The 28th Star. Challenges of the Croatian Accession to the EU

Conferenza internazionale sull’entrata della Croazia in Europa e sulle prospettive di allargamento dell’UE; organizzata nell'ambito della sezione Eventi del "Balkan Florence Express. I Balcani come non li avete mai visti"

On July 1st, 2013 Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union and the second ex-Yugoslav state to join the EU after Slovenia. This Roundtable aims at discussing the challenges and opportunities that the European integration offers to Croatia, as well as the latter's role in the reinforcement of the EU's strategic influence on the wider Balkan region. The discussion will be widened to include the perspective of other Western Balkan states, currently in different stages of the EU integration process (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia). Academics, EUI alumni and practitioners from different disciplinary fields and areas of expertise will provide a multi-level analysis of the Balkan road towards European integration and will shed light on alternative aspects of the process, offering insights from a political, economic and legal point of view.



9:30 - 10:00 Conference opening
Welcome speech by László Bruszt, EUI (Department of Political and Social Sciences)
- Alexander H. Trechsel, European Union Observatory on Democracy (EUDO)
- Cristina Scaletti, Representative of Regione Toscana
- Francesco Petrelli, Senior Policy Advisor Oxfam Italia

10:00 - 11:00 Institutional and Policy Reforms in the Western Balkans
- Arolda Elbasani, Jean Monnet Fellow, EUI, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)
- Luisa Chiodi, Scientific Director of Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso
Chair: Lorenzo Cecchi, EUI (Department of Political and Social Sciences)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 13:00 What Does the Accession to the EU mean for Croatia? Challenges and Opportunities of the European Membership
- Damir Grubiša, Republic of Croatia's ambassador in Italy
- Branko Baričević, Head of the European Commission Representation in the Republic of Croatia
Chair: Ilaria Vianello, EUI (Law Department)

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch

14:30 - 16:00 Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, the missing pieces
- Jakob Finci, Leader of the Jewish community of Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Alessandro Rotta, Adviser on Political Affairs at European Commission Liaison Office to Kosovo
Chair: Chiara Milan, EUI (Department of Political and Social Sciences)

16:00 - 16:15 Coffee break

16:15 - 17:45 On the road towards accession: Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro
- Milica Uvalić, Professor of Economics at the University of Perugia, author of the first monography on Serbia's transition
- Vladimir Gligorov, Economist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies and country expert for Serbia and FYROM
- Jelena Dzankic, Marie-Curie Fellow, EUI (EUDO/RSCAS)
Chair: Višnja Vukov, Research Fellow, EUI (Department of Political and Social Sciences)

The roundtable will be followed by aperitivo and the theatre performance: “Kafka project: Frontiere/Borders” by Karina Holla in the Refectory Room.
The play has been nominated as the best play for the national award for the Croatian Theatre 2013

Conference registration


European University Institute - Department of Political and Social Sciences
Monika Rzemieniecka:
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