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Covid-19 and the geopolitics of the Balkans

How have China, Russia, Turkey and others stepped up their activities in the Balkans at a time when the prospect of enlargement is diminished?

Date: April 29, 2021, 4:30 pm Topic: European governance

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Bruegel · Covid-19 and the Geopolitics of the Balkans

The broad issue is how China, Russia, Turkey and others have stepped up their activities in the Balkans at a time when the enlargement perspective is sinking below the horizon, despite repeated promises that all Balkan countries will become EU members. In realpolitik terms, outside powers are trying to fill a vacuum which is largely of our own making.  Areas concerned include public health (vaccine diplomacy), investment, infrastructure, (BRI), energy, and defence. The situation would look very different if the EU had extended its vaccine, employment and recovery initiatives to the 17.5 million people of the region.

Schedule

Apr 29, 2021

16:30-17:00

Conversation

Chair: Michael Leigh, Senior Fellow

Pierre Mirel, Honorary Director General, European Commission

Justyna Szczudlik, Head of Asia-Pacific Programme and China analyst, Polish Institute of International Affairs

Aleksandra Tomanić, Executive Director, European Fund for the Balkans

Catherine Wendt, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG NEAR

17:00-17:30

Q&A

Speakers

Michael Leigh

Senior Fellow

Pierre Mirel

Honorary Director General, European Commission

Aleksandra Tomanić

Executive Director, European Fund for the Balkans

Justyna Szczudlik

Head of Asia-Pacific Programme and China analyst, Polish Institute of International Affairs

Catherine Wendt

Head of Unit, European Commission, DG NEAR

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Matilda Sevon

[email protected]

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