Conference is over

Reconciliation and Good Neighbourly Relations in the Western Balkans

Foreign and security policy

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

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 from the European institutions (Commission – Parliament – Council – EEAS – Committee of the Regions - CESE) & members of the press benefit from free entrance, too. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.30 onwards.


Reconciliation and Good Neighbourly Relations in the Western Balkans

A continuing dilemma?

As the countries of the Western Balkan region prepare to fulfil the criteria for EU accession, the issues relating to reconciliation and good neighbourly relations and resolving bilateral disputes remain as seemingly insurmountable obstacles. A weak judiciary combined with reluctance to address the open wounds and handling of war crimes from the 1990s in some of the countries is fuelling the enduring deep mistrust in society. Yet Truth and Reconciliation remain essential to ensure a sustainable democratic process and lasting stability in the region.
Meanwhile numerous bilateral disputes continue to cast a shadow over the entire region. The EU has insisted that it will not import bilateral disputes and that they must be resolved by the parties concerned prior to accession. It has underlined that reconciliation, good neighbourly relations and regional cooperation are prerequisites for accession.
Are the various initiatives put forward sufficient to deal with these issues ?  What more can be done by both the countries of the region and by the EU to ensure that they can be resolved in a satisfactory manner prior to accession ?
Registration and coffee from 10.30 – Meeting from 11.00 to 12.30
Speakers list
Eduard Kukan

Member of the European Parliament (EPP/SK)

Ana Marjanovic Rudan

RECOM initiative ( Regional Commission for the Establishment of facts about victims of war crimes and other serious human rights violations committed in the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001 ),