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    High-profile IRE conference with the 6 Foreign and European Ministers of the Western Balkans

    24th – 26th of September 2017: 13th CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN REGIONS AND CITIES in the Salzburg Congress
    IRE Chairman Franz Schausberger is pleased to announce that the 6 Foreign and European Ministers of the Western Balkans will participate in this year’s 13th Conference of European Regions and Cities. The aim of the EU’s enlargement policy is to unite the European countries in a common political and economic vision, which the IRE brings to the fore in the form of a conference. The EU enlargement strategy is therefore a crucial instrument for promoting political, economic and social reforms to consolidate peace, stability and democracy throughout the continent.

    EU-Commissioner of European Enlargement Negotiations and Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, will as highly-topical speaker in the IRE-Forum ”The Next Generation of New EU Member States inform on the possibilities for the accession of the potential member countries to the EU.


    In this period, accession negotiations and their future for the next generations are one of the most central policy areas of the European Union. The focus lies now on the countries of the Western Balkans, whose following 6 Foreign and European Ministers will participate in the IRE forum as panelists to explain and discuss the future of the next generations of EU Member States:

    Igor Crnadak

       (Minister of Foreign Affairs, BiH)
    Klajda Gjosha   
    (Minister of European Integration, Albania)   

    Enver Hoxhaj

       (Foreign Minister, Kosovo)
    Jadranka Joksimović   
    (Minister of European Integration, Serbia)   
    Bujar Osmani
    (Deputy Prime Minister responsible for European Affairs, FYRO Macedonia)

    Aleksandar Andrija Pejović   

    (Minister of European Affairs, Montenegro)   
     The potential EU Member States provide positive contributions to economic, social and regional cohesion in Europe, which is why the development and integration of the West Balkans countries should be encouraged. The regions of South-East Europe have been experiencing considerable political, democratic and economic growth for more than 20 years through their approach to the EU.
    The program and further information can be found here
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