WESTERN BALKANS SUMMIT
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  October 1st 2019
08:00 Registration and refreshments
08:50
THE ECONOMIST’S OUTLOOK ON THE EU AND THE WESTERN BALKANS
Joan Hoey, regional director, Europe, The Economist Intelligence Unit
09:00
STABILITY AND GROWTH IN SOUTH-EAST EUROPE:
ARE WE ON THE RIGHT TRACK?

Official opening:
Zoran Zaev, prime minister, North Macedonia
09:20
Discussion
09:40
THE WESTERN BALKANS IN THE ERA OF GREAT POWER COMPETITION 

Keynote address:

Wess Mitchell, former US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs

09:50Discussion
10:10
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS TOWARDS EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
FOR THE WESTERN BALKANS?
The Prespa Agreement: how is it shaping the Balkan landscape?

Zoran Zaev, prime minister, North Macedonia
Martin Schulz, former president of the European Parliament, former leader of the Social Democratic Party
Alexis Tsipras, leader of the main opposition, former prime minister of Greece 
10:40Discussion 
11:15
Break
11:45
THE EU’S PERSPECTIVE

Bujar Osmani, deputy prime minister in charge of European affairs, North Macedonia
Guy Verhofstadt, member of the European Parliament, member of the Renew Europe Group, former prime minister of Belgium
Dimitrios Papadimoulis, vice-president, European Parliament
12:05
Discussion
12:30
THE WESTERN BALKANS: LEAVING RIVALRY AND INSECURITY BEHIND
NATO’s new chapter
Security and Cooperation in the Western Balkans: a changing landscape?

Miroslav Lajčák, chairperson, OSCE, minister of foreign & European affairs, Slovakia
Tacan Ildem, assistant secretary general for public diplomacy, NATO
Nikola Dimitrov, minister of foreign affairs, North Macedonia
Nemanja Stevanović, state secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia

Othon Anastasakis, director, south-east European studies, Oxford University, senior research fellow, St Antony’s College
Damir Marusic, nonresident senior fellow, Atlantic Council, USA
13:00Discussion
13:30
Networking luncheon
15:00
PAVING THE WAY TOWARDS PROSPERITY
What are the most significant economic challenges that the Western Balkans are facing?
How can cooperation and synergies in the region flourish?

Nina Angelovska, minister of finance, North Macedonia
Matteo Rivellini, head of division, European Investment Bank (EIB)
Bojan Markovic, deputy director for sector economics and policy, EBRD

The credit rating agencies’ viewpoint
Colin Ellis, chief credit officer, EMEA, Moody’s Investors Service
15:30
Discussion
15:50
CAN THE WESTERN BALKANS EVOLVE AS A THRIVING BUSINESS HUB?
How can the region attract investment?
The critical role of infrastructure and networks
Taking a shortcut to growth through innovation

Shaping the business landscape of the region and its future potential
Danela Arsovska, president, MCC
Athanasios Savvakis, president, Federation of Industries of Greece (SBE)
Marco Mantovanelli, country manager for Kosovo and for North Macedonia, World Bank

The business leaders respond:
Stefan Peter, chairman of the management board, EVN Macedonia
Sotirios Theofanis, chairman of the BoD & managing director, Thessaloniki Port Authority
Alp Er Tunga Ersoy, general manager, TAV Macedonia
16:30
Discussion
17:00
End of conference

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