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Western Balkans Diplomatic Days: Closed multilateral panel at IFAT

As part of the “Western Balkans Diplomatic Days” series organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, representatives from Western Balkans countries spent a week in Budapest. During their stay, closed multilateral discussions were held between the diplomats from the Western Balkans and representatives of IFAT and the Ministry on 9th November 2017.


Ambassador Márton Schőberl, the Director of IFAT, delivered the opening remarks, describing both the history and roles of the Institute, and also highlighting the ties and joint projects undertaken with Western Balkans countries. Senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade prepared short presentations on foreign and security policy issues affecting both the Balkans and the Central European region. The Ministry was represented by Heads of Departments Mr István Balogh, Dr Krisztina Gosztonyi and Mr Pál Ságvári as well as Deputy Head of Department Mr Árpád Spaics.

During the second part of the event, closed discussions were held between the diplomats from the Western Balkans and representatives from IFAT and the Ministry. A wide array of current topics were elaborated upon, ranging from the prospects of EU integration and the so-called “Berlin Process” to the role of Russia and the United States in the region along with questions pertaining to energy security and the Visegrad cooperation.