Caricamento Eventi


28th of September 2020

14,00 – 14,30 Participants Registration

14,30 – 14,45 Welcome Remarks

  • Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo, President, NATO Defense College Foundation, Rome *
  • Olivier Rittimann, Commandant, NATO Defense College, Rome

14,45 – 15,00 Opening Remarks

  • Wolfgang Petritsch, President, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, Vienna*

15,00 – 16,15

Session 1

Ways and means for a credible inclusion

Since the Dayton Agreement the Balkans have been a success story in terms of peace-building and stability. Nevertheless, both domestic difficulties and the constant crises in the international environment affecting the Balkan Six have made the integration path particularly difficult, in addition to a global pandemic with unprecedented effects. The EU presidency is committed to continue negotiations at different levels with Serbia, Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia. Half of the region is still in a limbo concerning NATO membership. What are the best paths and instruments towards a credible inclusion? How can we forestall regional enlargement fatigue?

Chair: Ivan Vejvoda, Permanent Fellow, Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna

  • Nicola de Santis, Head Engagements Section, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO Headquarters, Brussels (Virtual)
  • Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director General, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Brussels
  • Ian Lesser, Vice President and Executive Director, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Brussels
  • Andrea Orizio, Head of Mission, OSCE, Belgrade


16,15 – 16,45 Coffee/Tea break

16,45 – 17,00

Question time with:

Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council, Washington D.C.(Virtual)*

Interviewer: Valerie Hopkins, Financial Times, South-East Europe Correspondent, London


17,00 – 18,15

Session 2

The Balkans’ driving forces

The Balkans are fighting for their future. The intertwining between domestic policies still hostage to old and new factionalisms, extremely fragile economies and societal tensions towards more freedom, is common to all countries but it presents also local peculiarities that need a tailored approach. How can societies break the political depression-repression cycle that erodes public confidence and pushes towards emigration and depopulation?

Chair: Arne Sannes Bjørnstad, Special Representative for Western Balkans, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo

  • Luisa Chiodi, Scientific Director, OBC Transeuropa, Trento
  • Remzi Lani, Executive Director, Albanian Media Institute, Tirana
  • Valbona Zeneli, Chair, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies,
  • Lubomir Ivanov, former Permanent Representative of Bulgaria, NATO, Brussels


18,15 – 18,30 Concluding Remarks

Piero Fassino, President, Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies, Rome


End of the Conference

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