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On 17 May 2018, European Union leaders will gather in Sofia, Bulgaria, to discuss a course of action that will strengthen links between the EU and the countries of the Western Balkans. In advance of this summit, the European Commission has published a Strategy on the Western Balkans, which outlines six specific initiatives that aim to support the transformation of the Western Balkans and prepare the European Union for future enlargement. In his address to the IIEA, Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director-General at the European Commission DG for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, presented the key ideas from this Strategy and discussed the perspective for enlargement of the EU to the Western Balkans.


About the Speaker:

Maciej Popowski has been Deputy Director-General of Directorate General Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) since April 2016. Within this role, he is responsible for relations with the EU’s Southern neighbourhood and Turkey. He is also responsible for migration refugee issues as well as security issues. He previously served as Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) from 2011 to 2015. Prior to his service within EU institutions, he worked in the Polish Foreign Service from 1991 to 2008, notably serving as Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU from 2001 to 2008.