The political crisis in Macedonia dramatically deteriorated following the Macedonian President's pardoning in April of several senior government and political party officials under investigation for corruption and abuse of power. The President's decision undermined the work of the Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate the wiretapping scandal. Early elections have been postponed twice. With the EU brokered political agreement of 2015 on life support, the question arises whether the EU should be doing more to find a way out of the crisis. The lunch time debate will examine these questions and what impact this crisis has for the rule of law in the region and the credibility of the EU's enlargement agenda.
Free participation in our meetings is a benefit of CEPS membership. Non-members may be admitted for Euro 50, paid in cash at registration. Representatives of the European institutions & members of the press benefit from free entrance, too. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards.