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About the Event:

The European Union adopted its new Enlargement Strategy on 10 November 2015. In this Enlargement Briefing at the IIEA, Erwan Fouéré argued that the unfolding refugee crisis has added another dimension to the difficulties the EU has faced in this area, while at the same time underlining the critical importance of strengthening the European perspective for the Balkan countries and Turkey. He discussed the new elements of the enlargement strategy, and questioned whether these changes will have an effect on the reform record of the candidate and prospective candidate countries.

About the Speaker:

Erwan Fouéré is an Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS, dealing with  the Balkans, with a specific focus on Macedonia. He also served as Special Representative for the Irish 2012 Chairmanship of the OSCE, with special responsibility for the Transdniestrian settlement process. Prior to this, he was the first EU Special Representative and Head of Delegation in the EU External Service in Macedonia (2005). Before that, he was Head of Delegation in Slovenia prior to its accession, the first Head of Delegation in South Africa (1994) and the first Head of EC Delegations in Mexico and Cuba (1989).