EU Enlargement: Prospects and Challenges
The enlargement has been the biggest success story of the EU’s external relations. However, faced with the current crisis, calls have been made for the EU to abandon its enlargement agenda. Mr. Nikola Dimitrov, ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia to the Netherlands, will present the view from a candidate country for accession on these issues.
EU enlargement brought about the unthinkable transformation of Europe that started with the fall of the Berlin Wall, spreading the realm of stability, democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. The expanded common market has created huge economic benefits for all citizens of Europe. The perspective of joining the European family proved to be the most effective mobilizing factor for stabilization, prosperity and regional cooperation in the Balkans. However, faced with the current crisis, calls have been made for the EU to abandon its enlargement agenda, at least for some time, and to focus instead on the creation of a politically integrated euro zone. In his presentation, H.E. Mr. Nikola Dimitrov will discuss these issues and raise the question of whether these two processes can actually advance at the same time.
Nikola Dimitrov has been Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of the Netherlands since October 2009. Previously, he served at several postings, namely National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, Special Envoy of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia for European and Euro-Atlantic integration in Brussels, and Co-Agent of the Republic of Macedonia before the International Court of Justice. Mr. Dimitrov obtained his Law Degree at the Faculty of Law, St Cyril and Methodius University in the Republic of Macedonia (1996). He completed a Master of Law (LLM) at the King’s College, University of Cambridge (1998).
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