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Opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia: lessons of the past

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Opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia: lessons of the past

The Think Visegrad Platform, European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) and Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) organised a panel discussion about the possibility of opening accession talks with Western Balkans’ candidate countries Albania and North Macedonia. Since the European Council will discuss this topic on the 18th of June, a panel of distinguished speakers debated the attitude of the EU Member States and expectations from both sides.

Two-day High Level Conference in Kyiv: “Ensuring Security in Ukraine and Eastern Europe: New Formats for NATO/EU Cooperation with Ukraine”

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Two-day High Level Conference in Kyiv: “Ensuring Security in Ukraine and Eastern Europe: New Formats for NATO/EU Cooperation with Ukraine”

European Neighbourhood Council in cooperation with the Centre for Global Studies “Strategy XXI”, the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and with the support of NATO Information and Documentation Centre (NIDC) in Kyiv, held a two-day conference entitled “Ensuring Security in Ukraine and Eastern Europe: New Formats for NATO/EU Cooperation with Ukraine”. The two-day high level conference in Ukraine was a key opportunity for policy-makers in Kyiv and for NATO and EU officials based in Ukraine and Brussels to discuss for the first time about alternative formats of cooperation between the EU, NATO and Ukraine in the framework of the EU-NATO Enhanced Cooperation, focusing specifically on Cyber Security and Strategic Communication.

Roundtable policy discussion: “New trends in migration: a multi-layered perspective”

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Roundtable policy discussion: “New trends in migration: a multi-layered perspective”

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC), together with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and EuroAcademic EASC organised a roundtable policy discussion entitled “New trends in migration: a multi-layered perspective”. Experts and practitioners working on the migration issue joined the conversation, which focused on understanding its complexities and challenges, as well as on its practical policy implication from a local, national and EU-level perspective.

Expert Roundtable Discussion: Visions and Strategies for Conflict Transformation: Dominant and Alternative Discourses on Gender, Militarism, and Peace Processes

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Expert Roundtable Discussion: Visions and Strategies for Conflict Transformation: Dominant and Alternative Discourses on Gender, Militarism, and Peace Processes

Expert Roundtable Discussion: Visions and Strategies for Conflict Transformation: Dominant and Alternative Discourses on Gender, Militarism, and Peace Processes (07/12/2017, Brussels): The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) held a roundtable discussion in partnership with Imagine Centre for Conflict Transformation and the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR) for the launching of the second hard copy issue of the Caucasus Edition: Journal of Conflict Transformation, entitled “Visions and Strategies for Conflict Transformation: Dominant and Alternative Discourses on Gender, Militarism, and Peace Processes”.

Policy Dialogue: Building Peace when Solution to Conflict is Not in Sight Development Cooperation in the Areas of Protracted Conflicts in the Eastern Neighbourhood

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Policy Dialogue: Building Peace when Solution to Conflict is Not in Sight
Development Cooperation in the Areas of Protracted Conflicts in the Eastern
Neighbourhood (05/12/2017, Brussels): The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC),
together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Mission
to the European Union, organised a policy dialogue dedicated to the role of development
cooperation in conflict areas in the Eastern European Neighbourhood.

Roundtable discussion – “Threats to Stability in Wider Europe”

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Roundtable discussion – “Threats to Stability in Wider Europe” (18/10/2017): The 18th
of October, ENC organised a roundtable discussion together with the University of St
Andrews on “The EU and Security Issues in Wider Europe”. Experts and academics from

the University of St Andrews, University of Coimbra, ENC research staff and a
representative from the European External Action Service (EEAS) participated in the event.

The Eastern Partnership: Deliverables, Prospects and Challenges

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The Eastern Partnership: Deliverables, Prospects and Challenges (06/06/2017,
European Parliament, Brussels): Before the Eastern Partnership summit, taking place on
the 24th of November in Brussels, the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC)
co-organised a parliamentary roundtable discussion with the European Alliance for Georgia
(EAFG) to highlight the prospects, expectations and challenges for the countries in the
region.

European Solidarity Corps: A new EU initiative for youth

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European Solidarity Corps: A new EU initiative for youth

Together with European Demos, the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) organised an event to introduce young people to the new initiative EU Solidarity Corps. Aiming to tackle Europe’s youth unemployment and to strengthen the common European values, the initiative is offering volunteering services to EU citizens in the age of 18-30 years (registration is possible from the age of 17). Citizens from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia can also participate.

A discussion on Turkey: From Coup Attempt to Referendum – Identity Groups Revisited

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A discussion on Turkey: From Coup Attempt to Referendum – Identity Groups Revisited

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) organised, in collaboration with Public Policy and Democracy Studies (PODEM), a roundtable discussion on Turkey – from coup attempt to referendum, focusing on different identity and minority groups. The leading Turkish think tank deals with issues related to Kurds, judiciary controls, security, refugees and Syria, among other topics. In the light of a recent research report released by PODEM, the event helped brief EU policy-makers and parliamentarians about the current political and social situation after the coup attempt last year, as well as providing data and surveyed perceptions about how different identity groups in Turkey view the coup attempt and the upcoming referendum.