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4 December 2015
Vienna EU foreign policy and the Western Balkans - Reengagement as a strategic choice
Sebastian Kurz (Austrian Foreign Minister)  Antonio Missiroli (Director, EUISS)  Hedvig Morvai (Executive Director, European Fund  for the Balkans)  Gerald Knaus (ESI). Photo: Austrian Foreign Ministry
Sebastian Kurz (Austrian Foreign Minister) – Antonio Missiroli (Director, EUISS) – Hedvig Morvai (Executive Director, European Fund for the Balkans) – Gerald Knaus (ESI). Photo: Austrian Foreign Ministry

ESI's Gerald Knaus and Kristof Bender participated in a workshop organised by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), and ESI, and with the support of the European Fund for the Balkans on "EU foreign policy and the Western Balkans – Reengagement as a strategic choice". Gerald gave the keynote speech at the first panel on "EU accession: drivers, hurdles and prospects" where he presented a concept paper ("Accession and Reform") prepared by ESI for the conference.

This event was part of a series of outreach and consultation events that are being organised as part of the strategic review with a view to feeding into the new EU Global Strategy. This series began with the EUISS' Annual Conference (early October 2015) and will end with the next EUISS Annual Conference (April 2016). It was attended by around 160 senior Austrian civil servants and diplomats, think tankers and other experts. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz opened the conference. Other participants included:

ESI concept paper: Accession and Reform (30 November 2015)

Conference agenda

Panel discussion. Photo: Austrian Foreign Ministry
Panel discussion. Photo: Austrian Foreign Ministry
Introduction by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Photo: Austrian Foreign Ministry
Introduction by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. Photo: Austrian Foreign Ministry

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