Western Balkans EU Integration

Western Balkans and the EU integration process

Expert workshop at the AIES

Dec 12, 2023 / Vienna / EU Neighbourhood

On December 12, 2023, the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy hosted an exclusive workshop on "The Challenges of the Western Balkans in the European Integration Process with Special focus on the Geopolitical Situation and the Influence of the External Actors". The focus was on the most pressing current challenges in the Western Balkans that hinder or promote EU integration, the influence of external actors and the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Four experts presented at the workshop: 

Dr. Vuk Vuksanovic, Senior Researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Serbia
Kristof Bender, Deputy Chairman at the European Stability Initiative (ESI), Austria
Antun Krsevan Dujmovic M.sc., Senior Associate at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Croatia
Asya Metodieva Ph.D., Researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR), Czech Republic
Viola Cintia M.A., Research Fellow at the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs (HIIA), Hungary

The discussion was organized and moderated by AIES Research Fellow Livia Benko.

The workshop took place in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defense.