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In the Limelight of Global Players - Western Balkans Conference 2018

Time: Thursday, March 1, 2018 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Location: Külügyi és Külgazdasági Intézet - 1016 Budapest, Bérc utca 13- 15., Hungary Map

In the Limelight of Global Players: KAS – IFAT Western Balkans Conference 2018

Budapest, 1st March 2018 Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bérc utca 15, 1016 Budapest

In 2017 we could witness important changes in the international discourse about the Western Balkans which is receiving more and more attention both from the European Union and other European and non-European actors. The increased rivalry among the external actors has important political, economic and security consequences that will affect the future of the Western Balkan countries.

With all this in mind after the first successful Western Balkans Conference in February 2017, the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Budapest decided to organize a second conference in 2018 in order to continue the exchange of opinions and views on the developments in the Western Balkan region. The main aim of the event is to examine the region from the external stakeholders’ perspective. The KAS-IFAT Western Balkans Conference 2018 will provide a unique opportunity for the participants and the audience to get a better understanding of the European and non-European actors’ interests and motivations behind their actions in the Western Balkans.

The Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung have the pleasure to invite you to the symposium entitled In the 'Limelight of Global Players’

16.30 Registration


17.00 Welcome

Márton SCHŐBERL - Director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

Frank SPENGLER - Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Hungary


17.15 Opening speech

Péter SZIJJÁRTÓ - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary


17.35 EU – Western Balkans: a special relationship

Zsolt NÉMETH - Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, Hungary

Knut ABRAHAM - Head of Division, Bilateral Relations with the States of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus, Federal Chancellery, Germany

Clive RUMBOLD - Deputy Head of Western Balkans Division, European External Action Service

Moderator: Márton UGRÓSDY - Strategic Deputy Director, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary


19.00 Reception


German-Hungarian-English simultaneous interpretation


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