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Conference: Candidate Countries - with ot without you? Po Paris, 29 April 2011


Annual Conference of the Master in
European Affairs at Sciences Po Paris entitled "Candidate countries: with or
without you?" The conference features speakers such as Miroslav Lajcak, EEAS
Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia and former High Representative for
Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Sylvain Kahn, a French researcher who proposed EU
membership to Tunisia in a Le Monde op-ed.

I equally invite you take part in a conference on the Balkans organized in Paris
the day before by one of our partners, Association Jean Monnet. More
information about it can be found at:
http://www.mouvement-europeen.eu/Evenement-We-are-Europeans-pour-promouvoir-l-adhesion-des-pays-de

If you decide to come to one of these exceptional events, I invite you to
register at:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGtDcXZVc05yMkVQWDMxMXJ4VlFlTHc6MQ

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dC1CRDlLTzUyRnZmUzBhOTFmYzZWZEE6MQ

The conference at Sciences Po will take place on 29 April 2011 from 1 to 7 pm at
28, rue St-Peres (Amphitheatre Caquot), Paris. The program is as follows:

Annual Conference of the Master in European Affairs, Sciences Po Paris

“CANDIDATE COUNTRIES: WITH OR WITHOUT YOU?”

13:00 – 13:15 Welcome speeches
Mr. Florent Parmentier,
Scientific Advisor, Master in European Affairs, Sciences Po
Mr. Renaud Soufflot de Magny,
Deputy Head, European Commission Representation in France

13:15 – 13:50 Opening Speech by Keynote Speaker
Mr. Miroslav Lajčák,
EEAS Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia


13:50 – 15:20 PANEL I: PERCEPTIONS OF EUROPE

What do the citizens of EU member states think about the candidates for EU
membership? What do the non-EU Europeans think about the EU? Is Turkey doomed to
receive negative polls forever? How can be Europeans convinced about the
benefits of enlargement? What role does “European identity” play in the process
of EU enlargement?

Moderator: Mr. Christian Lequesne, Director, CERI, Sciences Po
- H. E. Berglind Ásgeirsdóttir, Appointed Ambassador of Iceland to
France, Spain, Italy, and Andorra, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the
OECD, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe (TBC)
- Mr. Goran Štefanić, Deputy Head of Mission, Croatian Embassy in Paris
- Ms. Sylvie Goulard, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE, FR),
former adviser to the President of the European Commission
- Mr. Jean Dominique Guiliani, Chairman, Robert Schuman Foundation

Discussion

15:20 – 15:30 Coffee Break



15:30 – 17:00 PANEL II: FILLING THE GAP? A STRATEGY FOR THE BALKANS

Does the EU want to democratize or only stabilize the Western Balkans? Are the
EU’s individual and regional approaches towards the ex-Yugoslav countries
balanced in the right way? Is the carrot-and-stick strategy applied in Central
Europe effective in the Western Balkans? Would the enlargement still be
interesting for the EU if Greece was bordering Slovenia?

Moderator: Ms. Olga Spaiser, PhD Candidate, Centre d’études européennes,
Sciences Po
- Mr. Zoltán Fejes, First Counsellor – European Affairs, Hungarian
Embassy in Paris
- Ms. Gaëlle Pério, journalist, author, Robert Schuman Foundation
- Mr. Vincent Rey, Deputy Head of Unit A2 – Information and
Communication, DG Enlargement, European Commission
- Ms. Natasha Wunsch, Programme Officer at the Alfred von
Oppenheim-Center for European Policy Studies, German Council on Foreign
Relations

Discussion

17:00 – 17:10 Coffee Break


17:10 – 18:40 PANEL III: ALTERNATIVES TO ENLARGEMENT

Are there any viable alternatives to EU enlargement and full membership in the
EU? What are the other possibilities and platforms of cooperation? What can the
EU offer to the North African countries attempting democratization?

Moderator: Mr. Philippe Perchoc, President, Nouvelle Europe
- Ms. Heather Grabbe, Director, Open Society Institute – Brussels,
former advisor to the Commissioner for Enlargement
- Mr. Sylvain Kahn, Senior Researcher, Sciences Po Centre d’histoire,
Producer and Moderator, France Culture
- Mr. Gerald Knaus, Director, European Stability Initiative
- Mr. Mongi Bousnina, Former Tunisian Minister of Culture, Former
Tunisian Ambassador in France
Discussion
18:40 – 19
:00 Final Remarks and Conclusions
Mr. Florent Parmentier, Scientific Advisor, Master in European Affairs, Sciences
Po 19:00 Reception