As part of our multiyear program that deals with the Common Foreign and Security Policy and its influence on Serbia’s EU accession process, ISAC Fund is organizing its 5th international conference “CFSP and Europe Votes 2019”. The conference will take place in Hotel Metropol Palace in Belgrade, on April 11.
The main focus of the conference will as usual be on Serbia’s alignment with the EU’s approach on topics related to Chapter 31 (Common Foreign, Security and Defence policy). However, as this year’s conference falls right before the European Parliamentary elections that will take place at the end of May, it will also be important to take the upcoming elections into account and what they can mean for both Serbia and the EU, especially in the area of foreign and security policy.
Panelists will explore the expected results of the upcoming elections for the European Parliament on the decision making process within the CFSP framework and its impact on Serbia and the Western Balkans. The future composition of the European Parliament, and thus the European Commission, will directly influence the question of whether enlargement is still feasible, and to what extent will needed reforms, and more importantly, to what extent will a European value based approach, especially in areas of rule of law, democratic governance and foreign and security policy, be a perquisite in completing accession negotiations.
The second topic of the conference will examine how different EU Member States see EU – Russia relations, their impact on the position of Serbia and whether the outcome of the European elections will change that relationship in any way. At the same time, the EU-Russia relations and subsequent sanctions are the most important “point of discordance” when it comes to Serbia’s alignment with the EU, and it is important to relay that information in Serbia about the standpoints of certain Member States that might influence Serbia’s accession process.
As in the previous years, we will be gathering European policy makers, EU officials, and representatives of the expert community from Serbia and from several EU Member States.
You can follow the conference live via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ISACfund) as well as on Twitter (@ISACfund #CFSPSerbia).