies of South East Europe. They are also central to the EU accession process given that agriculture takes 40% of the EU budget. The Agricultural Chapter is a major part of the acquis of the EU. How precisely could the tools used by the EU in previous enlargement rounds be applied to future candidates? What are the lessons from Bulgaria?

Kristof BENDER
Senior Analyst, European Stability Initiative, Vienna

Miroslava GEORGIEVA
Director, Rural Development Directorate, Rural Development Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Sofia

1300-1430

 

LUNCH

1430-1600

8

USING EUROPEANISATION AS THE MOTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL REFORM

How can domestic reformers use Europeanisation as a motor for institutional reform? What are the lessons from regional and national level in Poland and Greece?

Loukas TSOUKALIS
Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission; President, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens

Jacek SZLACHTA
Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw

*Janusz ZALESKI
Director, Wroclaw Regional Development Agency (WARR), Wroclaw

1600-1630

 

TEA/COFFEE

1630-1730

9

THE EU AND SOUTH EAST EUROPE: SCENARIOS FOR 2006

Vessela TCHERNEVA
Project Coordinator, International Commission on the Balkans, Centre for Liberal Studies, Sofia

Nicholas WHYTE
Europe Program Director, ICG, Brussels

Borut GRGIC
Director, Institute for Strategic Studies, Ljubljana

1730-1830

10

CONCLUDING SESSION

HOW CAN SOUTH EAST EUROPE BECOME A EUROPEAN SUCCESS STORY?

*Alain LE ROY
Former EU Special Representative, Mission of the European Union to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Director for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris

*Michael SAHLIN
EU Special Representative, Mission of the European Union to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Skopje

Radmila ŠEKERINSKA
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of EU integration, Skopje

1930

 

DINNER

SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER 2005

0915

 

International participants depart for airport



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