A panel discussion entitled “Does the Western Balkans need to have an advocacy strategy?”, connected with the presentation of Advocacy Strategy Guidelines was held at the European Information Centre in Bratislava.
The Strategy and the webportal were presented by JelicaMinić, President of the Forum of International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia. The next speaker was Henrik Markuš, Director of the Department of South-Eastern Europe and Turkey at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. In his contribution he assessed the achievements of Slovakia´s Presidency of the Council of the EU in the field of enlargement policy. Mr. Markuš also appreciated the publication of the Strategy. Hana Semanić, Senior Fellow at the Centre for European Neighbourhood Studies of the Central European University presented Hungary´s position towards the Western Balkans and enlargement policy as such, followed by Michal Vít, Analyst at the Prague based EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, who commended on the Czech position.
All the panelist agreed that the Western Balkans needs a regional advocacy strategy that would complement individual countries strategies. The discussion was moderated by Tomáš Strážay, Senior Fellow at the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and attended by foreign policy experts, journalists and foreign diplomats based in Bratislava.