The Irish Presidency coincides with the 10 year anniversary of the EU-Western Balkans Summit held in Thessaloniki. The conclusions agreed there gave a political commitment to an EU future for the Western Balkan countries.
The Summit also adopted a concrete set of proposals to achieve this aim - the Thessaloniki Agenda. The purpose of this conference is to reflect on progress made over the last 10 years, the difficulties encountered and the outlook for completion of the project.
It will also provide an opportunity to consider changes in EU policy towards both enlargement in general and the Western Balkans in particular, post-Lisbon and in light of the euro crisis.
The conference theme is in line with the Presidency priority of promoting enlargement of the Union. This conference is aimed at officials and academics.
24.05.2013, 18:40 GMT
Lucinda Creighton and FYROM Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki at conference on EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans
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20130524 Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore & Croatian First Deputy Prime Minister Vesna Pusić at conference on EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans