On 27 April 2015 ESI's Kristof Bender participated at a conference on European integration and regional cooperation in the Western Balkans in Tirana. The event was organised by the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe in co-operation with the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kristof spoke about about the EU accession process in the Western Balkans and presented ESI's proposal for a new generation of progress reports. Other speakers included Montenegro's chief negotiator Aleksandar Pejovic, EU Delegation head Romana Vlahutin, OSCE Ambassador Florian Raunig, the chair of the foreign affairs committee of the Kosovo parliament Enver Hoxhaj, former High Representative Wolfgang Petritsch and former MEP Hannes Swoboda.
- Can the EU accession process work in the Western Balkans? (power point presentation)