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Eastern perspective: The European Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy under Review

A conference at the Academy for Political Education in Tutzing with the title “Focus on the East” will discuss the topic of European integration and the enlargement of the European Union. The EU has always been considered as a project of peace and stability for the European continent. These aspirations have convinced more and more countries to join the six founding states. Today, the EU has 27 Member States (the United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020) and the door is open to other European countries that wish to join and are determined to promote peace, democracy, stability, and prosperity.

A special interest is focused on the membership perspective of the Western Balkan countries. Turkey, which seems to have given up its membership aspirations, will also be discussed. And last but not least, attention will be drawn to Ukraine, Moldova and the Caucasus.

At the conference, crucial questions about the EU’s geopolitics in Eastern Europe and the problems of enlargement policy and its alternatives will be discussed.
The main guests of the discussion will be: Dr. Andreas Kalina (Academy for Political Education), Joachim Menze (Head of the European Commission representation in Munich), Rebecca Harms (Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2004 until 2019, member of the Alliance ’90/The Greens, part of the European Green Party) Dr. Cristina Gherasimov Robert Bosch Centre for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia of DGAP, Berlin.

Organizer: Academy for Political Education in cooperation with the European Commission representation in Munich.

Information about the conference: Tutzing, 7-8 February 2020