EPP Group Conference on 'Balkans in the Heart of Europe'
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
15.00 - 18.30 - Room A5G3
Brussels


Programme


Tuesday, 16 November 2010


14.30 - 15.00 hrs Press Conference

Anna Politkovskaya Room, PHS 0A50, European Parliament


15.00 hrs Opening session

Joseph Daul MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament (EP)


15.15 hrs SESSION I

A new era for the Western Balkans: From Conflicts to a Democratic, Peaceful and Prosperous Region

Chairman: Gunnar Hökmark MEP, Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group in the EP and Chairman of the EPP Group WG on EU Enlargement, Neighbourhood Policy and Euronest

Introduction: Doris Pack MEP, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education of the EP and Rapporteur on Bosnia and Herzegovina


Speakers:

Sali Berisha, Prime Minister of Albania

Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Gordan Jandroković, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Croatia

István Pásztor, Leader of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians

Statement by Jozefina Topalli, Speaker of the Albanian Parliament

Debate

Conclusion: Doris Pack MEP, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education of the EP and Rapporteur on Bosnia and Herzegovina



16.30 hrs SESSION II

Europe's Responsibilities in the Balkans

Chairman: Ioannis Kasoulides MEP, Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group in the EP and Chairman of the EPP Group WG on Foreign Affairs

Introduction: Arnaud Danjean MEP, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence of the EP


Speakers:

Antonio Milososki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Mladen Ivanić, Leader of the Party of Democratic Progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Božo Ljubić, President of the HDZ 1990 Party and Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Marietta Giannakou MEP, Head of the Greek Delegation of the EPP Group in the EP, Member of the Delegation for Relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo

Anna Ibrisagic MEP, Member of the EP Delegation for Relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo

Jean-Dominique Giuliani, Chairman of the Robert Schuman Foundation

Debate

Statement: Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy


18.15 hrs Conclusions
Eduard Kukan MEP, Chairman of the EP Delegation for Relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo



For further information:
Theo Georgitsopoulos, EPP Group Press & Communications Service, Tel: +32-475-750566
Marek Hannibal, EPP Group Press & Communications Service, Tel: +32-475-753048
Lada Jurica, EPP Group Press and Communications Service, Tel: +32-2-2832493