The Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje in association with the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group – a joint initiative of the European Fund for the Balkans and the Centre for Southeast European Studies of the University of Graz invites you on the conference “European Union, Macedonia and what can we expect after the elections” dedicated to the EU enlargement process and Western Balkan with focus on Macedonia.

The event will take place on November 25, 2016 in Skopje, Macedonia (attached please find the draft agenda) with aim to involve distinguished academics, representatives of the think tank community in the Balkans as well as high representative from EU Member States present in Macedonia.

Macedonia is facing the worst political crisis since the conflict in 2001 according to the latest European Commission annual progress report. What is the way out? How to tackle long-standing political issues which are hindering the EU enlargement process? How is the western Balkans region standing? Is the Berlin process helping the western Balkans countries? These are the key questions the conference will address, and in this sense, the conference will contribute to the on-going debate about the future of Macedonia and other western Balkans countries in the EU.

The Director of the European Fund for the Balkans, Ms. Hedvig Morvai, and the President of the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje Mr. Marko Troshanovski will give an opening speech. Professor Florian Bieber of the University of Graz, Mr. Nikola Dimitrov, distinguished fellow of the Hague Institute for Global Justice and a member of BiEPAG, as well as the researcher from IDSCS, Mr. Zoran Nechev will participate on the conference.  The participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nikola Popovski is to be confirmed.

Agenda for the event