Zagreb: Croatian State Archives, Marulicev trg 21
Thursday 28th April, 2016 at 16:30
As part of the overall outreach efforts and strategic reflection process in the run up to the preparation of the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy (EUGS) the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), together with the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia are jointly organising an EUGS Roundtable Discussion in Zagreb, Croatia. The event will be opened by a key note speech by Miro Kovač, PhD, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia. It will consequently develop into a public panel focussing on different aspects and challenges the enlargement policies have for the EU’s global action.
Following the tasking of the 2015 June European Council the HR/VP has initiated a broad consultation process intended to hail support for and raise awareness of the importance of the EU external action and eventually feed into ongoing preparatory work on the EUGS. The Roundtable Discussion in Zagreb will bring together key stakeholders from the EU and Croatia. The discussion is intended to give another energy boost to the importance of the EU’s action in its immediate neighbourhood and the credibility this provides for the EU’s global action and outreach. It should also provide for an opportunity to reflect on ways to maintain the EU’s appeal provided by enlargement and use its power of transformation and attraction more efficiently to maintain and revive the reform momentum and project stability and resilience in the EU and its neighbourhood. There is a clear strategic interlinkage between the resilience of the EU and its enlargement policies, therefore enlargement should have a prominent role in the EU Global Strategy.